Old Man Metal Rates: 25 January 2020

Cerebral Rot - Odious Descent into Decay (2019) 4/5 stars First full-length slab of filthy, Autopsy-bred death metal from Seattle's Cerebral Rot. Composed of mostly mid-length tracks, with three longer ones— opener, middle track, and closer; all of them eschew the verse/chorus paradigm, opting instead for linear free-form verse. Down- and mid-tempo doomy power chords,... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 7

Nephilim - My Grief/Ol'Cracker and Exhorresco Hot Sauce Join Pulpit of Doom and Screamin Demon host Old Man Metal on the seventh episode of his solo podcast as he introduces the new Hot Sauce of the Month feature and checks out Exhorresco Hot Sauce, plus the new black metal track Nephilim by My Grief and... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Metal Albums of 2019

Looking beyond the fact that 2019 was another great year for metal— I will never get tired of saying that— what is even more heartening to me is the fact that four of my Top Ten Metal Albums of 2019 were debuts; new bands just coming out of the gate put out some fantastic metal... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 5

New Metal From Enforced, Possessor and Wraith Join Pulpit of Doom and Screamin Demon host Old Man Metal on the fifth episode of his solo podcast as he looks at the latest albums from Enforced (crossover/thrash from Virginia), Possessor (stoner/sludge from London) and Wraith (black/speed/hardcore from Indiana). Featuring improved MilkDrop video sequences, the last footage... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 9 October 2019

Possessor - Gravelands (2019) 4/5 stars Gravelands is the fourth LP from London's Possessor: six tracks of ace stoner/sludge bookended by an intro and an atmospheric reprise whose common aural element— crackling flames— is a great metaphor for the overall driven feel of this album. From the opening Motörhead bass chug, there is no letup... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 16 September 2019

Maat - As We Create the Hope From Above (2014) 4/5 stars Maat play excellent Egyptian-themed death metal, largely in the vein of Nile: multi-tempo, very demanding technical death metal riffing combined with Eastern-flavored thematic rhythm guitar work and leads, both of which are often played over drumming that is running at a very different... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 18 August 2019

Lowest Creature - Sacrilegious Pain (2019) 4/5 stars. Lowest Creature play a straightforward style of metal that sees compelling mid-tempo thrash and crossover riffs bolted together into uncomplicated verse/chorus structures, driven in alternating fits by D-beats and thrash-style drumming, with well-placed uptempo sections, hangs and sick mosh parts to build and release tension. Well-done thrash... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal Rates: 12 August 19

Legion of the Damned - Slaves of the Shadow Realm (2019) Four out of five stars. Primarily mid- and up-tempo thrash riffing, with the neck-snapping riff and tempo changes you expect from good thrash, played against the occasional tremolo-picked death metal passage. The drumming follows suit, again being primarily drawn from thrash, with double-bass runs... Continue Reading →

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