Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 6

Top Ten Metal Albums of 2019 in the New Studio New year, new studio! Old Man Metal charts the Top Ten Metal Albums of the Year for 2019 in a New Year's Day Twitter countdown on the sixth episode of his solo podcast. Great new crossover, thrash, death metal, black/speed, black/thrash and death/thrash from Enforced,... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 5

New Metal From Enforced, Possessor and Wraith Old Man Metal combines metal and beer on the fifth episode of his solo podcast, taking a look at new metal albums from Enforced (crossover/thrash from Virginia), Possessor (stoner/sludge from London) and Wraith (black/speed/hardcore from Indiana), including some in-depth song analysis and video clips built using Winamp, the... Continue Reading →

A Look At Two Warrior Beers

A Viking and a Ninja walk into a bar... There's no telling where that one's going to go, but you just know somebody's going to die. Craft breweries choose all sorts of motifs when naming their creations, and martial-themed beers are far from rare; see Ballast Point's Victory at Sea, Great Lakes Brewing Company's Commodore... Continue Reading →

El Yucateco Salsa Picante Verde

El Yucateco Salsas Y Condimentos S.A. De C.V - Yucatán, Mexico El Yucateco Salsas Y Condimentos started as a small family-owned business in Yucatan, Mexico in 1968 ("Yucateco" refers to the Mayan people of the Yucatan peninsula). From the start, El Yucateco's focus was sauces made from habaneros. Salsa Picante Verde is one of their... 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 →

Two Great IPAs From New Anthem

In 2003, Pop The Cap began lobbying efforts to raise the ABV limit on beer in North Carolina from a stodgy 6%, promising the state legislature that if the ABV limit was raised to a reasonable level, North Carolina would become a craft beer mecca. The state legislature passed a bill raising the ABV cap... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 3

Knife Steel, Böhler M390 and the Benchmade Nakamura 484 Old Man Metal focuses on folding blades with a knife review of the Benchmade Nakamura 484S and the Böhler M390 stainless steel used for the blade on the third episode of his solo podcast, taking a deep dive into stainless steels, particularly modern powder metallugy "super... 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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