Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 19th, 2017 - Crucial Moments In Time For The Troubadour Magma

Good evening headbangers and craft beer fanatics!  The Meista here tonight with a pairing of Sepultura's heavy as hell "Kairos" and an equally as heavy Troubadour Magma Belgian Triple IPA from Brouwerij De Musketiers!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Sepultura
  • Title: "Kairos"
  • Recorded: December 2010 through March 2011 at Trama Studios in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Release date: June 24th, 2011 (12th studio album by Sepultura)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Roy Z
  • Album cover art: Erich Sayers
  • Personnel: Jean Dolabella (drums and percussion), Derrick Green (vocals), Andreas Kisser (guitars), and Paulo Jr. (bass guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Les Tambours du Bronx (percussion on "Structure Violence (Azzes)") 
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, death, metal, groove metal with elements of tribal world music and industrial metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, intense, and in-your-face
  • Major themes: The ancient Greek word "kairos" can be defined as the proper or opportune time for action or crucial moments in time that impact unfolding events.  Of the album, Kisser stated: "The whole theme of the album is the concept of the time, and the title reflects that — it's like one concept of time which is not chronological, from one to two; it's like an instant in time, it's a special time of change... Everyone's life is written by [their] choices — you have many 'kairos' moments, like if you go [from] point A [to point] B [to point] C, you are driven by your choices or your guidance; you have to go either one way or the other. And that's the kind of time we talked about — not about aging or getting old or going back [in time]; it's just [about those important] moments that can change everything.  It's a collection of 'kairos' that [got us] here. It's being inspired by our own biography, but mostly [focusing] on what Sepultura is today."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Spectrum"
  2. "Kairos"
  3. "Relentless"
  4. "2011"
  5. "Just One Fix" (Ministry cover)
  6. "Dialog"
  7. "Mask"
  8. "1433"
  9. "Seethe"
  10. "Born Strong"
  11. "Embrace The Storm"
  12. "5772"
  13. "No One Will Stand"
  14. "Structure Violence (Azzes)"
  15. "4648"
  16. "Traccia 14"
  17. "Traccia 15"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Brouwerij De Musketiers (Ursel, Belgium)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Troubadour Magma Belgian Triple IPA
  • Style: Belgian Triple India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 11.2 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • Pour: The pours a cloudy caramel-gold amber with a giant 3-finger, firm and billowy, off-white head with great retention and lots of layered, intricate lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, malty, fruity, herbal, and floral.  There are aromas of honey, herbal tea, toffee, caramel, sweet bread, biscuit, lemon zest, and wild flowers.
  • Taste: The taste of the Troubadour Magma is malty, bready, sweet, bitter, hoppy, and spicy.  There are notes of Belgian yeast, soft banana, dark fruit, Tootsie Rolls, dark fruits (raisin, fig, dates), lemon zest, caramel, toffee, black pepper, and grassy hops.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is bold, somewhat thick, malty, and dry with a slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The power, depth, and intensity of Sepultura's "Kairos" requires a brew of big flavor, bold complexity, and big ABV... exactly what you find in a bottle of Brouwerij De Musketiers' Troubadour Magma Belgian Triple IPA!
Cheers!!  Hails!!

November 19th, 2017 - Primus & The Hazelutely Choctabulous Wonka Factory Extravaganza

Hello and happy Sunday!  The Meista here today getting a little crazy with a pairing of "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" by Primus and a Hazelutely Choctabulous from Rogue Ales!  As with the album, this pairing is dedicated to the late Gene Wilder!  R.I.P.

Album Info:
  • Artist: Primus
  • Title: "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble"
  • Recorded: 2014
  • Release date: October 21st, 2014 (8th studio album by Primus)
  • Record company: ATO Records / Prawn Song Records
  • Production: Les Claypool
  • Album cover art: Reuben Rude
  • Personnel: Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums), Les Claypool (lead vocals, bass guitar, upright bass, cello, marimba, percussion, and backing vocals), and Larry LaLonde (guitar and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Sam Bass (cello) and Mike Dillon (vibraphone, marimba, and tablas) 
  • Musical style: experimental rock, psychedelic rock, avant-garde, lo-fi, art rock, post punk
  • Sound: Much darker than the original film's soundtrack, the sound on "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" is at times sinister, ominous, yet still joyous, always compelling, and bizarre!  As with all Primus albums, it is richly textured, whimsical, yet also dark and mysterious.
  • Major themes: A concept album, "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble" is a re-imagining of the soundtrack of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.  As with the original, themes include greed, gluttony, dreams, purity, honesty, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Hello Wonkites"
  2. "Candy Man"
  3. "Cheer Up Charlie"
  4. "Golden Ticket"
  5. "Lermaninoff"
  6. "Pure Imagination"
  7. "Oompa Augustus"
  8. "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride"
  9. "Oompa Violet"
  10. "I Want It Now"
  11. "Oompa Veruca"
  12. "Wonkmobile"
  13. "Oompa TV"
  14. "Farewell Wonkites"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Rogue Ales (Newport, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hazelutely Choctabulous
  • Style: Milk Stout / Sweet Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.7%
  • IBUs: 51
  • Ingredients: Rogue Chocolate Stout blended with Hazelnut Brown Nectar
  • Pour: The Hazelutely Choctabulous pours a deep, opaque, ink black with a massive, creamy, and frothy mocha head with great sustain and lots of sticky, layered spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is sweet, nutty, chocolaty, and rich.  There are aromas of roasted hazelnuts, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, fresh cream, marshmallow, Nutella, sweet toffee, and roasted malts.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hazelutely Choctabulous is very chocolaty, roasty, toasty, nutty, and sweet.  There are notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted hazelnuts, walnut, burnt toffee, soft caramel, coffee, and a hint of cream.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Hazelutely Choctabulous is creamy smooth, velvety, and dry with semi-sweet, dry finish.
Overall pairing: I can think of nothing more fitting that the bold, sweet, nutty, and chocolaty flavors and aromas of the Rogue Hazelutely Choctabulous to accompany the wacky, witty, exuberant fun of Primus' "Primus & The Chocolate Factory With The Fungi Ensemble"!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 18th, 2017 - Heyzeus... It's Fandango!

Hey there rockers and brew lovers!  The Meista here today pairing "Fandango!" by ZZ Top and a Heyzeus Mexican Style Lager from Melvin Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: ZZ Top
  • Title: "Fandango!"
  • Recorded: Tracks 1 through 3 recorded live April 12th, 1974 and the rest of the album recorded in December 30th, 1974 through March 23rd, 1975
  • Release date: April 18th, 1975 (4th album by ZZ Top)
  • Record company: London Records
  • Production: Bill Ham
  • Album cover art: John DeKalb (photography) and Bill Narum (design)
  • Personnel: Frank Beard (drums and percussion), Billy Gibbons (guitar and vocals), and Dusty Hill (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals, lead vocals on "Jailhouse Rock", "Balinese", and "Tush", and co-lead vocals on "Backdoor Medley" and "Heard It On the X"
  • Musical style: Heavy blues rock, Texas blues, hard rock, southern rock, boogie rock
  • Sound: One of the albums that defined the ZZ Top signature sound, "Fandango!" is a raucous and rowdy heavy blues romp with wonderful hooks, chunky guitars, and sweet and spicy Texas grooves!  Think of it as Texas BBQ sauce as sonic rock and roll!
  • Major themes: The blues, love, loss, lust, rock and roll, betrayal, life, relationships, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Thunderbird" (live)
  2. "Jailhouse Rock" (live)
  3. "Backdoor Medley" (live)
  4. "Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings"
  5. "Blue Jean Blues"
  6. "Balinese"
  7. "Mexican Blackbird"
  8. "Heard It On The X"
  9. "Tush"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Melvin Brewing Company (Alpine, Wyoming)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Heyzeus Mexican Style Lager
  • Style: American Pale Lager
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • Ingredients: Mt. Hood hops, 2-Row malt, and corn
  • Pour: The Heyzeus pours a cloudy straw-gold with a huge, billowy, and firm 2+ finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very light and clean grains and floral/grassy hops.  There are aromas of cereal grain, corn meal, sourdough bread, summer grass, a hint of honey, and wild flowers.
  • Taste: The taste of the Heyzeus is grainy, hoppy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of grassy hops, cereal grain, cornbread, crackery biscuit, lime zest, and a touch of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing with a very clean, dry finish.
Overall pairing: Melvin's Heyzeus Mexican Style Lager is a light, very drinkable brew that goes great with the southern rock and roll stylings of the legendary ZZ Top!  Nothing better than sopping up those tasty, sudsy, and crisp of the Heyzeus than with some "Fandango!" rockin' goodness!

Friday, November 17, 2017

November 17th, 2017 - By The Hands Of The Seven Devils

Time to get a little evil my metal and craft beer friends!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here getting heavy with a pairing of Satan's Host's infernal "By The Hands Of The Devil" and a delicious Seven Devils IPA from Desert Edge Brewery!  Oh hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Satan's Host
  • Title: "By The Hands Of The Devil"
  • Recorded: August through September 2010 at Flatline Audio
  • Release date: May 3rd, 2011 (6th full-length studio album by Satan's Host)
  • Record company: Moribund Records
  • Production: Dave Otero and Old Goat 
  • Album cover art: Joe Petagno
  • Personnel: Harry "The Tyrant" Conklin, aka Leviathan Thisiren (vocals), Patrick Evil (guitars), Marcus "Margar" Garcia (bass), and Anthony "Evil Hobbit"  Lopez (drums)
  • Musical style: Power metal with elements of black metal, doom metal, and thrash metal
  • Sound: Incredibly heavy, the sound on "By The Hands Of The Devil" is everything a metal album should be!  It is aggressive, powerful, bombastic, evil, and fiery!  I cannot say enough about how bad-ass this band is... Conklin's vocals soar (as always) as well as growl and bite, Patrick Evil's guitar work is mind-blowing, Margar's bass is Ash's "boom stick" incarnate, and the Evil Hobbit's drumming is both machine gun fire intensity and a thunderous juggernaut!   And if you get a chance to see this band live, DO SO!!  You will not be sorry!   I highly recommend this wonderful and underrated band!!
  • Major themes: Evil, darkness, the occult, Satan, damnation, death, destruction, rebellion, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "By The Hands Of The Devil"
  2. "Shades Of The Unlight"
  3. "Demontia"
  4. "Before The Flame"
  5. "Bleeding Hearts Of The Damned"
  6. "Black Hilted Knife"
  7. "Revival"
  8. "Fallen Angel"
  9. "Inferior Worlds"
  10. "Norwegian Wood"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Seven Devils IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 64 ounce growler
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • IBUs: 55
  • Ingredients: Pale, Vienna, Crystal 45, and Crystal 120 malts, Chinook, Mosaic, and Idaho 7 hops
  • Pour: It pours a very cloud golden-amber with thin, yet sustained white, bubbly head that dissipates to a thin ring with soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Seven Devils is very citrusy, earthy, and biscuity.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, lime peel, tangerine, dank grass, pine resin, cedar, crackery grains, and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is big citrusy, earthy, grassy, and dank.  There are big notes of grapefruit juice and rind, tangerine, bitter herbs, minerals, bold pine, black tea, crackery biscuit, and a hint of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Seven Devils is very crisp, and slightly astringent with a clean, dry finish.
Overall pairing: The wonderfully flavorful and punchy Seven Devils IPA from Master Chad at Desert Edge is the perfect brew for the depth and heaviness that is Satan's Host's "By The Hands Of The Devil"!   Those bitter, biting hops are perfect for the aggression, anger, and pure evilness of each track, while those fruitier notes and aromas go great with the amazing vocal acrobatics of Conklin!
Cheers!!  Hails!!

November 17th, 2017 - Leo V. Ursus: A Conspiracy Of Stars

Good afternoon and happy Friday! The Meista here getting the weekend set off right with "A Conspiracy Of Stars" by UFO and a Leo v. Ursus: Adversus from Firestone Walker Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: UFO
  • Title: "A Conspiracy Of Stars"
  • Recorded: 2014 at the Ecology Room Studios
  • Release date: February 23rd, 2015 (21st studio album by UFO)
  • Record company: SPV/Steamhammer
  • Production: Chris Tsangarides
  • Album cover art: Tristan Greatrex 
  • Personnel: Rob De Luca (bass), Phil Mogg (vocals), Vinnie Moore (all guitars), Andy Parker (drums), and Paul Raymond (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal, heavy blues rock
  • Sound: With that classic UFO sound, "A Conspiracy Of Stars" is straight-forward, hard-rockin' goodness!  Mogg's vocals are spot-on and feel as rich and heartfelt as his work in the 70s.  Moore's guitar work is bold, powerful, and wonderfully executed.  Raymond soars on the keys  And Parker and De Luca pound out a heavy blast of grooves and rhythms throughout.
  • Major themes: Life, relationships, love, rebellion, desire, honesty, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The Killing King"
  2. "Run Boy Run"
  3. "Ballad Of The Left Hand Gun"
  4. "Sugar Cane"
  5. "Devil In The Details"
  6. "Precious Cargo"
  7. "The Real Deal"
  8. "One And Only"
  9. "Messiah Of Love"
  10. "Rollin' Rollin'"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Leo V. Ursus: Adversus
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Ingredients: Pacific Northwest hops and Pilsner malt
  • Pour: It pours a cloudy golden peach hue with a frothy, 2-finger, white head with sticky and intricately layered and sustained lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Leo V. Ursus: Adversus is chalk full of tropical and citrus fruit along with earthy and dank notes and biscuity malt.  There are hop-forward aromas of stone fruit (peach and apricot), mango, grapefruit rind, pineapple, pine resin, bitter herbs, white pepper, crackery biscuit, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is dank, citrusy, piney, earthy, spicy, and crackery.  There are notes of pine, black tea, herbs, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, sourdough bread, pepper, and very light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Leo V. Ursus: Adversus is crisp, bitter, very hoppy, and very dry with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Leo V. Ursus: Adversus from the fine folks at Firestone Walker is a bold and an intense double IPA... perfect for the hard-rockin' power and might of legendary rockers UFO!  'Nuff said!
Cheers!!  Rock on!!

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November 12th, 2017 - A Hissing And Spinning Chai Yeti

Hello and happy Sunday! The Meista here getting heavy and dark with Chelsea Wolfe's latest album, the brilliant "Hiss Spun" and a Chai Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Chelsea Wolfe
  • Title: "Hiss Spun"
  • Recorded: 2017 at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts)
  • Release date: September 22nd, 2017 (5th studio album by Chelsea Wolfe)
  • Record company: Sargent House
  • Production: Chelsea Wolfe and Ben Chisholm
  • Album cover art: John Crawford (art direction and design) and Bill Crisafi (photography)
  • Personnel: Chelsea Wolfe (vocals and guitar) with Ben Chisholm (guitar, bass, keyboards, and electronics), Kurt Ballou (guitar on "Twin Fawn"), Travis Brooks (sounds), Ezra Buchla (viola), Jess Gowrie (drums), Christopher Orr (guitar on "Two Spirit"), Bryan Tulao (guitar on "The Culling" and "Static Hum"), and Troy Van Leeuwen (guitar) 
  • Musical style: Doom metal, sludge metal, experimental metal with elements of black metal, alternative metal, and folk metal
  • Sound: Almost crushingly heavy, dark, and purposeful, the sound on "Hiss Spun" is powerful, bombastic, and pure Wolfe!  Her beautiful and almost seductive vocals act as a foil to the thunderous and murky darkness of the sludgy doom she and Chisholm have masterfully executed.
  • Major themes: "Hiss Spun" is a very personal and with themes about confronting various health issues, confronting one's past (especially a dark family history), self-discovery, "expunging of the soul", honesty, darkness, isolation, evil, etc.  Of the album, Wolfe stated: "I deal with extreme anxiety that gets exacerbated by bouts of insomnia [...] I’m constantly trying to find ways to calm down… That has manifested into addiction at times [and] I carried a lot of that into this record, especially on '16 Psyche' and 'Spun'."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Spun"
  2. "16 Psyche"
  3. "Vex" 
  4. "Strain"
  5. "The Culling"
  6. "Particle Flux"
  7. "Twin Fawn"
  8. "Offering"
  9. "Static Hum"
  10. "Welt"
  11. "Two Spirit"
  12. "Scrape"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Great Divide Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Chai Yeti Imperial Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • Pour: The Chai Yeti pours an opaque, ink black hue with a creamy, firm, dark mocha head with great retention and chunky, layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Chai Yeti is roasty, earthy, chocolaty, and spicy.  There are big aromas of chai spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, green cardamom, black pepper, and vanilla bean), dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, cream, marshmallow, and dark roasted coffee beans.
  • Taste: Like the nose, the taste is roasty, spicy, chocolaty, and earthy.  There are notes of dark and milk chocolate, coffee, fresh cream, vanilla, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, subtle licorice, and a very subtle hint of bourbon.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Chai Yeti is velvety smooth, thick and chunky, sticky, and very creamy with a dry finish that includes a little spicy heat.
Overall pairing: The bold, robust, earthy, spicy, and chocolaty flavors and aromas of Chai Yeti Imperial Stout from Great Divide Brewing Company is the perfect brew to compliment the incredibly powerful honesty, darkness, and heaviness of Chelsea Wolfe's amazing "Hiss Spun"!  The creamy and velvety mouthfeel works wonderfully well with Wolfe's beautiful vocals while the spicy and rich chocolate flavors are great for the overall doomy sludge!
Cheers!!  Hails!!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 9th, 2017 - The Last Commander's Revenge

Good evening rivet-heads and hop-heads! The Meista here tonight pairing W.A.S.P.'s "The Last Command" on its 32nd birthday and a Revenge Double India Pale Ale from Proper Brewing Company!!  HELL. YES.

Album Info:
  • Artist: W.A.S.P.
  • Title: "The Last Command"
  • Recorded: October 1984 through mid 1985 at Pasha Music House in Hollywood, California
  • Release date: November 9th, 1985 (2nd album by W.A.S.P.)
  • Record company: Capitol Records
  • Production: Spencer Proffer
  • Album cover art: Mark "WEISSGUY" Weiss
  • Personnel: Chris Holmes (lead and rhythm guitar), Blackie Lawless (lead vocals and bass), Randy Piper (lead and rhythm guitars, and backing vocals), and Steve Riley (drums and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Carlos Cavazo (additional vocals) and Chuck Wright (additional vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, shock rock, glam metal
  • Sound: "The Last Command" is one of W.A.S.P.'s best in my humble opinion. This is pure '80s L.A. metal with no apology and an unquenched hunger for fame!  Blackie and the boys' sophomore album is a no-holds-barred juggernaut of an album!  This album is pure adrenaline and testosterone.  Songs like "Ball Crusher," "Jack Action," "The Last Command," and "Sex Drive" blast you with power, aggression, and bold flavour. 
  • Major themes: Desire, lust, sex, excessive drinking, partying, rebellion, greed, violence, revenge, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Wild Child"
  2. "Ball Crusher"
  3. "Fistful Of Diamonds"
  4. "Jack Action"
  5. "Widowmaker"
  6. "Blind In Texas"
  7. "Cries In The Night"
  8. "The Last Command"
  9. "Running Wild In The Streets"
  10. "Sex Drive"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Proper Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Revenge Double India Pale Ale
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBUs: 68
  • Pour: The Revenge Double India Pale Ale pours a hazy, golden-amber with a frothy, white, half-finger head that dissipates to a sustained, creamy film with sudsy and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, earthy, herbal, and fruity.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, pineapple, light mango, light melon, pine resin, bitter herbs, and light malt.
  • Taste: The taste of the Revenge Double India Pale Ale is bitter, dank and earthy, herbal, and lightly fruity.  There are notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pine, black tea, minerals, bitter and fresh herbs, and very light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, dry, and very bitter with a dry, bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The bold, bitter, punchy hop blast of Proper's Revenge is perfect for the fast-paced sonic metal blast of W.A.S.P.'s classic and definitive "The Last Command"!  After drinking a bottle or two of Revenge, the songs "Wild Child," "Blind in Texas," and "Running Wild in the Streets" become your battle anthems!

So get on over to your favorite LOCAL heavy metal record store, pick up a copy of "The Last Command," and grab a bottle of Proper's Revenge Double India Pale Ale... and prepare yourself for an evening of intensity, big flavour, big guitars, big hair, and unadulterated fun!  And if you down a couple of bottles all by yourself in the time it takes "The Last Command" to play through, you can relive Chris Holms' appearance in the movie "The Decline of Western Civilization!"  :)  
Cheers!!  Hails!!