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Thursday, March 7, 2019
March 7th, 2019 - Amargnac And Hel's Fury
Gott kvøld and hails craft brew lovers and headbangers! Your pal the Meista
here rocking the "Hel" out to "Hel",
the brand-spanking-new, kickass album by Faroese Viking metal monsters Týr
and an Armagnac Hel’s Fury from Barbarian Brewing Company! This pairing goes out
to my cousin and fellow Dane, Joe Jensen! Skål and horns high my man!!
·Recorded: 2018 at Jacob Hansen Studios
·Release date: March 8th, 2019 (8th studio
album by Týr)
·Record company: Metal Blade Records
·Album cover art: Gyula Havancsak
·Personnel: Heri Joensen (guitars and
lead vocals), Tadeusz Rieckmann (drums), Terji Skibenæs (guitars and
backing vocals), and Gunnar Thomsen (bass and backing vocals)
·Musical style: Viking metal, power metal,
·Sound: Musically, "Hel" is a
powerhouse of metal integrity and artistry! It combines wonderfully
rich folk melodies and choruses with profoundly powerful and soaring Viking
metal guitar, bass, and drum work! It is both aggressive and melodic...
and simply wonderful!
·Major themes: Viking lore and history,
mythology, death, darkness, escape, drinking, good vs. evil, war, valor,
bravery, power, might, fate, etc.
1."Gates Of Hel"
7."Empire Of The
8."Far From The
Worries Of The World"
10."Fire And Flame"
11."Against The Gods"
12."Songs Of War"
·Brewery: Barbarian Brewing Company (Garden
·Pour: The Armagnac Hel’s Fury pours
an opaque deep, dark brown (almost black) with a thick and creamy 1-finger
mocha head with great sustain and sticky, soapy lacing.
·Nose: The nose is very chocolaty, earthy,
rich, boozy, and fruity. There are aromas of dark chocolate, milk chocolate,
cocoa, raspberries, black cherry, port wine, damp oak or cedar, boozy Armagnac,
a hint of lemon, and an ever so light hint of horse blanket.
·Taste: The taste is very complex, earthy,
chocolaty, fruity, boozy, and strong. There are big notes of dark
chocolate, light cream, boozy Armagnac (which gets boozier as it warms),
red wine, dark fruits (black cherry, plum, raspberry, dates), bitter root, and
very subtle toffee.
·Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low
carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Armagnac Hel’s Fury is very smooth and
creamy with a very dry, slightly tart, slightly bitter, and slightly boozy
Overall pairing: Intense and complex extreme Viking metal
deserves a brew of equal intensity and flavor... thus the Armagnac Hel’s
Fury from Barbarian Brewing
Company! Those bold and complex Armagnac flavors are great for the fiery
guitar work and pounding rhythm section while the sweeter and richer chocolate
and dark fruit flavors go great with Heri's wonderful vocals!