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 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.
Join Old Man Metal in Part II of "Ask Me Anything" as he fields a seeming endless barrage of questions from Dreamin Demon members bored to tears by COVID isolation. Recorded live in site chat and edited to remove interminable typing sequences for your enhanced viewing pleasure, Part II has it all: Seinfeld and literature,... Continue Reading →
Join Old Man Metal in Part I of "Ask Me Anything" as he fields a seeming endless barrage of questions from Dreamin Demon members bored to tears by COVID isolation. Recorded live in site chat and edited to remove interminable typing sequences for your enhanced viewing pleasure, Part I has it all: heavy metal, horror... Continue Reading →
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 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.
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 commixes spicy food, metal and beer on the seventh episode of his solo podcast with a full ASTMO hot sauce review of Burns and McCoy's Exhorresco hot sauce, including a look at the 7-pot primo chile pepper— the infernal capsaicin-gorged hybrid offspring of a 7 Pot pepper and the infamous Naga Morich— followed by a new metal video for the track Nephilim, from black metal collaborators My Grief and Ol'Cracker, built using Winamp, the MilkDrop visualizer and OBS Studio... all while drinking Hellstar Dark Lager, a great craft beer lager from Burial Beer Company in Asheville.
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 →
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, Wraith, Usurper, Legion of the Damned and more... including his riches-to-rags search for a new studio courtesy of recently-added green screen and chromakey capability.