Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18th, 2018 - The Dark Elements Of The Nights Out

Hyvää päivää and happy Friday!  Your pal the Meista here today pairing the debut, self-title album by Finnish The Dark Element featuring and a Nights Out Belgian Style Stout from the Roha Brewing Project!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Dark Element
  • Title: "The Dark Element"
  • Recorded: 2017 at Alyson Avenue Studio in Sweden, YBC in Finland, Tico Tico Studio Finland, and Biotech Audio Solutions in Finland
  • Release date: November 10th, 2017 (1st album by The Dark Element)
  • Record company: Frontiers Records
  • Production: Jani Liimatainen and Serafino Perugino
  • Album cover art: Nick Greenwood
  • Personnel: Jani “Hurtsi” Hurula (drums), Jonas Kuhlberg (bass), Jani Liimatainen (guitar and keyboards), Anette Olzon (lead and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Petri Aho (backing vocals), Jarkko Lahti (piano), Niilo Sevanen (growls), and Anssi Stenberg (backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, power pop with elements of electronic/techno
  • Sound: Combining the epic and soaring symphonic metal style of Nightwish with the power metal panache of Sonata Arctica, The Dark Element is fast-paced, melodic, and very catchy poppy metal!  Olzon's vocals are as amazing and beautiful as ever!  Liimatainen's guitars soar and the band is tight!  They remind me a bit of Delain.  Of the album, Liimatainen stated: "I have always been a big fan of Anette's voice and when the opportunity to work with her arose, writing and producing an album, it was something I just couldn't say no! It has been a blast working on the songs and I can't wait for everyone to hear the final result. This will be epic! The songs are extremely melodic and to the point. My goal has been to write catchy songs with hooks that will haunt your dreams, and I think it's pretty much 'mission accomplished'. Stay tuned for something special."
  • Major themes: Love, desire, loss, pain, solitude, revenge, ire, relationships, death, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The Dark Element"
  2. "My Sweet Mystery"
  3. "Last Good Day"
  4. "Here's To You"
  5. "Someone You Used To Know"
  6. "Dead To Me"
  7. "Halo"
  8. "I Cannot Raise The Dead"
  9. "The Ghost And The Reaper"
  10. "Heaven Of Your Heart"
  11. "Only One Knows Me"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roha Brewing Project (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Nights Out Belgian Style Stout
  • Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale / American Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.7% 
  • Pour: The Nights Out pours a dark mahogany with a thin, yet creamy dark mocha head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is robust, rich, roasty, malty, fruity, and spicy.  There are aromas of dark chocolate, soft banana, light cloves, maybe a hint of cinnamon, plum, black cherry, toffee, and a hint of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Nights Out follows the nose with lots of chocolaty, roasty, fruity, spicy, sweet flavors.  There are big notes of dark chocolate, chocolate truffles, soft banana, plum, cloves, nutmeg, molasses, dark roasted malt, and a hint of boozy rum.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Nights Out is thick, velvety, chewy, and smooth with a slightly boozy and very dry finish.

Overall pairing: The Roha Nights Out Belgian Style Stout is delicious, bold, rich and complex, yet very drinkable brew... perfect for the power metal/symphonic metal complexity and power of The Dark Element!  Those bold and rich chocolate notes go great with overall feel of the album, while the fruit ester and spices pair wonderful well with Olzon's amazing vocal arrangements!

Kippis!!  Hails!!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12th, 2018 - A Mosaic Apocalypse... Again

Good afternoon rockers and hopheads!  The Meista here with a pairing of an album suggested by one of our readers: "Apocalypse Again" by Finnish power metal band Thunderstone!  I'm pairing this rockin' album with a Mosaic Pale Ale from Kiitos Brewing Company!  Cheers and thanks for the great suggestion Shannon!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Thunderstone
  • Title: "Apocalypse Again"
  • Recorded: 2016 at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland
  • Release date: April 1st, 2016 (6th studio album by Thunderstone)
  • Record company: AFM Records
  • Production: Nino Laurenne
  • Album cover art: Thomas Ewerhard 
  • Personnel: Titus Hjelm (bass and backing vocals), Jukka Karinen (keyboards), Nino Laurenne (guitar and backing vocals), Atte Palokangas (drums), and Pasi Rantanen (lead vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Netta Dahlberg (backing vocals), Jonathan Hutchings (narrator), and Timo Oiva (backing vocals), 
  • Musical style: Power metal, melodic metal, progressive metal
  • Sound: Reminiscient of such acts as Edguy, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall, Helloween, and Tobias Sammet's Avantasia, with "Apocalypse Again" lays down 9 heavy duty wonderful tracks in the European power metal tradition!  The guitars soar, the drums and bass thunder through the speakers, the keys are magical, and Rantanen's vocals fit perfectly with the style!
  • Major themes: Power, might, aggression, perseverance, destruction, hope, freedom, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Veterans Of the Apocalypse"
  2. "The Path"
  3. "Fire And Ice"
  4. "Through The Pain"
  5. "Walk Away Free"
  6. "Higher"
  7. "Wounds"
  8. "Days Of Our Lives"
  9. "Barren Land"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Kiitos Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Mosaic Pale Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce pint off the tap
  • ABV: 4.0% 
  • IBUs: 48
  • Pour: The Mosaic Pale Ale pours a very cloudy, bright orange-amber with a creamy, 2+finger white head with great retention and lots of soapy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, dank, fruity, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of pine resin, grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange zest, flowery soap, crackery malt, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Mosaic Pale Ale is fruity, citrusy, earthy, dank and malty.  There are notes of grapefruit juice and rind, tangerine, mango, light melon, pine, light onion, floral hops, and light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Mosaic Pale Ale is crisp, sharp, and piney with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The hop-forward, very refreshing, and crushability of the Kiitos Mosaic Pale Ale is perfect for the straight-forward, power metal might of Thunderstone's very entertaining and engaging "Apocalypse Again"!

Kippis!!  HAILS!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1st, 2018 - Moonbathing With A Dark Swan

Good evening!  Your drinkin' pal the Meista here tonight pairing a Dark Swan Sour Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company and "Moonbathers" by Delain in anticipation of tomorrow night's concert (Kamelot, Delain, and Battle Beast)!!  This pairing goes out to my buddy Ian... a huge Delain fan!  Cheers my friend!!  See ya at the show!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Delain
  • Title: "Moonbathers"
  • Recorded: 2016 at Mantis Audio, Wateringen, and Trypoul Studios in Neerkant, Netherlands
  • Release date: August 26th, 2016 (5th studio album by Delain)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Martijn Westerholt
  • Album cover art: Glenn Arthur
  • Personnel: Merel Bechtold (rhythm guitar), Ruben Israel (drums), Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (bass), Timo Somers (lead guitar and backing vocals), Charlotte Wessels (lead and backing vocals), and Martijn Westerholt (keyboards, orchestration, and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Guus Eikens (additional guitars), Mikko P. Mustonen (orchestration), Oliver Philipps (additional guitars and keyboards), and Alissa White-Gluz (guest vocals on "Hands of Gold")
  • Musical style: Symphonic metal, melodic metal, gothic metal, pop metal
  • Sound: Combining epic symphonic metal, melodic, emotive, and powerful vocals, and pop sensibility, Delain's "Moonbathers" is a wonderfully mesmerizing musical journey highlighting Wessels' soaring and beautiful vocals along with the maturing musical prowess of Westerholt, Bechtold, Schimmelpenninck van der Oije and Somers!
  • Major themes: With inspiration from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Oscar Wilde's The Ballad of Reading Gaol, themes on the album include death, beauty, sorrow, isolation, rebellion, love, loss, pain, hope, etc. 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Hands Of Gold"
  2. "The Glory And The Scum"
  3. "Suckerpunch"
  4. "The Hurricane"
  5. "Chrysalis - The Last Breath"
  6. "Fire With Fire"
  7. "Pendulum"
  8. "Danse Macabre"
  9. "Scandal" (Queen cover)
  10. "Turn The Lights Out"
  11. "The Monarch"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Dark Swan Sour Ale
  • Style: American Wild Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.7% 
  • IBUs: 22.6
  • Ingredients: Sour ale brewed with experimental hops and fermented with dark red Petite Sirah wine grapes
  • Pour: The Dark Swan pours a deep, dark, and opaque purple with a thin, frothy, light lavender head with minimal retention and light, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is tart, fruity, earthy, and hoppy.  There are aromas of red grapes, red wine, blueberries, oak, lemon, vinegar, and grassy hops.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Dark Swan is fruity, sour, woody, and hoppy.  There are notes of ripe grapes, wine, black cherries, vinegar, light lemon juice, vegetal hops, and oak.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Dark Swan is bubbly, frothy, crisp, and tart, and with a dry, sour, and slightly sweet finish.
Overall pairing: The Dark Swan Sour Ale from Lagunitas is delightfully surprising complex, tart, and fruity brew without being too sweet... perfect for the melodic power and dark beauty of Delain's "Moonbathers" album!  I cannot wait to see these songs performed live!!

Cheers and hails!!

Friday, April 20, 2018

April 20th, 2018 - Northern Lights - Southern Cross - Northeast IPA

Good evening and happy Friday!  The Meista here tonight grooving to "Northern Lights - Southern Cross" by The Band whilst enjoying a Northeast India Pale Ale from Kiitos Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Band
  • Title: "Northern Lights - Southern Cross"
  • Recorded: Spring and summer 1975 at Shangri-La Studio in Zuma Beach, California
  • Release date: November 1st, 1975 (6th studio album by The Band)
  • Record company: Capitol Records
  • Production: The Band
  • Album cover art: Bob Cato (art design and direction)
  • Personnel: Rick Danko (bass guitar, double bass, guitar, violin, banjo, trombone, piano, and vocals), Levon Helm (drums, percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica, and vocals), Garth Hudson (organ, keyboards, accordion, saxophones, synthesizers, trumpet, oboe, clarinet, flute, and bass guitar), Richard Manuel (acoustic and electric piano, keyboards, organ, drums, lap steel guitar, percussion, and vocals), and Robbie Robertson (guitars, bass guitar, clavinet, melodica, and percussion)
  • Additional musicians: Byron Berline (violin on "Acadian Driftwood")
  • Musical style: Rock and roll, Folk rock, country rock, roots rock, R&B, blues rock
  • Sound: This album just grooves and grooves!  Sadly, this was the swan song of all these guys playing together as The Band, but what a swan song it is!  They are all on top of their game and what a way to finish an amazing go!
  • Major themes: Life, relationships, love, introspection, hope, joy, music, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Forbidden Fruit"
  2. "Hobo Jungle"
  3. "Ophelia"
  4. "Acadian Driftwood"
  5. "Ring Your Bell"
  6. "It Makes No Difference"
  7. "Jupiter Hollow"
  8. "Rags And Bones"
  9. "Twilight" (alternate early version)
  10. "Christmas Must Be Tonight" (alternate version)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Kiitos Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Northeast India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.3% 
  • IBUs: 40
  • Pour: The Northeast IPA pours a hazy golden peach hue with half-finger, fizzy white head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very fruity (citrus and tropical fruit) with lighter earthy and malty notes.  There are aromas of orange juice, mango, pineapple, peach, light melon, light malt, a hint of pine, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Northeast IPA follows the nose ... lots of orange juice, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, melon, pineapple, light malt, and light caramel with very low bitterness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the Northeast IPA's mouthfeel is juicy, crisp, and refreshing with clean, sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The Kiitos Northeast India Pale Ale is a crisp, fruity, and very refreshing brew... great for the bright, yet complex grooves and harmonies of the legendary The Band!


Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14th, 2018 - A Pocket Full Of Experimental J-Hole Contraband

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing the Velvet Revolver's debut album, "Contraband" and an Experimental J-Hole Red India Pale Ale from Melvin Brewing Company in collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Velvet Revolver
  • Title: "Contraband"
  • Recorded: August through December 2003 at NRG and Pulse Recording
  • Release date: June 8th, 2004 (debut album by Velvet Revolver)
  • Record company: RCA Records
  • Production: Josh Abraham, Velvet Revolver, and Nick Raskulinecz
  • Album cover art: Robin C. Hendrickson (art direction), Brett Kilroe (art direction), and Dan Winters (photography)
  • Personnel: Dave Kushner (rhythm guitar), Duff McKagan (bass and backing vocals), Slash (lead guitar and backing vocals), Matt Sorum (drums and backing vocals), and Scott Weiland (lead vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, alternative rock, post punk
  • Sound: With a little more of a Stone Temple Pilots vibe than a Guns 'N' Roses vibe, "Contraband" is still a straight-forward rockin' monster from start to finish!  The rhythm section of this band really shines, yet Slash's guitar work is fiery as hell, and whatever you may think of the late Scott Weiland, there is no denying he was a charismatic and mesmerizing front man... especially with Velvet Revolver!
  • Major themes: Rebellion, aggression, anger, life, relationships, sex, drugs, rock and roll, self-preservation, resilience, marketing, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Sucker Train Blues"
  2. "Do It For The Kids"
  3. "Big Machine"
  4. "Illegal I Song"
  5. "Spectacle"
  6. "Fall To Pieces"
  7. "Headspace"
  8. "Superhuman"
  9. "Set Me Free"
  10. "You Got No Right"
  11. "Slither"
  12. "Dirty Little Thing"
  13. "Loving The Alien"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Melvin Brewing Company (Alpine, Wyoming) in collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Experimental J-Hole Red India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.0% 
  • Pour: The Experimental J-Hole pours a hazy bronze-red with a light tan, frothy 1-finger head with good retention and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, malty, grainy, earthy, citrusy, and slightly sweet.  There are aromas of pine resin, wet leaves, grapefruit rind, orange peel, lemon zest, sweet biscuit, herbal tea, fresh baked bread, caramel, and a hint of molasses or honey.
  • Taste: Similar to the nose, the taste of the Experimental J-Hole is characterized by lots of citrus, malt, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit, orange peel, rye bread, burnt toffee, black tea, and bitter herbs.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Experimental J-Hole is creamy and smooth, but with a bit of a bitter punch and a dry, earthy finish.

Overall pairing: The Experimental J-Hole from Melvin Brewing Company in collaboration with Rhinegeist Brewery is an interesting and complex, yet punchy little number... a great beer for a Saturday night of rocking out to Velvet Revolver me thinks!


Friday, April 13, 2018

April 13th, 2018 - Speaking Ill Of The Devil Will Get You Into Double Trub'l!

Good afternoon and happy Friday the 13th!  The Meista here getting heavy and a little evil with Ozzy Osbourne's wonderful double live album "Speak Of The Devil" and a Double Trub'l Double IPA from Shades Of Pale Brewing Company!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
  • Title: "Speak Of The Devil"
  • Recorded: September 26th and 27th 1982 at The Ritz in New York City, New York by Record Plant Mobile
  • Release date: November 27th, 1982 (1st live solo album by Ozzy Osbourne)
  • Record company: Jet Records / Epic Records
  • Production: Max Norman
  • Album cover art: David Coleman (art design and direction), Steve Joule (art design and direction), and Neal Preston (photography)
  • Personnel: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) with Tommy Aldridge (drums), Brad Gillis (guitars), and Rudy Sarzo (bass) 
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, doom metal
  • Sound: Heavy, energetic, and , Ozzy's "Speak Of The Devil" proves that he and his band have the chops (and the balls) to take on an entire concert of  Black Sabbath tracks!  Ozzy is at the top of his game here sounding like he did a decade earlier!  Gillis takes on Iommi's guitar licks and solos with reverence and aplomb!  This man tears it up and can hold his own!  And the rhythm section of Aldridge and Sarzo is (in a word) brutal! 
  • Major themes: Evil, darkness, the occult, fantasy, mythology, folklore, drugs (cocaine and marijuana), death, etc.
  • Notes: Out to prove to his former bandmates in Black Sabbath that he still had the chops, Ozzy performed 2 nights of Sabbath only tracks at The Ritz.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Symptom Of The Universe"
  2. "Snowblind"
  3. "Black Sabbath"
  4. "Fairies Wear Boots"
  5. "War Pigs"
  6. "The Wizard"
  7. "N.I.B."
  8. "Sweet Leaf"
  9. "Never Say Die"
  10. "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath"
  11. "Iron Man / Children Of The Grave"
  12. "Paranoid"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Shades Of Pale Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Double Trub'l Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0% 
  • Pour: The Double Trub'l Double IPA pours a cloudy golden peach color with a 1-finger, firm and creamy white head with good sustain that leaves sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, hoppy, and grainy.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, navel orange peel, orange juice, tangerine, grassy hops, pale malt, and a hint of soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Double Trub'l Double IPA is citrusy, resiny, earthy, and herbal.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, orange peel, pine, bitter herbal tea, sharp minerals, white pepper, and a hint of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, very bitter, and dry, with a very dry and peppery finish.

Overall pairing: The Double Trub'l Double IPA from Shades Of Pale is a hop-forward, aggressively citrusy brew... perfect for the heavy metal onslaught that is Ozzy Osbourne's "Speak Of The Devil"!  Those punchy, bright, and citrusy notes go great with Gillis tearing it up, while the bitter, herbal flavors are great for Ozzy's unique voice and the boozy, malty backbone is all about Aldridge and Sarzo!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

April 12th, 2018 - Sweet Dreams For The Shadow Theory

Hello there!  The Meista here today rocking out to "The Shadow Theory", the amazing brand new album from Kamelot and a Sweet Dreams Imperial Porter from Shades Of Pale Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!!  And although he doesn't drink, this pairing goes out to friend and fan of the page Rod Johnson!  Cheers buddy!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Kamelot
  • Title: "The Shadow Theory" (Digipak Edition)
  • Recorded: 2017 in Wolfsburg, Germany
  • Release date: April 6th, 2018 (12th studio album by Kamelot)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Sascha Paeth and Kamelot
  • Album cover art: Stefan Heilemann
  • Personnel: Tommy Karevik (vocals), Johan Nunez (drums), Oliver Palotai (keyboards), Sean Tibbetts (bass), Thomas Youngblood (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: Jennifer Haben (vocals), Lauren Hart (vocals), Sascha Paeth (additional guitars and keys, and growls on "The Proud and the Broken")
  • Choir: Annie Berens, Oliver Hartmann, Herbie Langhans, Evelyn Mank, Nadine Ruch, Cloudy Yang, and Thomas Dalton Youngblood
  • Musical style: Melodic power metal, progressive metal, symphonic metal, gothic metal
  • Sound: Emotive, bombastic, complex, and totally engaging, Kamelot's latest album continues the evolution of the band's sound with singer Karevik.  Youngblood's fiery guitar work tears and shreds, Palotai's keys soar, Tibbetts and Nunez hammer out a rhythm of tribal power, and Kaverik's amazing vocal acrobatics just get better and better with each album!  The guest vocals of the amazing Lauren Hart and Jennifer Haben add another level of depth and power!
  • Major themes: A concept album of sorts with songs about an oppressive government in a dystopian future, themes on "The Shadow Theory" include: rebellion, control, power, freedom, memory, darkness, sorrow, hope, etc.
  • Tracks:   
Disc 1:
  1. "The Mission"
  2. "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)"
  3. "RavenLight"
  4. "Amnesiac"
  5. "Burns To Embrace"
  6. "In Twilight Hours"
  7. "Kevlar Skin"
  8. "Static"
  9. "MindFall Remedy"
  10. "Stories Unheard"
  11. "Vespertine (My Crimson Bride)"
  12. "The Proud And The Broken"
  13. "Ministrium (Shadow Key)"
Disc 2:
  1. "Phantom Divine (Shadow Empire)" (instrumental version)
  2. "RavenLight" (instrumental version)
  3. "Amnesiac" (instrumental version)
  4. "Burns To Embrace" (instrumental version)
  5. "Kevlar Skin" (instrumental version)
  6. "The Proud And The Broken" (instrumental version)
  7. "The Last Day Of Sunlight" (bonus track)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Shades Of Pale Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Sweet Dreams Imperial Porter
  • Style: Imperial Porter
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.5% 
  • Pour: The Sweet Dreams pours a deep, dark brown (almost ink black) with a creamy, half-finger mocha head that dissipates to the thin ring.
  • Nose: The nose is rich, earthy, sweet, malty, and smoky.  There are aromas of dark roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, light fresh cream, dark chocolate, coffee, and liquid smoke. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Sweet Dreams is .  There are notes of dark roasted malts, rich and bitter coffee, anise, liquid smoke, and burnt toffee, which really do a good job of hiding the boozy ABV.  As the beer warms it becomes sweeter.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Sweet Dreams is sticky, thick, and with a dry, slightly bitter, sweet, and smoky finish.

Overall pairing: The Sweet Dreams Imperial Porter from Shades Of Pale is dark, complex, rich, and delicious brew... perfect for the power, intensity, intricacies, and overall depth of Kamelot's amazing "The Shadow Theory"!  Those big, smoky and earthy notes go great with the dark themes and feel of the album, while the sweeter notes go great with the wonderful vocals!

I picked up "The Shadow Theory" from my buddy Kevin at the Heavy Metal Shop ( this past weekend... and you should too!!

Cheers and hails!!