Friday, November 16, 2018

November 16th, 2018 - Forever Ferda Warriors

Hello and happy Friday evil-doers and hop-heads!  The Meista here today bringing in the weekend with a pairing of Doro's latest album "Forever Warriors" and a very tasty Ferda Imperial IPA from new Salt Lake City brewery TF Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Doro
  • Title: "Forever Warriors"
  • Recorded: 2017 through 2018 at various studios throughout the world
  • Release date: August 17th, 2018 (13th studio album by Doro)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Doro Pesch and Andreas Bruhn
  • Album cover art: Geoffrey Gillespie
  • Personnel: Doro Pesch (lead and backing vocals) with Johnny Dee (drums and backing vocals), Nick Douglas (bass, keyboards, and backing vocals), Bas Maas (guitars and backing vocals), and Luca Princiotta (guitars, keyboards, and backing vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Tommy Bolan (vocals and lead guitar on "All For Metal"), Andy Brings (vocals on "All For Metal"), Andreas Bruhn (additional guitar and bass), the late Warren Dane (vocals on "All For Metal"), DeTraktor (vocals on "All For Metal"), Chuck Billy (vocals on "All For Metal"), Johan Hegg (vocals On "If I Can't Have You, No One Will"), Mille Petrozza (vocals on "All For Metal"), Rock 'n' Rolf (vocals on "All For Metal"), Ross The Boss (vocals on "All For Metal"), Helge Schneider (vocals on "Backstage To Heaven"), and Jeff Waters (vocals on "All For Metal")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal
  • Sound: Old-school, straight-forward, high octane heavy metal, with her latest album, Doro once again proves that she is a powerful and relevant metal force!  Are some of the lyrics a little cliché and cheesy?  Maybe.  Does it rock?  Hell yes!!
  • Major themes: Heavy metal, hope, rebellion, jealousy, loss, love, power, might, life and death, etc.
  • Notes: The album is dedicated to the late Lemmy Kilmister.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "All For Metal"
  2. "Bastardos"
  3. "If I Can't Have You, No One Will"
  4. "Soldier Of Metal"
  5. "Turn It Up"
  6. "Blood, Sweat And Rock 'N' Roll"
  7. "Don't Break My Heart Again"
  8. "Love's Gone To Hell"
  9. "Freunde Fürs Leben"
  10. "Backstage To Heaven"
  11. "Be Strong" (bonus track)
  12. "Black Ballad" (bonus track)
  13. "Bring My Hero Back Home Again" (bonus track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: TF Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Ferda Imperial IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.2%
  • Pour: The Ferda pours a clear golden-amber with a huge, thin, but sustaining, frothy white head displaying sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is full of juicy citrus and tropical fruit, floral, earthy, and sweet malt notes.  There are aromas of pineapple juice, grapefruit, nectarine, melon, pine resin, grassy hops, honey, mountain wild flowers, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Ferda follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, stone fruit, doughy bread, and sweet malt.  There are notes bitter grapefruit rind and juice, tangerine, orange peel, mango, pineapple, pine, bitter herbs, crackery biscuit, and a hint of wild flower honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Ferda is crisp, dry, and juicy with a dry and bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The TF Brewing Ferda is bold, hop-forward, and punchy brew, which makes it a great pairing to the one and only Doro, the Queen of Heavy Metal!  The complex and wonderfully tasty flavors of the Ferda work wonderfully well with the beautifully raspy vocals of Doro, the soaring guitars of Mass and Princiotta, the meaty bass of Douglas, and the thunderous drums of Dee!
Prost and hails!!

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