Friday, September 2, 2016

September 2nd, 2016 - A Double Dose of Delirium

Hello and happy Friday!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing "Delirium", the latest from Italian goth metal band Lacuna Coil and a Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Lacuna Coil
  • Title: "Delirium"
  • Recorded: December 2015 through February 2016 at BRX Studio in Milano, Italy
    Release date: May 27th, 2016 (8th studio album by Lacuna Coil) (1969-04-16)
  • Record company: Century Media
  • Production: Marco Coti Zelati
  • Album cover art: Marco Coti Zelati (artwork) and Alessandro 'T1' Olgiati (photography)
  • Personnel: Andrea Ferro (vocals), Ryan Blake Folden (drums and percussion), Cristina Scabbia (vocals), and (Marco Coti Zelati (bass, guitars, keyboards, and synth)
  • Additional musicians: Marco Barusso (guitar solo on "The House of Shame"), Diego Cavallotti (additional guitars), Myles Kennedy (guitar solo on "Downfall"), Alessandro La Porta (guitar solo on "Claustrophobia"), and Mark Vollelunga (guitar solo and additional guitars on "Blood, Tears, Dust")
  • Musical style: Gothic metal, progressive metal, alternative metal with touches of metalcore
  • Sound: Dark and foreboding, the sound on "Delirium" is a mesmerizing musical journey, highlighting the powerful, didactic, and intensely emotional vocal performances of Scabbia and Ferro blended with powerful guitars, drums, and bass.
  • Major themes: A concept album in terms of theme rather than story, the album views insanity occurring inside an asylum.  A band member described the album as an examination of the "horrors that we must face in everyday life by exploring the unknown, and to one day, hopefully find the cure".  Vocalist Ferro stated, "Basically, once we found the word, we thought about connecting the concept of the record, the concept of the mental illness with the smaller topic of everyday craziness — the craziness you experience personally every day in real life. Some of us went through some depression, some other people had some family problem that forced them to experience a different moment in their life. And so we played with the symptoms and we did a bit of research about the characteristics of each mental illness and then drag it into this concept, which is we imagined a sanatorium, a Lacuna Coil sanatorium, like the record, basically, and every song is like a room of the sanatorium where a patient is facing a different kind of illness."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The House of Shame"
  2. "Broken Things"
  3. "Delirium"
  4. "Blood, Tears, Dust"
  5. "Downfall"
  6. "Take Me Home"
  7. "You Love Me ‘Cause I Hate You"
  8. "Ghost In The Mist"
  9. "My Demons"
  10. "Claustrophobia"
  11. "Ultima Ratio"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Brouwerij Huyghe (Melle, Belgium)
  • Website:  
  • Brew: Delirium Tremens
  • Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale 
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • Pour: Delirium Tremens pours a hazy and bubbly golden-amber with a huge, rocky, and sustained head that leaves chunky lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is full of sweet fruit ester with a slight metallic note.  There are aromas of soft banana, pineapple juice, lemon, and pear, along with Belgian yeast and honey.
  • Taste: The flavor is insanely complex... sweet, tart, and delicious.  There are notes of white grape and champagne up front, pear, banana, and pink bubble gum in the middle, and peppery spice in the back.  Coming in at 8.5% ABV, this is definitely a Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but the booziness is well-masked by the fruit ester sweet and tartness of the beer. 
  • Mouthfeel: Very crisp, very frothy, the mouthfeel is both creamy and bubbly.  The finish is fairly clean, but with some lovely spiciness that lingers. 

Overall pairing: Apart from the obvious with the title of the album, Delirium Tremens from Brouwerij Huyghe makes for a great bedfellow with Lacuna Coil's most recent album as it is a wonderfully complex, yet light ale.  A favorite Belgian of mine, I think it works wonderfully well with the brilliance that is Lacuna Coil!  The sweeter, fruiter, spicier notes work really well with Scabbia's beautiful voice, while the tarter, more bitter notes are great for Ferro's intensity and aggression!

Salute!!  Op uw gezondheid!!  Hails!!

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