Friday, February 21, 2014

February 21st, 2014 - The Celebrator of Ten Black Years!

Hey there thrashers and boozers!!  The Meista here with a heavy duty pairing for ya... German thrash metal pioneers, Sodom and their album "Ten Black Years: Best Of Sodom" with a Celebrator Doppelbock Bavarian Double Bock Beer from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying!

Released in 1996,  "Ten Black Years: Best Of Sodom" is a 2-disc, compilation album collecting some of the band's greatest tracks up to 1995's "Masquerade In Blood" album.  True thrashers like "Tired And Red", "Agent Orange", "Sodomy And Lust", "Nuclear Winter", "Bombenhagel", "Abuse", "Gomorrah", "Jabba The Hut", "Shellfire Defense", "Verrecke!", "Sodomized", and "Mantelmann" will whip you into metal submission until your ears bleed!!  The album also includes several great covers: "Shellshock" by Tank, "Angel Dust" and "1000 Days Of Sodom" by Venom, "Iron Fist" by Motörhead, and "Aber bitte mit Sahne" by German pop singer Udo Jürgens!  Along with Destruction and Kreator, Sodom (from Gelsenkirchen, Germany and formed in 1981) makes up the unholy trifecta of German thrash metal (sometimes referred to as Teutonic thrash metal).  Sodom's aggressive, fast-paced musical style would greatly influence many late-1980s and early-1990s (and today's) thrash metal, death metal, and black metal bands, European and American alike.  Although Sodom's lyrical themes focused more on Satanism and the occult in their early years,  political, societal, and war (or rather the opposition of war) became their pervading themes in later years.  Frontman and founding member, vocalist/bassist Tom Angelripper once was quoted as saying, "Why are we writing about war? Because we don’t want war. We wanna describe how bad the war is."  This is evident in lyrics like "No trade with death, No trade with arms, Dispense the war, Learn from the past" from the song "Ausgebombt" (from "Agent Orange", 1989). 

The Celebrator Doppelbock Bavarian Double Bock Beer from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying is a wonderfully rich and tantalizing double bock in the Germanic tradition.  It pours a deep and beautiful dark ruby with a thin, but sustained tan head with slowly diminishing, yet robust lacing.  The nose is sweet and malty... notes of fig, dates, raisin, and cinnamon bread abound.  Dare I say there is something succulent and sexy about the aroma?  Hell yes I do!!  The flavor is deeply profound, sweet, and warming.  There are abundant notes of molasses, rum-soaked raisins, malty sweet bread, and prune along with some slight booziness.  Coming in at 6.7% ABV, there's a nice bite too, yet it finishes fairly clean with only a slight oaky aftertaste... a great ale to throw back with the wonderful aggression and intensity of Sodom!!

Danke schön Sodom, Danke schön Ayinger!!

Hails and Prost!!!

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