Top Ten Metal Albums of 2020

2020 was a shit year from a lot of perspectives. In fact, 2020 was a shit year from MOST perspectives… but it was a great year for metal. With touring off the table, and even local shows an impossibility for most of the year, many musicians focused their excess energy on producing new music, and... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 11

Old Man Metal looks at the Top Ten Metal Albums of the Year for 2020 in a New Year's Day Twitter countdown on the eleventh episode of his solo podcast. Great new crossover, thrash, death metal, black/speed, black/thrash, black/death, and death/thrash from Vader, Midnight, Power Trip and more! After listening to literally hundreds of great new metal albums in 2020, these are the best of the best.

The Ghost

The Ghost is marketed as a "Spanish Inspired Hot Sauce", presumably because of the unusual butter-and-powdered-chiles base. This is similar to Spain's bravas sauce, which is traditionally made like a cream sauce by dispersing broth in a simmering olive oil base containing a blend of mild and hot paprika and flour.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 10

Old Man Metal combines spicy food, metal and beer on the tenth episode of his solo podcast with full ASTMO hot sauce reviews of Big Red's Three Kings, Lucky Dog's Hellhound and Volcanic Peppers' Lava sauces, including an in-depth look at some of the capsaicin-bomb chile peppers they use— the habanero, the ghost pepper, the Trinidad Scorpion and the infamous Carolina Reaper— plus a new metal video for Bite of a Parasite, from Indiana black/thrash/speedsters GraveRipper, built using heavily-GIMPed public domain images, crossfades and pan and zoom animation... all while drinking Torch Pilsner, a great craft beer lager from Foothills Brewing in Winston-Salem.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 9

Old Man Metal combines beer and metal on the ninth episode of his solo podcast, taking a look at the state of North Carolina craft beer during COVID by breaking down his latest beer haul, featuring beer from New Anthem Beer Project, Edmund’s Oast, Foothills Brewing Company, Trophy Brewing Company and more, including an in-depth look at the fifteen different flavor-bomb hops they use— like Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and El Dorado— and an impassioned discussion of hop fade and the importance of fresh beer and code dating, closing out with a pair of new metal video clips from Red Dead and AJ Nemesis... all while drinking a pint of Blair’s Breakfast Stout, a great coffee-oats-and-lactose stout ale from Wilmington Brewing Company.

Old Man Metal Rates: 23 March 2020

Cruel Fate - A Quaternary of Decrepit Night Mares (2019) 4/5 stars Great straightforward debut from Canada's Cruel Fate. Nothing fancy; eight tracks of mostly short-to-midlength riff-heavy verse/chorus meat-and-potatoes death metal: crushing chugs, meaty power chords, and some tremolo picked riffing over tight, mostly traditional drumwork. Taken as a whole, the album has great flow.... Continue Reading →

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 8

Old Man Metal tackles spicy food and great beer on the eighth episode of his solo podcast with a dive into the 2019 release of Ten FIDY barrel aged Russian imperial stout from Oskar Blues, including a discussion of the imperial stout style and bourbon barrel aging, with a look at barrel notes like oak lactones, followed by a full ASTMO hot sauce review of Advanced Tactical Weaponized Star Fruit Death Star OG from Spicy Ninja, replete with a discussion of the unholy triumvirate of capsaicin-bomb peppers it contains: the habanero, the ghost pepper and the Trinidad Scorpion.

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