Friday, November 9, 2018

November 9th , 2018 - Flesh & Blood, Violence & Force

Hello and happy Friday rivet heads and hopheads!  The Meista here today rocking the hell out to a pairing of "Violence & Force", Exciter's sophomore album and a Flesh & Blood IPA from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Exciter
  • Title: "Violence & Force" 
  • Recorded: November 1983 at Pyramid Sound Studios in Ithaca, New York,
  • Release date: February 1984 (2nd studio album by Exciter)
  • Record company: Megaforce Records
  • Production: Carl Canedy and Jon Zazula
  • Album cover art: Andy Brown
  • Personnel: Dan Beehler (drums and lead vocals), Allan Johnson (bass and backing vocals), and John Ricci (guitars and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, speed metal, thrash metal
  • Sound: 1980s speed metal at its finest, the sound on Exciter's "Violence & Forces" is fiery fast, furious, and pure, high-octane thrashing metal!  With influence from fellow Canadians Anvil along with Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Raven, this is classic, straight-forward, in-your-face fun!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, violence, power, heavy metal, terror, rebellion, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Oblivion"
  2. "Violence & Force"
  3. "Scream In The Night"
  4. "Pounding Metal"
  5. "Evil Sinner"
  6. "Destructor"
  7. "Swords Of Darkness"
  8. "Delivering To The Master"
  9. "Saxons Of The Fire"
  10. "War Is Hell"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Flesh & Blood IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • IBUs: 45
  • Pour: The Flesh & Blood pours a fairly clear deep copper-amber with a frothy, 2-finger off-white head with great retention and lots of sticky, sudsy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, earthy, dank, and herbal.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, lemon, mango, herbal tea, minerals, light pine resin, and fresh herbs.
  • Taste: The taste of the Flesh & Blood is citrusy, zesty, and slightly tart.  There are notes of grapefruit juice and rind, orange zest and pith, black tea, lemon, a hint of pine.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Flesh & Blood is juicy, smooth, and slightly tart with a dry finish.
Overall pairing: The Blood & Flesh IPA is a hop-forward, punchy, aggressive brew that is totally crushable... perfect for the metal onslaught that is Exciter's kickass "Violence & Force"!  I can't think of anything better than a crisp and citrusy IPA (or 3) to throw back whilst pumping your fist and banging your head to these bad asses!  'Nuff said!
Cheers and hails!!

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