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 6

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.

Old Man Metal’s Musings, Episode 5

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 MilkDrop visualizer and OBS Studio... all while drinking a pint of Tropical Lightning IPA from Wilmington Brewing Company. Featuring the last footage ever shot in the original closet studio.

Røde VideoMic Pro Microphone Test

Join Old Man Metal for a test of the Røde VideoMic Pro Compact Directional On-camera Microphone, as he compares it to the on-board microphone on the Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000 camera, and then tests it at different settings, varying both the gain on the Røde VideoMic Pro and the auxilliary microphone gain on the camera, and... 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’s Musings, Episode 4

Old Man Metal takes the Paqui one chip challenge on the fourth episode of his solo podcast, unleashing a capsaicin apocalypse that has tamed the most ardent lovers of spicy food. Will he survive, or will the Carolina Reaper death chip put an end to his storied lifetime of chile pepper abuse? Tune in and find out! Featuring show beer Sun Grown Lager from Sycamore Brewing.

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 →

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