Sunday, October 27, 2013

October 27th, 2013 - The Altered States of Don De Dieu

Good evening!  The Meista here with a pairing of "Altered State" by British progressive metal band Tesseract (often artistically stylized as TesseracT) and a Don De Dieu Triple Wheat Ale from Unibroue out of Chambly, Quebec!

Here's my take on the Don De Dieu:
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 10.5
Color: opaque, pale, cloudy golden apple
Head: very thin; dissipates quickly
Nose: caramel malt, funky yeast, pineapple syrup, tangerine, mango, clove honey, a hint of vanilla and spices
Mouthfeel: high carbonation, sharp, crisp, somewhat sticky and fuzzy
Flavor: complex, fruity, malty, slightly nutty, and yeasty; notes of pineapple, ginger, clove, slight booziness
Finish: Nice and clean with just a hint of spicy ginger.

And here's my take on TesseracT's "Altered State":
Release: 2nd studio album released May 12th, 2013
Critical reception: New Noise Magazine gave the album a 5 out of 5 star rating, stating: ""Altered State" is not only a masterpiece of progressive metal, this is truly one of the greatest albums ever made, period."  Online magazine, The Monolith called "Altered State": "probably one of the most complete examples of the genre to date."
Personnel: Ashe O'Hara – vocals; Acle Kahney – guitars; James Monteith – guitars; Amos Williams – bass guitars; Jay Postones – drums/percussion
Sound: Incredibly complex, thought provoking, and emotional.  Characterized by polyrhythmic riffs, layered sound, and odd tempos and time signatures with clean, accessible, yet brilliant vocals by O'Hara. 
Lyrics: A bit dark, yet heartfelt, intense, and honest.
Overall: A fantastically brilliant musical journey that definitely matches and feeds off the complexities of the Don De Dieu!  Go buy both!!


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