Friday, December 21, 2018

December 21st, 2018 - The WITness of Imaginations From The Other Side

Hello and happy Friday!  The Meista here starting the weekend off right with a pairing of Blind Guardian's fantastic "Imaginations From The Other Side" and The WITness from Fisher Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Blind Guardian
  • Title: "Imaginations From The Other Side"
  • Recorded: August 1994 through March 1995 at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Release date: April 4th, 1995 (5th studio album by Blind Guardian)
  • Record company: Virgin Records / Century Media
  • Production: Flemming Rasmussen
  • Album cover art: Andreas Marschall
  • Personnel: Hansi Kürsch (vocals and bass), André Olbrich (lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars), Marcus Siepen (rhythm guitar), and Thomen Stauch (drums and percussion)
  • Additional musicians: Ronnie Atkins (backing vocals), "Hacky" Hackmann (backing vocals), Billy King (backing vocals), Rolf Köhler (backing vocals), Jacob Moth (acoustic guitar on "A Past And Future Secret"), Piet Sielck (backing vocals), and Mathias Wiesner (effects)
  • Musical style: Power metal, progressive metal, speed metal
  • Sound: Darker than previous albums, "Imaginations From The Other Side" is powerful musical delivery by the German bards!  Combining the aggression of speed metal with the complexity of progressive metal, and the punch of power metal, Blind Guardian creates a wonderfully rich tapestry!
  • Major themes: A partial concept album about a boy discovering a fantasy universe accessed through a magical portal in a mirror and interspersed with songs about Arthurian legend, themes include folklore, life and death, valor, power, war, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Imaginations From The Other Side"
  2. "I'm Alive"
  3. "A Past And Future Secret"
  4. "The Script For My Requiem"
  5. "Mordred's Song"
  6. "Born In A Mourning Hall"
  7. "Bright Eyes"
  8. "Another Holy War"
  9. "And The Story Ends"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: The WITness
  • Style: Witbier
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: The WITness pours a hazy, bright yellow hue with huge, 1-finger, white, frothy head with great retention and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is filled with lots of fruit ester, spices, grainy, and floral notes.  There are aromas of banana, cloves, lemon, cracked wheat, wild flowers, and light honey.
  • Taste: The taste of The WITness follows the nose with lots of floral, fruity, spicy, and wheat flavors.  There are notes of lemon juice, banana, cloves, cracked wheat, .
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of The WITness is very crisp, spicy, and slightly tart with a dry, clean finish.
Overall pairing: The WITness is wonderfully tasty and complex spicy little brew... perfect for the progressive heavy metal might of Blind Guardian's brilliant "Imaginations From The Other Side"!  'Nuff said!
Prost!!  Hails!!

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