Saturday, February 1, 2014

February 1st, 2014 - The Wyld Shall Arise!

Good evening rivet-heads and craft ale-guzzlers!!  The Meista here with another heavy-as-hell pairing for you... a couple favorites of mine... Sepultura's "Arise" (1997 Remaster Edition) and a Wyld Extra Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company!  Hell yes!!

"Arise" is the 4th full-length studio album by one of my all-time favorite metal bands, Brazilian thrashers Sepultura (quite possibly their best and most definitely their defining album!) and was released in 1991 through Roadrunner Records.  Although very much still in the thrash/death metal vein, "Arise" was Sepultura's first album to also incorporate industrial music, hardcore punk, and Latin and tribal percussion.  Frontman Max Cavalera's aggressive vocals coupled with his driving rhythm guitar is brilliant!  I really think he is one of the most underappreciated talents in the metal world.  Andreas Kisser's lead guitar work !  Igor Cavalera's drumming/percussion is true rhythmic perfection!!  Thunderous, heavy, and inhumanly fast!  And Paulo Jr.'s bass work is !   Songs like the title track, "Dead Embryonic Cells", "Desperate Cry", "Murder", "Subtraction", "Meaningless Movements", and "Infected Voice" are profoundly aggressive, intelligent, and in-your-face tracks of pure metal genius!  And their rendition of Motörhead's "Orgasmatron" is absolutely brilliant!  A great metal album like "Arise" deserves a great tasting craft brew...

Wylde Extra Pale Ale from Uinta Brewing Company is hop forward, yet smooth American Pale (almost an IPA).  It pours a hazy golden orange with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly leaving only trace lacing.  The nose is citrusy, grassy, piney, and sweet.  There are notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, summer grass, soft caramel, and cedar.  The flavor follows the aromas; grassy and spicy hops abound.   These grassy and hoppy flavors mingle with sweet caramel and biscuit.  Incredibly crisp and refreshing, the mouthfeel is initially sharp, but smooths to an almost creamy finish.  It is rather dry and finishes clean.  With the sharp notes and wonderful drinkability of the Wylde Extra Pale Ale, it makes for a great pairing with the metal onslaught of Sepultura's "Arise"!!

Saúde and hails!!

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