Old Man Metal Rates: 18 April 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 →

Volcano Dust Spicy Chili Powder

Volcanic Peppers LLC – Omaha, NE Volcano Dust Spicy Chili Powder is a four-chile chili powder blend, and is one of many chile-based powders manufactured by Volcanic Peppers LLC. The chiles comprise the largest portion of the blend (as is typical for chili powders); the label does not say what varietals are used, but the... Continue Reading →

Boomslang Ghost Pepper Sauce

Ashley Food Company – Sudbury, MA Boomslang is a three-pepper, extract-enhanced sauce from Ashley Food Company, of Mad Dog fame. Looking at the ingredient list, ghost peppers are used in the highest proportion, with bird's eye peppers and jalapeno peppers falling between garlic and onion, showing that there is more garlic in the recipe than... Continue Reading →

Xocoveza – Stone Brewing – Escondido, CA

Imperial Milk Stout, 4.9% ABV appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5 A slightly viscous pour of this seasonal spiced Milk Stout yields a medium, slightly rocky brown head on an enthusiastically effervescent black body with sullen orange highlights; head retention is brief but lacing is excellent, consisting... Continue Reading →

Top Ten Metal Albums of 2018

Top Ten Metal CDs of 2018 2018 was another great year for metal. While a lot of my favorite bands did not release LPs this year— notably missing are Desaster, Overkill, Toxic Holocaust, Midnight, Vader, Nile, Ares Kingdom, Deströyer 666 and Cannibal Corpse— a lot of death metal and black/hybrid bands filled in the gaps... Continue Reading →

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