Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14th, 2018 - We Live For Trois Pistoles


Hello and happy Sunday!  The Meista here getting heavy and dark with Electric Wizard's "We Live" and a Trois Pistoles from Unibroue!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Electric Wizard
  • Title: "We Live"
  • Recorded: July 2003
  • Release date: 2004
  • Record company: Rise Above Records
  • Production: Jus Oborn and Mathieus Schneeberger
  • Album cover art: Tony R.
  • Personnel: Rob Al-Issa (bass), Liz Buckingham (guitar), Justin Greaves (drums), and Jus Oborn (guitar and vocals)
  • Musical style: Doom metal, stoner metal, hard rock
  • Sound: Slow and sludgy, but with a nice dose of aggression, the sound on "We Live" is pure doom metal!  It is slow, droning, and heavy as hell!
  • Major themes: Darkness, the occult, drugs, evil, death, mythology, aggression, power, violence, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Eko Eko Azarak"
  2. "We Live"
  3. "Flower Of Evil (aka Malfiore)"
  4. "Another Perfect Day"
  5. "The Sun Has Turned To Black"
  6. "Saturn's Children"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)
  • Website: https://www.unibroue.com/en/legal
  • Brew: Trois Pistoles
  • Style: Strong Dark Belgium Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBUs: 15.5
  • Pour: The Trois Pistoles pours an opaque deep chestnut brown with burgundy hues and a thin, but creamy and frothy light mocha head with good retention and lacy residue.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, rich, earthy, chocolaty, and somewhat smoky.  There are aromas of dark fruits (raisins, black cherries, plums, etc), soft banana, cocoa, grape, pear, and a little booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Unibroue is fruity, malty, rich, and sweet.  There are notes of pear juice, soft banana, raisin bread, black cherries, plums, and a hint of spiced Jamaican rum and molasses.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with lots of effervescence, the mouthfeel is frothy, smooth, and a little boozy with a dry, crisp finish.
Overall pairing: The Unibroue Trois Pistoles is a big and complex ale, great for slowly sipping while kicking back on a lazy Sunday and enjoying the heavy duty sludge and aggression of Electric Wizard's brilliant "We Live"!
    
HAILS!!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

January 6th, 2018 - Leo V. Ursus And The Art Of Self Defense


Good evening!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here tonight getting heavy and aggressive with a pairing of The Art Of Self Defense", the debut album of High On Fire and a Leo V. Ursus: Adversus!

Album Info:
  • Artist: High On Fire
  • Title: "The Art Of Self Defense" (2012 Re-release)
  • Recorded: 1999 at Sharkbite Studio in Oakland, California and 
  • Release date: March 7th, 2000 (1st studio album by High On Fire)
  • Record company: Man's Ruin Records / Tee Pee Records (2001 re-release) / Southern Lord Records (2012 re-release
  • Production: Billy Anderson and High On Fire
  • Album cover art: Aaron D.C. Edge (design) and Arik Roper (illustration)
  • Personnel: Des Kensel (drums), Matt Pike (guitars and vocals), and George Rice (bass)
  • Musical style: Stoner metal / rock
  • Sound: Heavy, aggressive, raw, and unapologetic, "The Art Of Self Defense" is one of those albums that grabs hold of you from note 1 and doesn't let go!  Riff-driven, the sound is akin to the heaviness of Pike's other band Sleep, but this is much faster, much more aggressive, much angrier.  The rhythm section is a thunderous juggernaut... the perfect foil for Pike's crunching guitar onslaught and his glass, gravel, and spit vocals!
  • Major themes: Power, might, time, violence, darkness, death, knowledge, religion, mythology, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Baghdad"
  2. "10,000 Years"
  3. "Blood From Zion"
  4. "Last"
  5. "Fireface"
  6. "Master Of Fists"
  7. "Steel Shoe" (2001 7 Inch)
  8. "The Usurper" (2001 7 Inch - Celtic Frost cover)
  9. "Blood From Zion" (1999 demo)
  10. "10,000 Years" (1999 demo)
  11. "Master Of Fists" (1999 demo)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Company (Paso Robles, California)
  • Website: http://www.firestonebeer.com/
  • 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 and dank double IPA... perfect for the hard-rockin' aggression and stoner might of High On Fire's debut album "The Art Of Self Defense"!  'Nuff said!
    
Hails!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

January 5th, 2018 - The Unkindness Of Crows In Dark Alleys


Hey there rockers and craft brew freaks!  Happy Friday!  The Meista here today with a pairing of beer and music from some folks in my neck of the woods... "The Unkindness Of Crows" by Eagle Twin and a Dark Alley Imperial Stout from 2 Row Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Eagle Twin
  • Title: "The Unkindness Of Crows"
  • Recorded: January 2009 in Seattle, Washington
  • Release date: 2010 (1st album by Eagle Twin)
  • Record company: Southern Lord Records
  • Production: Eagle Twin and Randall Dunn
  • Album cover art: Gentry Densley, Corey Crowley, and Sri Whipple
  • Personnel: Gentry Densley (vocals, guitars, electrons, and amplifiers) and Tyler Smith (gongs, cymbals, drums, fists, tree trunks)
  • Musical style: Doom metal, sludge metal, drone metal, art rock with elements of progressive rock, fusion, and psychedelic rock
  • Sound: Experimental, heavy, and aggressive, the sound on Eagle Twin's "The Unkindness Of Crows" is akin to the work of Electric Wizard in that it builds from the doom legacy of Black Sabbath, but with more anger and brilliant psychedelic reckless abandon!  Of the album's sound, Densley stated: "Well, a lot of it comes from "the riff" and the whole tradition of "the riff". It's something that I've become more conscious of – from Page and Iommi, down through people like Wino – the whole idea of people channeling "the riff". I'm also interested in myths and mythology and the creation of myths, the scale of the universal consciousness and how these same stories pop up over the years – the whole idea of collective memory and looking at riffs the same way; the real language of "the riff". I also wanted to do more story telling so there are probably influences from a lot of blues artists and also a lot of Mahavishnu influences; harmonically, I just started thinking about putting some more of that in, and there are elements of fusion jazz as well." 
  • Major themes: A concept album of sorts, "The Unkindness Of Crows" examines mythological tales and folklore about crows and the creation myth.  The linear notes in the album include the following statement about the lyrical content: "We extend apologies for our shameless fleecing of dead poets, native myths, Mormon hymns, Japanese haikus, Upton Sinclair, and especially Ted Hughes." 
  • Tracks:   
  1. "In The Beginning Was The Scream"
  2. "10,000 Birds Of Black Hot Fire"
  3. "Murder Of..."
  4. "Storytelling Of Ravens"
  5. "Crow Hymn"
  6. "Hymnal Slight Return"
  7. "Carry On, King Of Carrion"
  8. "And It Came To Pass That Birds Fell To Earth As Black Snakes"
  9. "Glimpse Of The Ancient Future"


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Dark Alley Imperial Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 14.1%
  • IBUs: 56
  • Pour: The Dark Alley pours an opaque ink black with a thick, frothy, and creamy 2-finger, dark mocha head with great retention and sticky, layered, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, roasty, toasty, and malty.  There are aromas of bittersweet baker's dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits (raisins and prunes), burnt toffee, roasted malts, rich mocha coffee, and hints of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Dark Alley is bitter, rich, earthy, sweet, boozy, and chocolaty.  There are notes of black licorice, dark chocolate, vanilla, raisin, espresso beans, molasses, toffee, oak, and smoky bourbon.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Dark Alley is thick, sticky, velvety, yet biting from the high ABV with a bittersweet and dry finish.
Overall pairing: The dry, dark roasty, and aggressive boozy flavors and aromas of 2 Row's Dark Alley Imperial Stout is the perfect brew to slowly sip whilst listening to the heavy, aggressive, dark, sludgy drone of Eagle Twin's wonderful "The Unkindness Of Crows"!
    
Cheers... hails!!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

December 30th, 2017 - Wizard Bloody, Terrible Wizard


Good evening!  The Meista here tonight getting a little evil and a little "terrible" with Electric Wizard's latest album, "Wizard Bloody Wizard" and a Terrible from Unibroue!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Electric Wizard
  • Title: "Wizard Bloody Wizard"
  • Recorded: April 2016 through February 2017 at Satyr IX Studio
    Release date: November 17th, 2017 (9th studio album by Electric Wizard)
  • Record company: Spinefarm Records / Witchfinder Records
  • Production: Jus Osborn and Liz Buckingham
  • Album cover art: Liz Buckingham (design) and Miguel Pinheiro (photography)
  • Personnel: Liz Buckingham (guitar), Clayton Burgess (bass), Jus Osborn (guitar and vocals), and Simon Poole (drums)
  • Musical style: Doom metal, stoner rock / metal, hard rock
  • Sound: More of a hard rock sound than previous straightforward doom metal outings, with "Wizard Bloody Wizard" once again highlights why they are not only king of underground metal, but quite simply kick ass!
  • Major themes: The occult, sex, drugs, death, violence, horror, evil, etc.  The band's website describes the album as "six savage hymns to death, drugs, sex and violence, music dragged (and drugged) back from the grave… The line is drawn. In blood."
  • Tracks:  
  1. "See You In Hell"
  2. "Necromania"
  3. "Hear The Sirens Scream"
  4. "The Reaper"
  5. "Wicked Caresses"
  6. "Mourning Of The Magicians"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Unibroue (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)
  • Website: http://unibroue.com/
  • Brew: Terrible
  • Style: Belgian-Style Quadruple Ale / Belgian Strong Dark Ale
  • Serving: 25 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 10.5%
  • IBUs: 15
  • Pour: It pours an almost black and opaque chestnut brown with a frothy and creamy, 2-finger light tan head with great retention and lots of layered, sticky, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by rich notes of dark fruit, malt, and spice.  There are aromas of plum, cola, cherry, soft banana, light cloves, and light cocoa.
  • Taste: As with good wines, the Terrible's complex flavors develop with aging... 5 years for this particular brew! Like the nose, the flavor is also very rich and sweet, but the fruit notes are quite  subtle and there is also a prevailing crispness.  There are notes of cola, prune, black cherry, and vanilla in the finish along with those lovely spices: clove, nutmeg, and black pepper, and burnt toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: It is highly carbonated, so the mouthfeel is very frothy and foams in your mouth.  There's also a little booziness up front, but it mellows quickly and finishes nicely... really good for a meaty dish like "Wizard Bloody Wizard".  The finish is frothy and somewhat bitter and sharp.
Overall pairing: The rich complexity, sweet and spicy flavors and aromas, and the boldness of Unibroue's fantastic Terrible is great for the heaviness, the darkness, and the pure evil of Electric Wizard's amazing new album "Wizard Bloody Wizard"! 

Cheers!!  Proost!!  Gezondheid!!  À votre santé!!  Hails!!

December 30th, 2017 - The Moment Of Truth For The Citrus Mistress


Hello!  The Meista here today pairing "Moment Of Truth" by Terri Nunn (of Berlin fame) and a Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Terri Nunn
  • Title: "Moment Of Truth"
  • Recorded: 1991
  • Release date: December 1991 (1st and only solo album by Terri Nunn)
  • Record company: DGC / Mercury Records
  • Production: David Z and Steve Brown
  • Album cover art: Brian Jackson and Larry Vigon (art design) and Horst Stasny (photography)
  • Personnel: Terri Nunn (lead and backing vocals) with Randy Castillo (drums), Jason P. Delaire (saxophone), Andrew Flashman (keyboards and organ), Bob Griffin (bass), Kenny Holman (saxophone), Karly Hyde (electric and acoustic guitars, 6-string bass, sitar, and backing vocals), Bruce Kurnow (harmonica), Mark Leonard (bass and keyboards), Ricky Peterson (keyboards), The Steeles (backing vocals), St. Paul Peterson (backing vocals), Tim Pierce (guitar), Levi Seacer Jr. (bass and guitar), Billy Ward (drums),  and David Z (guitar, sitar, and drums and percussion)
  • Musical style: Rock, pop rock, indie rock, and a touch of rap
  • Sound: Emotional, honest, and straightforward rock and roll.  Of the album, Nunn stated in an interview: "When I wrote this album, I'd planned to expose myself a lot more with my writing. All of the musicians I grew up idolizing and loving, that's what I loved about them - David Bowie, Grace Slick, Bonnie Raitt. They exposed themselves and how they were growing through their music. That helped me as a person, as well as listening to the music and getting off on the oral high. It was a communication."
  • Major themes: Darker and more personal than the lyrics from her Berlin days, with "Moment Of Truth", Nunn explores themes of loss, heartbreak, suicide, domestic abuse, and racism along with themes of love, lust, sex, desire, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Confession Time"
  2. "Desire Me"
  3. "Once Upon A Time"
  4. "Moment Of Truth"
  5. "Let Me Be The One"
  6. "89 Lines"
  7. "Who's Gonna Take You Home Tonight"
  8. "Go Ask The Lonely"
  9. "Too Far To Fall"
  10. "Fly By Night"
  11. "Diane"


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Hop Valley Brewing Company (Springfield, Oregon)
  • Website: https://www.hopvalleybrewing.com/
  • Brew: Citrus Mistress
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBUs: 80
  • Ingredients: Munich malt and 6 varieties of hops
  • Pour: The Citrus Mistress pours a hazy golden amber with an off-white, 1-finger.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, herbal, and lightly malty.  There are aromas of freshly cut grapefruit, tangerine peel, peach, apricot, mango, black tea, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Citrus Mistress is very hop-forward with citrusy, herbal, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, grapefruit juice, tangerine, orange peel, burnt orange, pine, black tea, fresh herbs, and light toasted malt.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Citrus Mistress is sharp, bitter, and crisp with a dry and bitter finish with lingering grapefruit notes.
Overall pairing: The hop-forward and very citrusy elements of the Citrus Mistress from Hop Valley is perfect for the rockin' and poppy punch of Terri Nunn's very underrated "Moment Of Truth"!  The tropical fruit and citrus flavors are great companions to Nunn's beautiful and sultry vocals while the bitter herbal elements go great with the crunchy guitars and lyrics.
    
Cheers!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

December 28th, 2017 - The Bourbon County Imperial Stout Is A Dark Horse


Good afternoon!  The Meista here today pairing George Harrison's "Dark Horse" and a 2017 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Company!  This pairing goes out to Sequoia and Chloe Thomas who both made and gave me the wonderful Brews & Tunes backdrop you see pictured!  Thank you and cheers Sequoia and Chloe!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: George Harrison
  • Title: "Dark Horse"
  • Recorded: November 1973, April 1974, and August through October 1974 at FPSHOT in Oxfordshire, England and A&M Studios in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: December 9th, 1974 (5th solo studio album by George Harrison)
  • Record company: Apple Records
  • Production: George Harrison
  • Album cover art: Tom Wilkes 
  • Personnel: George Harrison (lead and backing vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, Moog synthesizer, clavinet, organ, bass, drums, percussion, and gubgubbi)
  • Additional musicians: Max Bennett (bass), Robben Ford (electric and acoustic guitars), Chuck Findley (flute), John Guerin (drums), Nicky Hopkins (piano), Jim Horn (flute), Mick Jones (acoustic guitar), Roger Kellaway (piano and organ), Jim Keltner (drums), Alvin Lee (electric guitar), Andy Newark (drums and percussion), Billy Preston (electric piano, piano, and organ), Emil Richards (percussion), Tom Scott (saxophones, flute, horn arrangements, and organ), Ringo Starr (drums), Lon and Derrek Van Eaton (backing vocals), Klaus Voormann (bass), Willie Weeks (bass), Ron Wood (electric guitar), and Gary Wright (piano)
  • Musical style: Rock, pop, folk rock with elements of funk rock, jazz, and soul
  • Sound: Rather mellow, honest, and emotional, the sound is warm, melodic, and wonderfully musical.  Harrison breaks from his Beatles-esque sound from earlier albums and creates a hauntingly beautiful album with "Dark Horse".
  • Major themes: Highly personal and rather dark, themes on the album include self doubt, marital strife, adultery, relationships, lost friendship, rock and roll, fame, life, pain, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Hari's On Tour (Expressy)"
  2. "Simply Shady"
  3. "So Sad"
  4. "Bye Bye Love"
  5. "Maya Love"
  6. "Ding Dong, Ding Dong"
  7. "Dark Horse"
  8. "Far East Man"
  9. "It Is He"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Goose Island Beer Company (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Website: http://www.gooseisland.com/age-gate
  • Brew: Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 16.9 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 14.1%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Ingriendents: 2-Row, Black Malt, Caramel, Chocolate, Munich 10, and Roasted Barley malts with Millennium hops
  • Pour: The Bourbon County Brand Stout pours a midnight black hue with a thin, but very firm dark mocha head.
  • Nose: The nose is an intense and bold blend of roasty, oaky, toasty, boozy, bitter, and sweet.  There are aromas of charred oak, bourbon, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla bean, molasses, toffee, and liquid smoke.
  • Taste: The taste of the Bourbon County is boozy, smoky, oaky, roasty, and chocolaty.  There are notes of bourbon, oak, anise, bittersweet baker's dark chocolate, molasses, smoke coffee beans, vanilla, and burnt toffee.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Bourbon County Brand Stout is very thick, velvety smooth, with a very dry, boozy finish.
Overall pairing: The bold and complex Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island is brewed in honor of the 1,000th batch at the original Clybourn brewpub!  This seems like a fitting brew to honor the incredibly talent, musical prowess, and honesty of George Harrison's wonderful "Dark Horse" album!  The mellow, yet complex and emotional tunes are perfect for kicking back on a vacation day whilst sipping the smoky, boozy Bourbon County!
    
Cheers!!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

December 27th, 2017 - 1 Part Unleased In The East, 2 Parts Consumed In The West



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing the brilliant "Unleashed In The East" by NWOBHM gods Judas Priest and a very tasty Limited Release Beer 2: 1 Part East 2 Parts West from 2 Row Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Judas Priest
  • Title: "Unleashed In The East"
  • Recorded: February 10th and 15th, 1979 at Kosei Nenkin Hall and Nakano Sun Plaza in Tokyo, Japan
  • Release date: September 17th, 1979 (1st live album by Judas Priest)
  • Record company: Columbia Records
  • Production: Judas Priest and Tom Allom
  • Album cover art: Fin Costello
  • Personnel: Les Binks (drums), K.K. Downing (guitars), Rob Halford (lead vocals), Ian Hill (bass), and Glenn Tipton (guitars)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal
  • Sound: Regardless of the controversial overdub/recording rumors about this album, it still kicks major heavy metal ass!  This is definitive early Priest!  It is raw, fast, furious, and seminal NWOBHM!!
  • Major themes: Life and death, murder, rebellion, power aggression, heavy metal, sin, reality, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Exciter"
  2. "Running Wild"
  3. "Sinner"
  4. "The Ripper"
  5. "The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown)"
  6. "Diamonds And Rust"
  7. "Victim Of Changes"
  8. "Genocide"
  9. "Tyrant"
  10. "Rock Forever"
  11. "Delivering The Goods"
  12. "Hell Bent For Leather"
  13. "Starbreaker"


Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Midvale, Utah)
  • Website: http://2rowbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Limited Release Beer 2: 1 Part East 2 Parts West
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.5%
  • IBUs: 69
  • Ingredients: blending a New England IPA and a West Coast IPA, the 1 Part East 2 Parts West is made with El Dorado, Simcoe, and Comet hops
  • Pour: The 1 Part East 2 Parts West pours a very hazy caramel apple-amber with a frothy, eggshell, 1-finger firm head with great retention and lost of sticky, spider web lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, dank, and sweet.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange zest, mango, melon, pine resin, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the 1 Part East 2 Parts West is very citrusy, somewhat bitter, fruity, malty, and sweet.  There are notes of juicy pink grapefruit, mango, pine, herbal tea, bready malt, and soft caramel.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the 1 Part East 2 Parts West is juicy, bitter, crisp, and very refreshing with a dry, slightly bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The power, crunch of guitars, soaring vocals, and thunder of the rhythm section is even more intense when accompanied by the juicy, punchy, citrusy deliciousness of 2 Row's Limited Release Beer 2: 1 Part East 2 Parts West!  'Nuff said!!
    
Cheers and hails!!