Friday, April 14, 2017

April 14th, 2017 - Absolution Of The S.O.B.

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight getting heavy with one more pairing... "Absolution", the debut album by doom metal band Khemmis and a Son Of A Baptist Coffee Stout with Cacao Nibs from Epic Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Khemmis
  • Title: "Absolution"
  • Recorded: 2015 at Flatline Audio in Westminster, Colorado
  • Release date: July 7th, 2015 (1st full-length studio album by Khemmis)
  • Record company: 20 Buck Spin
  • Production: Dave Otero
  • Album cover art: Sam Turner
  • Personnel: Ben Hutcherson (vocals and guitars), Daniel Beiers (bass), Phil Pendergast (vocals and guitars), and Zach Coleman (drums)
  • Additional musicians: Ethan McCarthy (additional vocals on "Ash, Cinder, Smoke")
  • Musical style: Doom metal, sludge metal. stoner metal
  • Sound: With powerful and crushing heaviness in the tradition of Black Sabbath, Sleep, and Pallbearer, the sound on "Absolution" is profoundly muddy, sludgy, and melodic!  Layered over an intensely thunderous rhythm section, the dual guitar work demands your attention as do the dual vocals.  This is the shit my friends!!
  • Major themes: Death, loss, isolation, legend, darkness, evil, etc. 
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Torn Asunder"
  2. "Ash, Cinder, Smoke"
  3. "Serpentine"
  4. "Antediluvian"
  5. "Burden Of Sin"
  6. "The Bereaved"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
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  • Brew: Son Of A Baptist Coffee Stout with Cacao Nibs
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • Pour: The Son Of A Baptist pours a deep dark chocolate brown (almost black) with a thin mocha head that leaves a nice ring and traces of lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is very chocolatey, earthy, smoky and rich.  There are aromas of dark roasted coffee beans, espresso, cacao powder, black licorice, molasses, smoked oak, and tobacco.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose with lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, dark roasted malts, molasses, toffee, and a little anise and liquid smoke. 
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and a little astringent with a dry, chocolatey finish.
Overall pairing: The big, bold, intense coffee and chocolate flavors from Epic's Son Of A Baptist seem to have been specifically brewed for the rich heaviness that is "Absolution" by Khemmis! 

Cheers!!  And hails!!

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