Friday, September 19, 2014

September 19th, 2014 - Pale On Pale Bitter Ἀποκάλυψις

Good afternoon!  The Meista here pairing "Ἀποκάλυψις" (more commonly referred to as "Apokalypsis") by Chelsea Wolfe and an Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Company (Bend, Oregon)!

"Apokalypsis" is the sophomore studio album by drone-metal-art-folk musician Chelsea Wolfe. It was released on August 23rd, 2011 through Pendu Sound.  Characterized by droning guitars, distorted vocals, and experimental soundscapes, Chelsea Wolfe's music combines the intellectualism of neo-folk, the sludgy and methodic darkness of stoner rock/doom metal, and the pop sensibility of indie rock.  Wolfe has described her music as being rather eclectic including Scandinavian black metal, '60s folk, and '90s grunge.  "I do have a hard time sticking to one genre, and honestly I prefer it that way. I'd rather be free to experiment and make the kind of art I want to make than be easy to define." On "Apokalypsis", Wolfe provides lead vocals, guitar work, and production.  She is joined by Ben Chisholm (synthesizer, backing vocals, production), Kevin Dockter (lead guitar), Addison Quarles (bass guitar),and Drew Walker (drums).  Reflected in the album cover, the sound on "Apokalypsis" is haunting, mysterious, and otherworldly.  With her droning sound and dark lyrics, "Apokalypsis" is a great album for when you are in more of a melancholy and bitter mood.  And speaking of bitter...

The Apocalypse IPA from 10 Barrel Brewing Company is a traditional Northwest American-Style IPA.  It pours a deep, copper-orange with a white frothy head that leaves sustained and intricate lacing.  Brewed with four hop varieties and Victory malts, both the nose and flavor are characterized by notes of pine resin, citrus, fruit ester, and sweet, toasted caramel malts.  There are notes of lemon, pink grapefruit, juicy orange/tangerine, watermelon, juniper, and blue spruce.  Medium-bodied, the Apocalypse IPA provides a firmly bitter and crisp mouthfeel and a dry finish.


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