Sunday morning... time for church... the METAL CHURCH that is!! Hey there rockers and hop-heads.. the Meista here today pairing the very underrated "Blessing In Disguise" by Metal Church and a tasty Celestial Meridian Cascadian Dark Lager (CDL) from Base Camp Brewing Company! Hallelujah!
- Artist: Metal Church
- Title: "Blessing In Disguise"
- Recorded: August 29th through October 4th, 1988 at Kajem Victory Recording, Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
- Release date: February 7th, 1989
- Record company: Elektra Records
- Personnel: Kirk Arrington (drums), Duke Erickson (bass guitar), Mike Howe (vocals), John Marshall (guitars), and Craig Wells (guitars)
- Musical style: Thrash/power metal
- Sound: Aggressive, in-your-face, buzz-saw thrash goodness! Combining the speed and precision of the NWOBHM sound with American hard rock assertiveness, "Blessing In Disguise" is the epitome of the early '80s thrash sound... tight and furiously fast musicianship foiled by screeching and angry vocals!
- Major themes: Social and religious criticism, war, insanity, etc.
- "Fake Healer"
- "Rest In Pieces (April 15, 1912)"
- "Of Unsound Mind"
- "Anthem To The Estranged"
- "The Spell Can't Be Broken"
- "It's A Secret"
- "Cannot Tell A Lie"
- "The Powers That Be"
- Brewery: Base Camp Brewing Company (Portland, Oregon)
- Website: http://basecampbrewingco.com/
- Brew: Celestial Meridian CDL
- Style: Euro Dark Lager
- Serving: 12 ounce can
- ABV: 5.1%
- IBUs: 45
- Gravity: 17.2 degrees Plato
- Pour: The Celestial Meridian CDL pours an opaque milk chocolate sienna with a huge yellowish tan, 2+ finger head with great retention and intricate, sustained lacing.
- Nose: The nose is characterized by citrus, tropical fruit, and pine aromas along with sweeter and maltier notes.
- Taste: The Meridian hops give this beer big citrus, tropical fruit, and pine flavors while the dark roasted malts provide a light and toasted sweetness, which is a nice balance to the bitter hops.
- Mouthfeel: Very crisp, hoppy, and somewhat biting with a surprisingly clean finish for a darker brew.
Cheers... and amen my metal brothas and sistas!!