Saturday, October 27, 2018

October 27th, 2018 - The Shadow Thief Is Picking The Locks To The Seven Doors

Hey there headbangers and artisan beer lovers!  Your rockin' and drinkin' buddy the Meista here today with a pairing of Jag Panzer's amazing and fairly rare "Shadow Thief" demo album and a delightfully tasty Seven Doors Grisette-Style Ale from TRVE Brewing Company!  (I actually meant to post this a few weeks ago, but neglected to click the "Publish" button!  Oops!)

Album Info:
  • Artist: Jag Panzer
  • Title: "Shadow Thief"
  • Recorded: 1985 at Startsong Studio in Colorado Springs, Colorado and Black Forest Studios in Black Forest, Colorado 
  • Release date: Originally released in 1986; reissued on vinyl on May 8th, 2013
  • Record company: High Roller Records (reissue)
  • Production: Jag Panzer 
  • Album cover art: Alexander Von Wieding (design by Mark Briody)
  • Personnel: Mark Briody (guitars and keyboards), Joey Tafolla (guitars), Harry Conklin (lead vocals), "Butch" Reynold Carlson (drums), and John Tetley (bass)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, power metal with elements of speed metal 
  • Sound: Aggressive and raw, the sound on "Shadow Thief" is classic Jag Panzer... big, meaty, shredding guitars, a thunderous rhythm section juggernaut, and Conklin's huge vocal range!  Simply put, it kicks major ass!  
  • Major themes: Lust, rebellion, good vs. evil, death, violence, isolation, pain, deception, danger, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Lustful And Free"
  2. "Fallen Angel"
  3. "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind"
  4. "Take This Pain Away"
  5. "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida"
  6. "Shadow Thief"
  7. "Lying Deceiver"
  8. "Viper"
  9. "Eyes Of The Night"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Seven Doors Grisette-Style Ale
  • Style: Grisette / Farmhouse Saison
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • Pour: The Seven Doors pours a hazy golden-yellow with a big, billowy and rocky white head with great sustain and inctricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is earthy, woody, fruity, floral, herbal, and a little funky.  There are big aromas of Belgian yeast, lemon zest, orange peel, horse blanket, leather, barnyard funk, fresh herbs, light crackery gain, and light clove.
  • Taste: The taste of the Seven Doors is yeasty, tart, earthy, herbal, floral, grainy and funky.  There are notes of Belgian yeast, lemon zest, noble hops, minerals, tart wheat, garden herbs, and light spices (clove, nutmeg, and Allspice).
  • Mouthfeel: Light medium in body and well-carbonated, the Seven Doors' mouthfeel is very crisp, tart, and bitter with a dry, clean finish.
Overall pairing: The Seven Doors Grisette-Style Ale is a great, sessionable, yet very complex and punchy brew... perfect to pair with the depth and musical prowess of Jag Panzer and their wonderful demo album "Shadow Thief"!

Cheers and hails!!

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