Sunday, September 15, 2013

September 15th, 2013 - Poetry For The Lambic

Good afternoon!  In anticipation and pre-show celebration of tonight's Kamelot concert that I, the Meista will be attending, I'm pairing their 2010 album "Poetry For The Poisoned" with a Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij Lindemans out of Belgium!  And this pairing definitely goes out to my fellow Kamelot fan and buddy Jeff, with who I will be attending the show!  Cheers and hails Jeff!!

"Poetry For The Poisoned" is the 9th studio album by melodic/symphonic/progressive metal band Kamelot, and sadly, the last to feature Roy Khan on vocals... but happily the first with the mighty return of original bad-ass bass guitarist Sean Tibbetts.  Tibbetts left the band in 1992 prior to any commercial Kamelot release, yet returned in 2009 after 17 years.  The album was released this very week, 3 years ago.  Darker in content, both lyrically and musically, "Poetry For The Poisoned" is a wonderful and complex symphonic metal masterpiece!  Thematically, the albums examines life, death, a killer's mind, loss, tragedy, and hope.  Songs like "The Great Pandemonium," "If Tomorrow Came," "The Zodiac," "House On A Hill," "Necropolis," and the epic 4-part "Poetry For The Poisoned" are musically heavy and lyrically intense explorations of the human psyche.  Thomas Youngblood's guitar work is soaring, ethereal, and beautifully intense... perfectly matched to the massive vocal range of Khan!  Casey Grillo's insanely fast drumming defines the rhythmic intensity of the band along with Tibbetts' bass work!  And Oliver Palotai's is a symphony in itself... richly textured and complex!    The band is joined by the wonderful talents of Simone Simons (Epica) - vocals on "House on a Hill" and "Poetry for the Poisoned, Pt. II-III", Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Oliva's Pain, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) - vocals on "The Zodiac", Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne) - guitar solo on "Hunter's Season", and long time contributors Miro - Additional keys and orchestration and Sascha Paeth - additional guitars.  Damn, I love this album!!

Lower in alcohol content, hops, and malts, lambics are traditionally very fruity and light ales.  They were initially brewed for farm hands and field workers to help beat the summer heat.  In a frosted schooner, the Lindemans Kriek (cherry) Lambic pours a cloudy, deep wine red with a big, frothy, pink head that leaves layered lacing.  The nose is an explosion of cherry pie and cherry syrup aromas with hints of tart lemon.  Along the same lines, the flavor is a fusion of sweet and tart... a blast of cherry on the tongue from start to finish with a tart kiss at the end.  The Lindemans Kriek is brewed with local Belgian barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast (giving it that funky tartness).  After natural and spontaneous fermentation, whole cherries are added to the mash, creating a secondary fermentation.  The mouthfeel is very frothy and sharp with a dry, crisp finish.  The Lindemans Kriek Lambic probably isn't something I would drink a lot of, but it definitely is a refreshingly tasty brew that goes down easy, but with interesting and compelling flavors... great for the rockin' tunes of Kamelot!

You can expect a pairing from tonight's show as well... with pictures!! 


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