Saturday, June 10, 2017

June 10th, 2017 - Altars Of Madness

Hello evil-doers!  In anticipation and celebration of tonight's Morbid Angel concert here in Utah, I'm pairing their debut album, "Altars Of Madness" and a Dayslayer India Pale Lager from Stone Brewing Company in collaboration with Maine Beer Company!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Morbid Angel
  • Title: "Altars Of Madness"
  • Recorded: December 1988 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida
  • Release date: May 12th, 1989 (1st album by Morbid Angel)
  • Record company: Combat / Earache
  • Production: Dig and Morbid Angel
  • Album cover art: Dan Seagrave  (Of the album cover, Seagrave stated: "This was something I'd been working on at home, which the band saw partially finished. It consequently became my first Death Metal cover. Prior to that I'd been making album covers for British thrash bands like Warfare, and Hydravein. Even though I was 18 when I did it, I still think its quite interesting. It's not supposed to be spherical as has been suggested. It's more like a flat disk made of a fossil material, that has captured souls.")
  • Personnel: Trey Azagthoth (lead and rhythm guitars), Richard Brunelle (lead and rhythm guitars), Pete Sandoval (drums), and David Vincent (bass and vocals)
  • Musical style: Death metal
  • Sound: Incredibly fast, aggressive, and intricate, with "Altars Of Madness" (along with Death's "Scream Bloody Gore") completely changed everything about heavy metal and music in general!  It is complex, technical, and brutally aggressive.  Interestingly enough, Azagthoth stated that he was listening to a lot of psychedelic music (particularly Pink Floyd) at the time and that it was very influential on his writing.   He abandoned the use of traditional scales, and stated: "I would just pick an area on the guitar and play it without really looking at it. I'd connect it in a different way."
  • Major themes: Insanity, the occult, Hell, evil, darkness, Satanism, the infernal, aggression, violence, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Immortal Rites"
  2. "Suffocation"
  3. "Visions From The Dark Side"
  4. "Maze Of Torment"
  5. "Lord Of All Fevers & Plagues"
  6. "Chapel Of Ghouls"
  7. "Bleed For The Devil"
  8. "Damnation"
  9. "Blasphemy"
  10. "Evil Spells"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Stone Brewing Company (Escondido, California) and Maine Beer Company (Freeport, Maine)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Dayslayer India Pale Lager                      
  • Style: India Pale Lager (IPL) / Imperial Pilsner
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle 
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 65
  • Ingredients: Motueka and Amarillo hops and Pilsner malt
  • Pour: The Dayslayer India Pale Lager pours a clear golden amber with a frothy, bright white 1-finger head with good sustain and lots of layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, citrusy, tropical, grassy, and bready.  There are aromas of summer grass, cracked wheat, grapefruit rind, mango, light pine resin, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Dayslayer India Pale Lager is bold, yet very drinkable.  As the bottle states: "you deserve a Lager fit for the lords of metal, not some bubble gum pop-inspired, watered-down, mass-produced version."  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, grassy hops, wild flowers, doughy bread, crackery biscuit, light caramel, and even "hints of pink peppercorns on the mid-palate".
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Dayslayer is crisp and clean with a sharply bitter, peppery, yet clean and dry finish.

Overall pairing:
The punchy, bitter, and hoppy flavors and aromas of the Stone/Maine Dayslayer India Pale Lager is perfect for the head-banging insanity that is Morbid Angel's "Altars Of Madness"!  Those crisp flavors enhance the precision and technical mastery of Azagthoth's and Brunelle's fiery guitars while the breadier notes are perfect for the powerful rhythm section of Sandoval and Vincent!

HAILS!!  Raise those glasses and horns to Morbid Angel!!

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