Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines "duality" as the following: "1: a theory that considers reality to consist of two irreducible elements or modes 2: the quality or state of being dual or of having a dual nature 3a: a doctrine that the universe is under the dominion of two opposing principles one of which is good and the other evil." In the Meista's world (at least today) duality can be defined by the infusion of taste (ale gustatory) and sound (metal anthrophony) and specifically utilizing Demonica's very brutal album, "Demonstrous" and German beer, Spaten Premium Lager. Oh, and this pairing is dedicated to an amazing musician and a man I am proud to call "friend," Jeremy "Jerm" Evans (who also introduced me to this band)! I decided to pair these two beauties together for the simple fact of the juxtaposed duality created here: "blistering thrash metal" with a touch of blackness meets a very light, very refreshing lager. Simply put: darkness and light. And what's more, Demonica is made up of members of thrash metal legends Forbidden (Craig Locicero: Guitars and Marc Grabowski: Bass) and THE Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate fame!! "Euro Class meets the Bay Area Thrash!" How's that for duality?? Demonica also includes Mark Hernandez: Drums and Klaus Hyr: Vocals.
The album opens with the very fast, very powerful, and dark song, "Demon Class" that sets the stage for the intensity of the entire album. The Spaten Premium Lager opens with a bottle opener. ;) It pours a very light, wheat colored, transparent gold with a thin head. The second song, "Ghost Hunt" opens with amazingly haunting guitar work. It is fast, full of adrenaline, and well balanced. And speaking of well-balanced, Spaten is a well-balanced lager, highlighting both hops and a malty sweetness. As I mentioned earlier, this album is brutal! Songs like "My Tongue," "Alien Six," "Below Zero," and "Fast and Furious" (the name speaks for itself!) are powerhouses of intense thrash mastery! Whereas the Spaten Premium Lager is a mellow, easy-going, and very drinkable brew. The very cool and a little trippy instrumental track, "Astronomica" finishes off "Demonstrous". Like the Spaten Premium Lager, "Astronomica" goes down smooth and is a great clean finish to the whole. The band is very tight and all are great musicians and song writers, but Shermann's amazing guitar work is really the highlight for me! (On a side note: Spaten was the very first brewery in Munich, Germany to produce this style of light Helles lager dating back to the late 1800s.)
Check out Demonica at http://www.demonica.net/ or http://www.facebook.com/#!/demonicaofficial!!