Hello again my metal brethren! One more pairing for you today... and we are going to pair both beer and music from our German friends: Accept's "Metal Heart" and an Ayinger Bräu Weisse, Authentic Bavarian Hefe Weizen from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying!
"Metal Heart" is Accept's 6th studio album; it was released in 1985. Guitarist Wolf Hoffmann once explained the concept behind the album: "We had read an article that someone was working on an artificial heart and that one day everybody is going to have a computerized heart. It talked, in general terms, about how more and more of humanity gets sucked out of the daily life and more and more replaced by machine. It's not a new thing now, but then it was new. Humans versus machine, was the general vibe of the record." With more accessible songwriting and an emphasis on hooks and melodies, "Metal Heart" is a collection of richly textured rocking and roll power and aggression. It contains several of their classic songs such as title track "Metal Heart," "Midnight Mover," and the fast-paced "Living for Tonite," along with the kick-ass and jazzy "Teach Us To Survive." There is no "filler" on this album either... each track is a metal gem! The guitar work of Hoffmann alone is worth the album's weight in gold! And how can you not love Udo?! Just listen to "Wrong Is Right" and you will know exactly what I mean! This is German metal at its best!! At the time of the recording, Accept was:
The Ayinger Bräu Weisse is a genuine Bavarian Hefe Weizen brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516. It is both fruity and spicy with a sharp kick. It pours pale and very cloudy (unfiltered) straw yellow with a remarkably thin 1-finger head. It smells of strong German yeast, banana, spicy cloves, and citrusy lemon. Highly carbonated, the Ayinger Bräu Weisse has a sharpness (like Udo's vocals) that is tempered by a smooth finish (the ethereal guitar work of Hoffmann). The flavor is very similar to a pale Belgian; not what most Americans would expect of a Hefe. There are big banana flavors and doughy breadiness. It is like a glass of liquid banana bread! There are also some really nice coriander, clove, nutmeg, and orange peel notes with a very clean and spicy finish.