Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20th, 2017 - Tastes Like Sitra Ahra



Hello!  The Meista here today rocking out to Therion's "Sitra Ahra" and a delicious Tastes Like Citrus IPA from my friends at 2 Row Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Therion
  • Title: "Sitra Ahra"
  • Recorded: September 17th, 2010 (14th full-length studio album from Therion)
  • Release date: 2009 through 2010 at Polar Studios in Stockholm 
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Christofer Johnsson
  • Album cover art: Thomas Ewerhard
  • Personnel: Christofer Johnsson (guitars and keyboards), Thomas Karlsson (lyrics), Johan Koleberg (drums), Lori Lewis (vocals), Nalle "Grizzly" Påhlsson (bass guitar), Snowy Shaw (vocals), Christian Vidal (guitars), and Thomas Vikström (vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Niklas Andersson (timpani), Staffan Astner (guitar), Jan Bengtsson  (flute), Elinor Berg (French horn), Anders Forsman (violin), Magnus Franzen (French horn), Ida Freij (French horn), Henrik Blixt (bassoon), Anna Dager (cello), Hanna Ekström (violin), Staffan Findin (trombone), Hans Gardemar (accordion and vocals), Mika "Belfagor" Hakola (vocals on "Din"), Erik Holm (viola), Marcus Jupither (vocals on "Hellequin"), Petter Karlsson (vocals on "2012: Return Of The Feathered Serpent"), and Linnéa Vikström (vocals on "Sitra Ahra", "Kings Of Edom", "Land Of Canaan", and "Hellequin")
  • Musical style: Symphonic metal, progressive metal, gothic metal
  • Sound: Bold, bombastic, melodic, and vastly musical, "Sitra Ahra" is a wonderful journey into metal of the symphonic realm!  There are amazing vocal harmonies, transitions, and soaring guitars!
  • Major themes: Mysticism, mythology, the occult, life and death, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Introduction/Sitra Ahra"
  2. "Kings Of Edom"
  3. "Unguentum Sabbati"
  4. "Land Of Canaan"
  5. "Hellequin"
  6. "2012: Return Of The Feathered Serpent"
  7. "Cú Chulainn"
  8. "Kali Yuga Part 3: Autumn Of the Aeons"
  9. "The Shells Are Open"
  10. "Din"
  11. "Children of the Stone: After The Inquisition"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Tastes Like Citrus IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.0% 
  • Pour: The Tastes Like Citrus pours a hazy and bright orange-amber with a frothy 2-finger off-white head with great sustain and lots of intricate and sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by a blast of citrus along with lighter malt aromas.  There are notes of orange juice and zest, grapefruit juice and rind, lemon zest, lime, mango, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste is like the name denotes... lots and lots of wonderful citrus flavors along with light malt.  There are notes of orange juice, tangerine, grapefruit pith, mango, pineapple, and lemon zest, light caramel, and crackery maltiness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Tastes Like Citrus is crisp, snappy, and very refreshing with a clean finish.

Overall pairing: The crisp, bright, citrusy flavors and aromas of the wonderful Tastes Like Citrus IPA from 2 Row Brewing is perfect for the complex and melodic bombast of Therion!  Those fruity notes are great for all the massive vocal harmonies!

Cheers and hails!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18th, 2017 - Taste The Sin-Tax



Hello!  The Meista here today getting heavy with a pairing of the Sin-Tax Imperial Stout from Mother Earth Brewing Company and "Taste The Sin" by Black Tusk!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Black Tusk
  • Title: "Taste The Sin"
  • Recorded: 2010 in Savannah, Georgia
  • Release date: May 25th, 2010 (3rd full-length album by Black Tusk)
  • Record company: Relapse Records
  • Production: Black Tusk
  • Album cover art: John Dyer Baizley
  • Personnel: Jonathan Athon (bass and vocals), Andrew Fidler (guitar and vocals), and James May (drums and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Jason Statts (vocals on "Unleash The Wrath")
  • Musical style: Sludge metal, stoner metal, "swamp" metal with elements of thrash metal and hardcore punk
  • Sound: Murky, sludgy, and dirty, Black Tusk's brand of Southern doom / sludge metal draws from their love of Black Sabbath along with thrash metal and hardcore punk.  This is raw, in-your-face, heavy duty shit man!
  • Major themes: Life in the South, death, violence, war, heavy metal, the occult, fear, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Embrace The Madness"
  2. "Snake Charmer"
  3. "Red Eyes, Black Skies"
  4. "Way Of Horse And Bow"
  5. "Unleash The Wrath"
  6. "Twist The Knife"
  7. "Redline"
  8. "The Take Off"
  9. "The Ride"
  10. "The Crash"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing Company (Vista, California)
  • Website: http://www.motherearthbrewco.com/on-tap/dont-make-it-weird
  • Brew: Sin-Tax Imperial Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout / Double Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.1% 
  • Pour: The Sin-Tax pours an opaque black with Coca-Cola amber on the edges of the glass.  The 1+ finger mocha head is thick and creamy and leaves a nice and sustained ring of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, nutty, and chocolaty.  BIG aromas of peanut butter, dark chocolate, and roasted dark malts abound along with more subtle aromas of vanilla bean and coffee.
  • Taste: Delectable and decadently robust, the flavor is a complex and wonderful blend of chocolate and peanut butter.  There are huge notes of roasted malts, cocoa, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, peanut, vanilla, and dark roasted coffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Sin-Tax is silky smooth, chunky, and thick.. and very dry with a hint of bourbon booziness in the finish.

Overall pairing: The sludgy, murky, and dark music and themes of Black Tusk's wonderful "Taste The Sin" works wonderfully well with the roasty, chocolaty, and nutty flavors and aromas of Mother Earth's tasty Sin-Tax Imperial Stout!

Cheers and hails!!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17th, 2017 - I Will Just Drink My Luponic Distortion As The Palace Burns



Good evening headbangers and hop lovers!  The Meista here with a pairing in anticipation and celebration of tomorrow night's Lamb Of God and Behemoth concert here in Utah!  Hells yeah!!  Tonight I'm pairing Lamb Of God's "As The Palace Burns" with a Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006 from Firestone Walker Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Lamb Of God
  • Title: "As The Palace Burns"
  • Recorded: 2002 at Montana, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia
  • Release date: May 6th, 2003 (2nd studio album by Lamb Of God)
  • Record company: Prosthetic Records / Black Market Activities
  • Production: Devin Townsend and Lamb of God
  • Album cover art: K3N
  • Personnel: Chris Adler (drums and percussion), Willie Adler (rhythm guitar), Randy Blythe (vocals), John Campbell (bass), and Mark Morton (lead guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Steve Austin (vocals on "11th Hour), Chris Poland (guitar on "Purified"), and Devin Townsend (guitar on "A Devil in God's Country")
  • Musical style: Groove metal, thrash metal, death metal
  • Sound: Incredibly aggressive with a wonderful and powerful groove throughout, Lamb Of God's sound on "As The Palace Burns" is the definitive groove/death metal of the early 2000s!  This is seminal, this is raw, this is precision, this is Lamb Of God!!
  • Major themes: With both personal and socio-politically critical, themes on "As The Palace Burns" include hatred, anger, aggression, pain,  mediocrity, thinking for one's self, the pursuit of knowledge, death, war, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Ruin"
  2. "As The Palace Burns"
  3. "Purified"
  4. "11th Hour"
  5. "For Your Malice"
  6. "Boot Scraper"
  7. "A Devil In God's Country"
  8. "In Defense Of Our Good Name"
  9. "Blood Junkie"
  10. "Vigil"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)
  • Website: http://www.firestonebeer.com/
  • Brew: Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.9% 
  • IBUs: 50
  • Ingredients: 7 varieties of Michigan-grown, Northwest hops
  • Pour: The Luponic Distortion pours a clear, golden hue with a 1-finger, bright white head that dissipates to a thin ring, but leaves lots of chunky and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a blend of citrusy fruit, earth pine, herbs, and light bready malt.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, pine resin, cedar, bitter herbs, light spices, and baked bread.
  • Taste: The taste of the Luponic Distortion is earthy, herbal, citrusy, and lightly malty.  There are notes of pink grapefruit juice and rind, pine, hints of mango and pineapple, bitter herbs, light pepper, and crisp crackery biscuit.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-medium in body and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very hoppy with a clean, dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The punchy, hop-forward flavors of Firestone Walker's tasty Luponic Distortion: Revolution No. 006 is a great beer for a warm August night and definitely a great brew to pair with the intensity and aggressive brilliance of Lamb Of God's pivotal album, "As The Palace Burns"!

Cheers and hails!!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15th, 2017 - The Islands Lei Effect



Good evening!  The Meista here with a pairing dedicated to my friends Eleanor and Mike the Janitor... cheers kids!!  Tonight I'm pairing King Crimson's "Islands" and a Lei Effect Gose from Proper Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: King Crimson
  • Title: "Islands"
  • Recorded: October 1971 at Command Studios in Piccadilly, London, England
  • Release date: December 3rd, 1971 (4th studio album)
  • Record company: Island Records / Atlantic Records
  • Production: King Crimson
  • Album cover art: Peter Sinfield
  • Personnel: Boz Burrell (bass and lead vocals), Mel Collins (saxophones, flute, bass flute, and backing vocals), Robert Fripp (guitars, mellotron, harmonium, and sundry implements), Peter Sinfield (words, sounds and visions), and Ian Wallace (drums, percussion, and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Mark Charig (cornet), Paulina Lucas (soprano vocals), Harry Miller (double bass), Robin Miller (oboe), and Keith Tippett (piano)
  • Musical style: Progressive rock, rock, experimental art rock, jazz fusion
  • Sound: Wonderfully intricate, artistic, deeply powerful and mesmerizing, the sound on King Crimson's "Islands" is an overlooked gem!  Collins' sax work is outstanding along with the Wallace's jazz-infused drumming!  And of course there is Fripp's mind-blowingly amazing guitar work interweaved throughout!
  • Major themes: Life, death, lust, contemplation, love, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Formentera Lady"
  2. "Sailor's Tale"
  3. "The Letters"
  4. "Ladies Of The Road"
  5. "Prelude: Song Of The Gulls"
  6. "Islands"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Proper Brewing (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.properbrewingco.com/
  • Brew: Lei Effect Gose
  • Style: Gose
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • IBUs: 14
  • Pour: The Lei Effect Gose pours a hazy golden-yellow with a light and billowy, bright white 2+ finger head with good sustain and lots of sticky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, tart, salty, and lightly grainy.  There are notes of passionfruit, lemon juice, light coriander, salt, light and crackery grain, and a bit of sulfur.
  • Taste: The taste of the Lei Effect is characterized by lots of tart fruit and salty flavors.  There are notes of lemon, passionfruit, guava, bitter salt, and light grains.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Lei Effect is very crisp, very tart, and salty with a lip-puckering, clean finish.

Overall pairing: With the sometimes bizarre and always interesting intricacies of King Crimson's "Islands", you need a tasty and crisp brew to kick back with on a hot summer night!  Those sharp, salty, and tart notes of Proper's Lei Effect are great for the abrupt and punchy guitar and sax notes!

Cheers!!  

Friday, August 11, 2017

August 11th, 2017 - The Accelerator Is Accelerating The Evolution



Hello and happy Friday my friends!  Let's get the weekend started off right with a pairing of an Accelerator IPA from 2 Row Brewing and "Accelerated Evolution" by The Devin Townsend Band!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Devin Townsend Band
  • Title: "Accelerated Evolution"
  • Recorded: September through November 2002 at The Armoury in Merchland, Canada and Hipposonic studios in Vancouver, Canada
  • Release date: March 31st, 2003 (6th studio album by Devin Townsend)
  • Record company: HevyDevy Records
  • Production: Devin Townsend
  • Album cover art: Travis Smith 
  • Personnel: Devin Townsend (guitar, vocals, and ambience) with Ryan Van Poederooyen (drums), Brian Waddell (guitar), Dave Young (keyboards), and Mike Young (bass)
  • Musical style: Progressive metal/rock, hard rock, alternative rock/metal
  • Sound: As a musical outlet more "pop" oriented than his extreme metal band Strapping Young Lad, Townsend's solo projects combine progressive rock and metal with ambient, rock, and eltronica.  "Accelerated Evolution" definitely embraces this style, yet still rocks!  Make no mistake, this is still heavy as hell!  The music may be more layered, more accessible, and cleaner, but still includes Townsend's trademark "wall of sound".  It is majestic, powerful, and beautiful!
  • Major themes: Lyrically, "Accelerated Evolution" is very personal, honest, and abstract.  Themes include discovery, peace, hopefulness, honesty, sorrow, isolation, , etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Depth Charge"
  2. "Storm"
  3. "Random Analysis"
  4. "Deadhead"
  5. "Suicide"
  6. "Traveller"
  7. "Away"
  8. "Sunday Afternoon"
  9. "Slow Me Down"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Accelerator IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.0% 
  • Pour: The Accelerator IPA pours a clear, orange-gold with a 1-finger, bright white head with good sustain and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, earthy, hoppy, and sweet.  There are aromas of citrus (orange, tangerine, and grapefruit rind), tropical fruit (mango and pineapple), light pine resin, bready dough, and toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Accelerator IPA is characterized by lots of citrus and tropical fruit, dank earthiness, and sweet malt.  There are notes of orange, tangerine, pink grapefruit, melon, mango, light pine, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Accelerator is crisp, smooth, and slightly punchy with a mildly bitter and dry finish.

Overall pairing: The Accelerator IPA from 2 Row is a bold, attention-demanding brew with lots of great flavor and wonderfully refreshing... perfect for the progressive metal goodness of The Devin Townsend Band brilliant and wholly engaging "Accelerated Evolution!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 8th, Just Say When Ozzy!



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight rocking out to Ozzy Osbourne's live EP "Just Say Ozzy" and a Say When India Pale Ale from Mother Earth Brewing Company!  Hells yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Ozzy Osbourne
  • Title: "Just Say Ozzy"
  • Recorded: November 1989 at Brixton Academy in London, England but then re-recorded and mixed at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, New York
  • Release date: March 17th, 1990
  • Record company: Epic / CBS
  • Production: Andy Johns
  • Album cover art: Josephine DiDonato (art direction) and Diarmuid Quinn and                      Jean Pellerin (photography)
  • Personnel: Ozzy Osbourne (vocals) with Geezer Butler (bass), Randy Castillo (drums), John Sinclair (keyboards), and Zakk Wylde (guitar)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal
  • Sound: With an incredibly tight and fairly young band, Ozzy's "Just Say Ozzy" is a testament to the might and perseverance of metal during the era of grunge!  This is Ozzy in perfect form... powerful, humorous, and metal as hell!
  • Major themes: Religion, murder, love, lust, pot, war, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Miracle Man"
  2. "Bloodbath In Paradise"
  3. "Shot In The Dark"
  4. "Tattooed Dancer"
  5. "Sweet Leaf"
  6. "War Pigs"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Mother Earth Brewing Company ( California)
  • Website: https://www.motherearthbrewco.com/
  • Brew: Say When India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can 
  • ABV: 7.5% 
  • IBUs: 75 
  • Ingredients: Pale 2-Row, White Wheat, and Light Crystal malts with Galaxy, Citra, and Idaho 7 hops
  • Pour: The Say When IPA pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow hue with a frothy, 1+ finger, bright white head with good retention and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is tropical, citrusy, slightly herbal, and slightly malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind and juice, tangerine, orange, mango, guava, pineapple, very light pine resin, light herbs and spices, and very subtle caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Say When follows the nose with great citrus, tropical fruit, and lightly earthy and malty flavors.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, lime, mango, pineapple, light crackery biscuit, very light caramel, and hints of pine.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with lots of bubbly carbonation, the mouthfeel of Say When IPA is very crisp, sharp, and refreshing with a clean, dry, and slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The Say When IPA from Mother Earth is a punchy, very drinkable, tasty little number... perfect for the fast-paced, kick-ass heavy metal musings of the Prince of Darkness himself!  The bright, fruity flavors are great for the fiery guitar work of Wylde, while the more bitter and malty notes are great for Ozzy's vocals and the thunderous rhythm section of Geezer and the late, great Castillo!

Cheers and hails!!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 6th, 2017 - Rum Aged Mac


Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing Fleetwood Mac's self-titled 1975 album and an Innis & Gunn Rum Aged ale!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Fleetwood Mac
  • Title: "Fleetwood Mac"
  • Recorded: January through February 1975 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California
  • Release date: July 1975 (10th studio album by Fleetwood Mac)
  • Record company: Reprise Records
  • Production: Fleetwood Mac and Keith Olsen
  • Album cover art: Herbert W. Worthington II
  • Personnel: Lindsey Buckingham (electric, acoustic, and resonator guitar, banjo, and vocals), Mick Fleetwood (drums and percussion), Christine McVie (keyboards, synthesizer, and vocals), John McVie (bass guitar), and Stevie Nicks (vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Waddy Wachtel (rhythm guitar on "Sugar Daddy")
  • Musical style: Rock, pop, soft rock, folk rock
  • Sound: With a notable change in style, the 1975 "Fleetwood Mac" album is the first to feature Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.  The tracks are warm, melodic, and full of great hooks and harmonies... an obvious classic!  
  • Major themes: Relationships, love, heartbreak, passion, tension, deception, fear, hope, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Monday Morning"
  2. "Warm Ways"
  3. "Blue Letter"
  4. "Rhiannon"
  5. "Over My Head"
  6. "Crystal"
  7. "Say You Love Me"
  8. "Landslide"
  9. "World Turning"
  10. "Sugar Daddy"
  11. "I'm So Afraid"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Innis & Gunn (Edinburgh, Scotland)
  • Website: http://innisandgunn.com/
  • Brew: Innis & Gunn Rum Aged
  • Style: Scottish Ale
  • Serving: 16 ounce bottle 
  • ABV: 6.8%          
  • Ingredients: Innis & Gunn Ale Malt, Crystal Malt, Roasted Barley, and Chocolate Malt with Super Styrian hops
  • Pour: The Innis & Gunn Rum Aged pours a deep ruby red with a small white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin ring.
  • Nose: The nose is a blend of spicy rum, woodsy oak, and toasty and bready malt.  There are aromas of spiced rum, vanilla bean, cherry, nutmeg, toasted bread, caramel, and a hint of citrus.
  • Taste: The taste of the Innis & Gunn Rum Aged is like the nose... lots of spiced rum, vanilla, cloves, dark fruit, and sweet malts.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a boozy bite and a dry, somewhat sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The very bold and boozy Innis & Gunn Rum Aged Scottish ale is the perfect brew to sip whilst sitting out on your back patio listening to Fleetwood Mac on a warm summer night!  

Cheers!!