Sunday, December 14, 2014

December 14th, 2014 - A Matter Of Life And Salvation Dark Ale

Good evening!  One more for you today from the Meista... Iron Maiden's "A Matter Of Life And Death" and a Salvation Dark Ale from Russian River Brewing Company!!  HELL YEAH!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Iron Maiden
  • Title: "A Matter Of Life And Death"
  • Recording dates: March 1st through May 4th, 2006 at Sarm West Studios, London
  • Release date: August 28th, 2006 (14th studio album by the band)
  • Record company: EMI/Sanctuary
  • Personnel: Bruce Dickinson - vocals, Janick Gers - guitars, Steve Harris - bass and keyboards, Nicko McBrain - drums, Dave Murray - guitars, and Adrian Smith - guitars and guitar synthesizer on "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns"
  • Major themes/lyrical content: War, destruction, religion, and power
  • Musical style: Progressive and heavy fuckin' metal!!  Aggressive riffs, intricate and harmonies melodies, soaring and passionate vocals, powerful solos
  • Sound: According to Steve Harris, the album "is heavier than we've ever been, but also very progressive. And I don't mean that in the modern sense, but like Dream Theater, more in a 70s way."
  • Tracks:
  1. "Different World"
  2. "These Colours Don't Run"
  3. "Brighter Than A Thousand Suns"
  4. "The Pilgrim"
  5. "The Longest Day"
  6. "Out Of The Shadows"
  7. "The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg"
  8. "For The Greater Good Of God"
  9. "Lord Of Light"
  10. "The Legacy"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Russian River Brewing Company
  • Website:
  • Brew: Salvation Dark Ale
  • Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • Pour: Deep mahogany/dark toffee in color with a big, frothy off-white head.
  • Nose: Sweet and malty.  Aromas of cocoa, spices, dark fruit, roasted malt, burnt sugar.
  • Taste: Very roasty and sweet.  Notes of Belgian yeast, chocolate, fig, raisin, dates, sweet toffee, red apples, cherries, and molasses.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with bubbly carbonation.  Smooth and creamy, but with a sharp bite.
  • Finish: Lingering dry finish with notes of chocolate and raisin.
Overall pairing: Wonderfully complex, dark, and heavy brew for a wonderfully complex, dark, and heavy album by the mighty Iron Maiden!!

Cheers!!  UP THE IRONS!!

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