Thursday, June 22, 2017

June 22nd, 2017 - The Velocihoptor's Cosmic Egg



Good evening rockers and hop lovers!  The Meista here tonight rocking out with Wolfmother's "Cosmic Egg" and a Velocihoptor Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Wolfmother
  • Title: "Cosmic Egg"
  • Recorded: April through May 2009 at Sound City Studios and Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles, California
  • Release date: October 23rd, 2009 (2nd studio album by Wolfmother)
  • Record company: Modular Records
  • Production: Alan Moulder
  • Album cover art: Ryan Clark 
  • Personnel: Dave Atkins (drums and strings on "10,000 Feet"), Aidan Nemeth (rhythm guitar), Ian Peres (bass and keyboards), and Andrew Stockdale (lead vocals, lead guitar, and mixing)
  • Additional musicians: Kenny Segal (strings on "10,000 Feet") and Ben Tolliday (additional bass and engineering assistance on "Back Round")
  • Musical style: Hard rock, psychedelic rock, stoner rock/metal
  • Sound: Heavy, heavy, heavy... and totally rocking, the sound on "Cosmic Egg" is characterized by meaty, bass-driven melodies coupled with psychedelic and spacy guitar grooves and hooks!  Of the album, Stockdale stated: "We do have a lot of jams, like incoherent pieces of music, that at least could get the ball rolling.  And I have a few ideas I've been working on in hotels and stuff, which is kind of the way half of the record was written last time. Sometimes it can be a long process and sometimes it happens really quickly, so you just have to keep the fishing net open for ideas and hope that you catch a few."
  • Major themes: Partying, pot, mysticism, life, love, passion, fantasy, reality, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "California Queen"
  2. "New Moon Rising"
  3. "White Feather"
  4. "Sundial"
  5. "In The Morning"
  6. "10,000 Feet"
  7. "Cosmic Egg"
  8. "Far Away"
  9. "Pilgrim"
  10. "In the Castle"
  11. "Phoenix"
  12. "Violence Of The Sun"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon) 
  • Website: http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/ 
  • Brew: Velocihoptor Double IPA                
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.4%
  • IBUs: 88
  • Ingredients: 2-Row Pale, Crystal, and White Wheat malts and Meridian, Centennial, Simcoe, Columbus, Bravo, and Sterling hops
  • Pour: The Velocihoptor Double IPA pours a hazy, deep copper-red with a creamy, light tan 1-finger head with good sustain and lots of sticky and chunky lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, earthy, citrusy, and sweet.  There are aromas of bold pine resin, grapefruit rind, tangerine, black tea, bready malts, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Velocihoptor is characterized by bitter pine, hop oil, citrus, and a big malt backbone.  There are notes of pine, black tea, bitter herbs, grapefruit, orange, tangerine, hearty bread, and sweet toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is sticky and slick with a bitter, dry finish.

Overall pairing:
The big, bold aromas and flavors of Ninkasi' wonderful Velocihoptor Double IPA  is perfect for the heavy-duty rockin' grooves of the bad-assery that is Wolfmother's "Cosmic Egg"!  Those sweet and malty notes are great for the thunderous bass and drums while the punchy hop bitterness is great for the vocals and fiery guitars!

Cheers and hails!!  Rock on!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June 21st, 2017 - The Perfect Symmetry Of The Deseret Edge Belgian Enkel



Good evening rockers and craft beer fans!  The Meista here tonight rocking out to a pairing of a Belgian Enkel from Deseret Edge Brewery and "Perfect Symmetry" by Fates Warning!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Fates Warning
  • Title: "Perfect Symmetry"
  • Recorded: April through May 1989 at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut
  • Release date: 1989 (5th studio album by Fates Warning)
  • Record company: Metal Blade Records
  • Production: Roger Probert and Max Norman
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: Ray Alder (lead and backing vocals), Frank Aresti (guitars and backing vocals), Joe DiBiase (bass), Jim Matheos (guitars), Kevin Moore (keyboards), and Mark Zonder (drums)
  • Guest musician: Faith Fraeoli (violin)
  • Musical style: Progressive metal/rock
  • Sound: More progressive than previous works, the music on "Perfect Symmetry" is still dominated by their heavy and unique sound.  It is very complex and intricate with lots of odd meters and tempo changes.  Of the album Zonder stated: "It seemed a bit more prog and less thrashy.  Seemed like Jim wanted to stretch things out a bit and make them a bit more airy-linear than straight up and down."  Through "Perfect Symmetry", you can definitely see how influential this band was on Dream Theater and Queensr├┐che!  Along with Alder's incredibly powerful vocals, the band is very tight, very consistent, and very amazing!
  • Major themes: With a dystopian view, themes on the album include anger, isolation, pain, sorrow, helplessness, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Part Of The Machine"
  2. "Through Different Eyes"
  3. "Static Acts"
  4. "A World Apart"
  5. "At Fates Hands"
  6. "The Arena"
  7. "Chasing Time"
  8. "Nothing Left To Say"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah) 
  • Website: http://desertedgebrewery.com/
  • Brew: Belgian Enkel                 
  • Style: Patersbier / Belgian Blonde Ale
  • Serving: Pint off the tap
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • IBUs: 23
  • Ingredients: Pale, Vienna, Wheat, and Biscuit malts with Fuggle hops
  • Pour: The Belgian Enkel pours an opaque caramel gold with a thin and bubbly, bright white head that dissipates to a thin ring with soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by a wonderful blend of Belgian yeast, sweet malt, fruit, and spices.  There are aromas of banana, clove, nutmeg, pear juice, apple, bready malt, and toffee.
  • Taste: The taste of the Belgian Enkel is fruity, sweet, spicy, and malty.  There are notes of banana, pear, hints of citrus, bready malt, clove, nutmeg, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp with low bitterness and a dry, somewhat spicy finish.

Overall pairing:
The complex, sweet, and fruity, yet very drinkable flavors of Desert Edge's Belgian Enkel are perfect for the intricate and melodic tunes of Fates Warning, especially the music they produced on "Perfect Symmetry"!  With an album as richly textured as "Perfect Symmetry" you want a brew that compliments the melodies with similar texture, but something that also goes down easy... the Belgian Enkel definitely fits that bill!

Cheers and hails!!  

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th, 2017 - Paragon Of Extreme Metal Guitar: An Interview With Logan Mader



When you mention the name "Logan Mader" to a metal head, he/she usually thinks of the original two albums by Machine Head.  Or his name may conjure images of his dreadlocks flying with Soulfly.  Many will remember his amazing production work of bands like Cavalera Conspiracy, Soulfly, Gojira, Devildriver, W.A.S.P., etc.  What you really need to know now is that after a 10 year break from playing, Logan Mader formed an amazing melodic death metal band, Once Human that has produced two brilliant albums.  Their latest, "Evolution" was released in February of this year.  They recently finished a very successful tour with Xandria and Kobra And The Lotus.  They are now touring with Wednesday 13 and Gabriel And The Apocalypse... a show you don't want to miss!

I sat down with Mr. Mader this past weekend when his band, Once Human opened for Wednesday 13 at the Metro Music Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Here's what Mr. Mader had to say about music, his band Once Human, touring, and the immediate future of Once Human:


1.      When did you first start playing guitar?  What got you into music originally?

I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old.  And I taught myself how to play.  I just decided I wanted to be a guitar player.  My mom bought me a cheap acoustic guitar.  I was actually in drug rehap at the time.  I taught myself how to play guitar pretty quick and that’s all I did for many years… play guitar.


2.      Who are your biggest influences as a guitarist? 

Well, in the beginning, as inspiration to be a guitar player was Bay Area thrash metal… all of it: Exodus, Testament, Death Angel, Violence, Metallica.  And then I got into Slayer as well.  And just the darkest, heaviest, most brutal shit is what spoke to me.  That’s my shit, yeah.


3.      So you’ve produced some heavy hitters over the years including W.A.S.P., Soulfly, Cavelara Conspiracy, Gojira, Five Finger Death Punch, Devildriver, to name a few.  Although you are currently very busy writing, recording, producing, and touring with Once Human, do you plan to still produce records from other bands/musicians? 

I still do.  Yeah. I just finished the new W.A.S.P. album. And I have mixes… I’m mostly mixing right now.  And I have a mobile Pro Tools rig that’s complete with everything I have in my other studio so I can work from the road… and I do.  I work when I’m at home.  I love producing, I love mixing.  It’s a big part of my life and I still do it.


4.      Who is the one band you really would like to produce if you could?

Metallica… yeah, Metallica!


5.      What musicians/bands are currently on your radar? Who do you listen to on your downtime?

There’s a band called Invidia. I actually produced them, cowrote, and I manage the band.  And actually they are coming on this Wednesday 13 tour when we leave to go play with Dragonforce.  Invidia is coming on to take our place with this tour and they’ve got a bigger tour coming in September.  I can’t announce it yet.  But it’s a really cool band.  I love Gojira… everything Gojira does always.  I love Meshuggah.  All the classics of course!  But other bands on my radar?  I like Code Orange… pretty fucking awesome!


6.      For my readers that may not be familiar with your background, what was the catalyst that prompted you to transition from an active and successful musician into the production side of things?   What prompted you to return to playing again after a 10 year absence?

That’s a lot of different things, but I always loved being in the studio even when I was just a musician… and making records. It was the time around the year 2000, 2001 I decided I wanted to become a producer and a mixer so I did.  And I focused all my energy on that.  I felt like I did it full time and I didn’t want to be in a band at the same time.  I wanted to cultivate that part of my life.  I did a lot of records and made a bit of a name for myself and I really enjoyed doing it.  And I still do.  And then when I met Lauren [Hart], as a producer and a cowriter, it turned into this, which is Once Human and I’m really glad I made that choice to start playing again as well because I missed it and I love it, and I had a good intuition about this band with Lauren.  I think I was right.  It’s still a lot of hard work, but at the same time, my life doesn’t depend on it.  So I get to do it with the mindset that it’s fun.  And it is part of having good human experience.  And I don’t have the stress.  I mean it is stressful because I’m the manager of Once Human, I’m the tour manager, I’m the mixer, and the producer, and the guitar player.  I wear a lot of hats and I take care of my people, but I really enjoy doing it most of all.  And the band… everyone in the band… amazing people.  We’re all really good friends. It’s nice.  I think you can see it.  I think it translates on stage as well.  We love each other.  It’s nice… a bonus.


7.      Yeah, you guys look like you’re having a blast on stage.

Yeah, that’s what we’re supposed to do, you know? Yeah!

  

8.      What gear do you use in the studio?  When touring?

For guitar?  Same shit, I use a Kemper Profiling Amplifier.  It is the single most, I think, important technological advancement in guitar since the invention amplifier [laughs].  It has the ability to capture any amp tone that you can produce and reproduce it digitally so you can take it with you anywhere you go or you can trade and you can share.  It makes things very convenient and consistent on tour because my whole rig is a fucking lunchbox with no speakers.  We go direct to the front of the house.  We use in-ears for monitors.  We don’t really have a stage volume.  All you hear are drums on stage.  So we have a really good mix for our monitors.  To travel with just Kemper as opposed to heads and speakers and all that other shit and moving them all over the world.  We don’t have that anymore.  Our whole backline could be carried on an airplane as a carry-on.  That’s what we use.  And I use them in the studio as well.   

  

9.      The new Once Human album Evolution is a wonderfully heavy, unique, complex, honest, and powerful album.  Do you have a favorite track on the album?  

Yeah, “Paragon” is my favorite song and it always was from the beginning.  I think its my favorite still, but I love them all.


10.  Is there once that you like playing live more so than others? 

Yeah, like “Eye Of Chaos”, “Killers For The Cure” are really, really fun to play live.


11.  There’s a notable difference in musical style between Once Human’s debut album, The Life I Remember and your latest Evolution.  Was that a conscious objective or as the title suggests, is this just the evolution of Once Human?

It was both.  It was conscious to make a better album.  And then I can say in two words… Max Karon.  He’s a big part of the reason for the changes that we made creatively.  So we brought Max in on the second record as our new guitar player and he’s a great writer, and a great player, and a great person.  We are very fortunate to have him with us.  Before it was just me and Lauren on the creative side, but now Max is a big part of that.  It is these three musical minds combined that makes the new sound of Once Human, which really to me is our identity.  I like to look at [the album] “Evolution” as kind of our first album even though it is not.  We are looking from now and into the future.  We really have clearly defined our own identity and I think it is quite unique and special and it speaks to us.  We are happy with it.


12.  How do you work as a songwriter in Once Human?  Is it more on an individual basis or is it more collaborative?

Yeah, it’s the three of us collaborating.  Max is more like a riff guy and lead guitar guy.  And Lauren and I… well, I write riffs too and Lauren writes riffs too, but Lauren and I are more involved in the arrangements.  We spend a lot of time perfecting arrangements, which is a bit time consuming and Max is around for that too.  It’s the three of us all playing our parts in a way that works really well combined.  Max will do a lot of riffs on his own and say “here’s this… check this out”.  Lauren and I will sit together and I’ll write riffs and she’ll be with me and help write riffs.  We all kind of work together with the arrangements.  Lauren does all her own top lines by herself... usually in the same room as me, but she goes off with her headphones and pad of paper and writes lyrics and patterns and melodies.  It’s all her.    


13.  Are you guys starting to write material for a follow up album?

We have a little bit of bits and pieces, but we are going to be touring quite a bit and it is not easy to do all these things and tour.


14.  You have 5 young children.  What do the kids think of daddy’s music?  What do they thing of rock star dad?

They think it’s cool.  They don’t really get it.  They are all still really young.  I think when they get a little bit older they might think it’s cool.  Or have an opinion about it. [smiles]  Right now they’re just too young to care.


15.  How do you balance family life with touring/recording?

It’s hard.  I mean something always suffers a little bit, but I do the best I can.


16.  What does the future hold for Logan Mader and Once Human, both short term and long term?  What do you see happening next?

My specific goal for this album cycle is to tour as much as possible and organically grow our fan base as much as possible through touring and that live interaction and face-to-face connection with fans.  We are at the point financially where we can actually break even while touring, if not even make a little money.  That’s part of the development and growth I’m concerned with as the manager and doing everything I can to get to that point.  Every tour gets a little better for us.  We have a really good agent in America.  He’s amazing.  He’s too good for us.  He believes in us.  He’s kind of a big agent, but not too big to not care about us.  He cares about us.  We are lucky.  He helps a lot in getting these tours.  It is very competitive to do what we are doing.  And we have a great agent for international.  We are about to go to Europe in September.  The immediate goal for this album cycle is tour as much as possible through this year and into 2018 and finish it off with some summer festivals in Europe, which we are just starting now to get accepted on for 2018.  Yeah, and then go make a third record that blows away everything else that we’ve ever done and see where we are at.


17.  My blog Brews and Tunes pairs craft beer with metal and hard rock.  So Logan Mader comes home from a show or a long day at the recording studio… what craft beer does he grab and what album does he spin to help decompress?

Well, I don’t drink a lot, but I like IPA when I do.  Any kind of good IPA is okay with me.  I know Lagunitas is not really a micro.  It’s kind of a corporate at this point, but it’s pretty good though.  Their IPA is really good.  Umm… I would pair that IPA with “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals. [laughs]  Thank you!


Make sure you catch Once Human on the road right now with Wednesday 13 and then with Dragonforce later this summer!  

Friday, June 16, 2017

June 16th, 2017 - The Life I Remember With Some Shady Maidens


Good afternoon headbangers and hopheads!  In anticipation and celebration of tonight's concert here in Utah, I'm pairing Once Human's amazing debut album, "The Life I Remember" and a Maiden The Shade Summer-Style IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Once Human
  • Title: "The Life I Remember"
  • Recorded: 2015 at Darth Mader Music in Los Angeles, California and Stagg Street Studio in Van Nuys, California
  • Release date: September 4th, 2015 (1st album by Once Human)
  • Record company: earMUSIC
  • Production: Logan Mader
  • Album cover art: Seth Siro Anton
  • Personnel: Ralph Alexander (drums), Lauren Hart (vocals, guitar, and piano), Logan Mader (guitar), Damien Rainaud (bass)
  • Additional musicians: Tina Guo (cello) and Bill Hudson (guitar)
  • Musical style: Melodic death metal, progressive death metal, djent with elements of black metal, grind core, symphonic metal, and progressive metal
  • Sound: Powerfully aggressive, the sound on Once Human's "The Life I Remember" is, in a word, gripping!  This band is wonderfully music, while at the same time, brutal!  Mader's guitar work is fast, furious, and intricate.  Hart's vocal prowess is mesmerizing... at times brutal, at times beautifully ethereal, and always perfect.  The rhythm section of Rainaud and Alexander is a thunderous juggernaut... a perfect foil to the guitar and vocals.
  • Major themes: Anger, aggression, war, violence, pain, suffering, evil, revenge, power, isolation, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Trail Of Tears"
  2. "Ground Zero"
  3. "You Cunt"
  4. "Pick Your Poison"
  5. "Terminal"
  6. "Demoneyes"
  7. "Devil Can Have You"
  8. "Time Of The Disease"
  9. "I Am War"
  10. "The Life I Remember"
  11. "Siren"
  12. "Growing Colder"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Website: http://www.ninkasibrewing.com/
  • Brew: Maiden The Shade Summer-Style IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBUs: 72
  • Gravity: 1065
  • Ingredients: 2-Row Pale, Flaked Barley, and Vienna, malt along with Amarillo, Centennial, Columbus, Crystal, Magnum, Palisade, Simcoe, and Summit hops     
  • Pour: Golden apple with a big, frothy, 1-finger white head that leaves lots of intricate, sticky, spider web lacing.
  • Nose:  The nose is grassy, piney, and very citrusy.  There are aromas of pink grapefruit, orange juice, tangerine zest, summer grass, light pine resin, and cracker and sweet caramel. 
  • Taste: The Maiden The Shade Summer-Style IPA has a big, upfront hop profile. Lots of citrus notes in this one (grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and lemon) along with lighter, well-balanced notes of crackery biscuit, barley, toffee and some sharp and bitter herbs and spices. 
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a somewhat dry and bitter finish.

Overall pairing: With the intense and brutal power, honesty, and aggression of  Once Human's brilliant "The Life I Remember", you need a brew that has that same punchy bite, but with refreshing drinkability!  Thus, the Maiden The Shade Summer-Style IPA!  The bright, citrusy bitterness of the Maiden is a great complimentary beverage to the genius of Once Human!

Cheers and HAILS!!

Oh, there may be an interview coming your way very soon here on Brews and Tunes with someone from this incredible band!!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 10th, 2017 - Balancing On The Top Rope



Good evening!  The Meista here today pairing a delicious Top Rope Rye Ale from Deseret Edge Brewery and the very underrated and very wonderful "Balance" by Ty Tabor!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Ty Tabor
  • Title: "Balance"
  • Recorded: 2008 at  Alien Beans Studios in Katy, Texas 
  • Release date: 2008 (6th studio solo album by Ty Tabor)
  • Record company: Molken Music
  • Production: Ty Tabor and Wally Farkas
  • Album cover art: Sketch Media Group
  • Personnel: Ty Tabor (vocals, guitars, bass, programming, keys, and drums) with Alan Doss (pedal steel on "Coma"), Wally Farkas (acoustic and electric guitar on "Thank God"), and Randy St. John (drums)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, progressive rock
  • Sound: Highlighting Tabor's exceptional guitar prowess as well as his great sense of melody and songwriting skills, the sound on "Balance" has a dark and brooding feel with powerful heaviness and melodic beauty!  
  • Major themes: Socio-political criticism of greed, advertising, and deception, as well as themes of honesty, pain, loss, hope, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Money Mouth"
  2. "Cause We Believed (Blame It)"
  3. "Don't Bring Me Down"
  4. "Good That Way"
  5. "Everything Changed"
  6. "Angry Monster"
  7. "Coma"
  8. "My Own Superstition"
  9. "Maybe Crazy"
  10. "Thank God"
  11. "I'm OK With You"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah) 
  • Website: http://desertedgebrewery.com/
  • Brew: Top Rope Rye Ale                 
  • Style: Rye Ale
  • Serving: Pint off the tap at the brewery
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • IBUs: 27
  • Ingredients: Pale, Vienna, Rye, Biscuit, and Chocolate Rye malts with Northern Brewer and Perle hops
  • Pour: The Top Rope Rye Ale pours a light copper-amber hue with a frothy 1+ finger white head with great sustain and lots of intricate and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is bready, spicy, and slightly hoppy.  There are aromas of spicy rye bread, bready dough, and light grass hops.
  • Taste: The taste of the Top Rope Rye Ale is characterized by low hops and bitterness, sweet malts, and spicy, but light rye flavor.  There are notes of  light grains, spicy rye, herbs, and semi-sweet caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Top Rope Rye Ale is very smooth with a slightly spicy and dry finish.

Overall pairing:
The fantastically subtle and very tasty Top Rope Rye Ale from Desert Edge Brewery brings just the right amount of rye spice, sweet malt, and light hop flavors and aromas to pair perfectly with Ty Tabor's brilliant album "Balance"!  A great beer and album to kick back and enjoy on a Saturday afternoon!

Cheers!  

June 10th, 2017 - Altars Of Madness




Hello evil-doers!  In anticipation and celebration of tonight's Morbid Angel concert here in Utah, I'm pairing their debut album, "Altars Of Madness" and a Dayslayer India Pale Lager from Stone Brewing Company in collaboration with Maine Beer Company!  Hell yeah!!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Morbid Angel
  • Title: "Altars Of Madness"
  • Recorded: December 1988 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida
  • Release date: May 12th, 1989 (1st album by Morbid Angel)
  • Record company: Combat / Earache
  • Production: Dig and Morbid Angel
  • Album cover art: Dan Seagrave  (Of the album cover, Seagrave stated: "This was something I'd been working on at home, which the band saw partially finished. It consequently became my first Death Metal cover. Prior to that I'd been making album covers for British thrash bands like Warfare, and Hydravein. Even though I was 18 when I did it, I still think its quite interesting. It's not supposed to be spherical as has been suggested. It's more like a flat disk made of a fossil material, that has captured souls.")
  • Personnel: Trey Azagthoth (lead and rhythm guitars), Richard Brunelle (lead and rhythm guitars), Pete Sandoval (drums), and David Vincent (bass and vocals)
  • Musical style: Death metal
  • Sound: Incredibly fast, aggressive, and intricate, with "Altars Of Madness" (along with Death's "Scream Bloody Gore") completely changed everything about heavy metal and music in general!  It is complex, technical, and brutally aggressive.  Interestingly enough, Azagthoth stated that he was listening to a lot of psychedelic music (particularly Pink Floyd) at the time and that it was very influential on his writing.   He abandoned the use of traditional scales, and stated: "I would just pick an area on the guitar and play it without really looking at it. I'd connect it in a different way."
  • Major themes: Insanity, the occult, Hell, evil, darkness, Satanism, the infernal, aggression, violence, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Immortal Rites"
  2. "Suffocation"
  3. "Visions From The Dark Side"
  4. "Maze Of Torment"
  5. "Lord Of All Fevers & Plagues"
  6. "Chapel Of Ghouls"
  7. "Bleed For The Devil"
  8. "Damnation"
  9. "Blasphemy"
  10. "Evil Spells"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California) and Maine Beer Company (Freeport, Maine)
  • Website: http://www.stonebrewing.com/
  • Brew: Dayslayer India Pale Lager                      
  • Style: India Pale Lager (IPL) / Imperial Pilsner
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle 
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Ingredients: Motueka and Amarillo hops and Pilsner malt
  • Pour: The Dayslayer India Pale Lager pours a clear golden amber with a frothy, bright white 1-finger head with good sustain and lots of layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, citrusy, tropical, grassy, and bready.  There are aromas of summer grass, cracked wheat, grapefruit rind, mango, light pine resin, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Dayslayer India Pale Lager is bold, yet very drinkable.  As the bottle states: "you deserve a Lager fit for the lords of metal, not some bubble gum pop-inspired, watered-down, mass-produced version."  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, grassy hops, wild flowers, doughy bread, crackery biscuit, light caramel, and even "hints of pink peppercorns on the mid-palate".
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Dayslayer is crisp and clean with a sharply bitter, peppery, yet clean and dry finish.

Overall pairing:
The punchy, bitter, and hoppy flavors and aromas of the Stone/Maine Dayslayer India Pale Lager is perfect for the head-banging insanity that is Morbid Angel's "Altars Of Madness"!  Those crisp flavors enhance the precision and technical mastery of Azagthoth's and Brunelle's fiery guitars while the breadier notes are perfect for the powerful rhythm section of Sandoval and Vincent!

HAILS!!  Raise those glasses and horns to Morbid Angel!!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

June 8th, 2017 - The Metamorphosis Of The Changeling



Good evening!  The Meista here tonight pairing "Metamorphosis", a compilation album by The Rolling Stones and a Changeling Dark Sour Ale from Boulevard Brewing Company!


Album Info:
  • Artist: The Rolling Stone
  • Title: "Metamorphosis"
  • Recorded: February 1964 through July 1970
  • Release date: June 6th, 1975 (3rd compilation album released by The Rolling Stones)
  • Record company: ABKCO Records
  • Production: Andrew Loog Oldham and Jimmy Miller
  • Album cover art: Richard E. Roth and Allan Steckler 
  • Personnel: Mick Jagger (vocals), Brian Jones (guitars), Keith Richards (guitars), Mick Taylor (guitars), Charlie Watts (drums), and Bill Wyman (bass)
  • Additional musicians: Clem Cattini (drums), Ry Cooder (guitar), Rocky Dijon (percussion), Nicky Hopkins (piano), John Paul Jones (bass), Bobby Keys (saxophone), Jimmy Miller (percussion), Jimmy Page (guitar), Ian Stewart (piano)
  • Musical style: Rock, pop, R&B, blues rock
  • Sound: Blending earlier pop and blues tracks with darker, edgier later tracks (all of which are more rare), the sound on "Metamorphosis" is an interesting musical journey of the band's (until then) unpublished alternative tracks and outtakes.  But this is the Stones... so everything has that great sound that only they can produce!
  • Major themes: Love, loss, heartbreak, the blues, relationships, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Out Of Time"
  2. "Don't Lie To Me"
  3. "Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind"
  4. "Each And Everyday Of The Year"
  5. "Heart Of Stone"
  6. "I'd Much Rather Be With The Boys"
  7. "(Walkin' Thru The) Sleepy City"
  8. "We're Wastin' Time"
  9. "Try A Little Harder"
  10. "I Don't Know Why"
  11. "If You Let Me"
  12. "Jiving Sister Fanny"
  13. "Downtown Suzie"
  14. "Family"
  15. "Memo From Turner"
  16. "I'm Going Down"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company (Kansas City, Missouri)
  • Website: https://www.boulevard.com/
  • Brew: Changeling Dark Sour Ale                                 
  • Style: American Wild Ale
  • Serving: 25 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.3%
  • IBUs: 20
  • Pour: The Changeling Dark Sour Ale pours a deep burgundy with a very frothy, 2+ finger, light mocha head with good retention and lots of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, funky, earthy, and sweet.  There are aromas of dark fruit juices (plum, black cherries, figs), lemon, leather, barnyard funk, toasted malts, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Changeling is a very well balanced blend of tart, funky, fruity, toasty, sweet, and earthy/oaky flavors.  There are notes of plum, black cherry, lemon juice, light red wine, rich toffee, oak, toasted malt, and hints of whiskey.  Man oh man, I love this beer!!
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with mellow carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Changeling Dark Sour Ale is tart, yet very smooth and drinkable with a dry, lips puckering tart finish.

Overall pairing:
The wonderfully complex, funky, and very drinkable flavors of Boulevard's amazing Changeling Dark Sour Ale are perfect for the richly textured sounds of the early Stones and into their heavier and funkier late '60s sound as compiled on "Metamorphosis"!

Cheers!!