It's Sunday and you know what that means my friends. It is time for church... METAL CHURCH that is... and with a Lagunitas PILS Czech Style Pilsner!!
In 1984 an amazing thing happened... the self-titled debut album of heavy metal band Metal Church was released. With classic metal monsters like "Beyond The Black," "Metal Church," "Merciless Onslaught," "Gods Of Wrath," and a cover of Deep Purple's "Highway Star," Metal Church helped define the North Coast and Northern California thrash metal sound. Influenced by and combining the sounds of New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) and American 1970s hard rock, Metal Church was an amazingly talented and underrated beast of a band! Kurdt Vanderhoof's and Craig Wells' guitar work is brilliant... fast, clean, and totally engaging! The powerful rhythm section of Kirk Arrington (drums) and Duke Erickson (bass) provide a thunderous and galloping backdrop. (Just listen to that groove on the song "Metal Church"!!) And the high-pitched screaming vocals of the late David Wayne are perfectly balanced with the soaring guitar work of Vanderhoof and Wells.
Lagunitas PILS Czech Style Pilsner pours a clear golden amber with bright white, frothy head. Like Metal Church, this beer is quite easily a classic. Nothing too complicated, just flavorful, crisp, and refreshing. The nose is clean and malty with some faint citrus notes and some vague smokiness. The flavor is smooth and light with some slight pine hoppiness and an almost apple nuance (but that apple may be a result of the Belgian Dark I had right before this!). There are some nice peppery notes on the back of the tongue as well. A good, solid lager, the Lagunitas PILS is a great beer for throwing back with the high-octane power of thrash metal and specifically the power of Metal Church!!
Hails thrashers!! Amen!!