Sunday, November 8, 2015

November 8th, 2015 - Raise Your Lux To Doro!

Hallo... Guten Tag!  The Meista here pairing Doro's "Raise Your Fist" and a Lux German-style Helles Lager from Ninkasi Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Doro
  • Title: "Raise Your Fist"
  • Recorded: 2012 at Eardrum Studios, Hamburg, Studio 102, Bochum, Mastersound Studios, Steinheim, Germany, and  Intermedia Post, New Jersey
    Release date: November 6th, 2012 (12th studio album by Doro)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Andreas Bruhn, Doro Pesch, and Torsten Sickert
  • Album cover art: ?
  • Personnel: Doro Pesch (vocals) with Johnny Dee (drums), Nick Douglas (bass), Bas Maas (guitars), and Luca Princiotta (guitars and keyboards)
  • Additional musicians: Thorsten Bauer (lead and rhythm guitars, bass, backing vocals, and engineer on track 6), Felix Bron (drums), Uwe Fichtner (backing vocals), Gus G (guitar solo on track 6), Mike Goldberg (drums and engineer on tracks 12 and 13), Alexander Krull (backing vocals, engineer, mixing, and mastering on track 6), Lemmy (vocals on track 4), Lucie Roubickova (backing vocals on tracks 3 and 6), Filip Sembera (guitar on track 3), Torsten Sickert (guitars, bass and drums on track 3, producer and engineer on track 3, and keyboards), Kendal Stubbs (programming on track 12), Klaus Vanscheidt (guitars and backing vocals on track 3), and Harrison Young (keyboards)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock, power metal
  • Sound: This is typical Doro... and that definitely is not a bad thing!  Although her music is somewhat formulaic, Doro always delivers hard-hitting heavy rock!  And that voice, oh that voice... worth every penny of "Raise Your Fist"!
  • Major themes: Rock and roll, heavy metal, vengeance, fighting for ones rights, living life to its full extent, heroism, etc.  The song "Hero" is dedicated to the late, GREAT Ronnie James Dio as a tribute to his music, philanthropy, and courageous battle with cancer.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Raise Your Fist in the Air"
  2. "Cold Hearted Lover"
  3. "Rock Till Death"
  4. "It Still Hurts"
  5. "Take No Prisoner"
  6. "Grab The Bull (Last Man Standing)"
  7. "Engel"
  8. "Freiheit (Human Rights)"  
  9. "Little Headbanger (Nackenbrecher)"
  10. "Revenge"
  11. "Free My Heart"
  12. "Victory"
  13. "Hero"
Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Lux German-style Helles Lager
  • Style: Munich Helles Lager
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 5.3%
  • IBUs: 20
  • Ingredients: Bohemian Pilsner, Pilsen, Carapils, and Acidulated malts; GR Hallertau Herkules, German Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, U.S. Hallertau hops
  • Pour: The Lux pours a pale golden color with a bubbly, 1-finger, bright white head that dissipates quickly leaving only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Lux is bready, crackery, grassy, and herbal with hints of citrus.  There are aromas of cracked wheat, cereal grains, biscuit, lemon zest, and herbal, floral, and grassy hops.
  • Taste: The taste of the Lux is similar to the nose: lots of light and toasty grain notes with grassy and herbal hops and a hint of sweetness.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, summer grass, light tea, lemon, soft caramel, and a hint of noble hops in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the Lux's mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing with a clean, grassy finish.
Overall pairing: For the fast-paced, hard-hitting, good-time rockin' metal of Doro's "Raise Your Fist" you need any easy-drinkin', yet flavorful craft German-style brew... thus the very tasty Lux German-style Helles Lager from the folks at Ninkasi Brewing Company!  Those crisp, crackery notes of the Lux are great for the soaring guitar work on the album, while the hoppier notes go great with Doro's fantastic vocal range and hot German accent!

Prost and hails!!

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