Sunday, August 25, 2019

August 25th, 2019 - Atla's Pagan Fire

God ettermiddag!  The Meista here getting heavy and aggressive and embracing my Viking and pagan heritage with "Pagan Fire", a compilation album of songs by various Scandinavian bands and an Atla Kveik Style Farmhouse Ale with Juniper from TRVE Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Various
  • Title: "Pagan Fire"
  • Recorded: various years and locations
  • Release date: February 5th, 2008
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: various producers
  • Album cover art: Kris Verwimp
  • Personnel: various - see song list for bands
  • Musical style: Symphonic black metal, melodic death metal, folk metal, Viking metal, pagan metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, melodic, and richly textured, the songs on "Pagans Fire" represent some of the best Scandinavian extreme / folk metal out there!
  • Major themes: Viking history and lore, mythology, war, the occult, pagan ideology, warriors, might, power, etc.
  • Tracks:   

  1. "Song To Hall Up High" - Bathory
  2. "Isa" - Enslaved
  3. "The Longships Are Coming" - Unleashed
  4. "Viktorious March" - Amon Amarth
  5. "Winter Madness" - Wintersun
  6. "Nedgang" - Finntroll
  7. "Blut Im Auge" - Equilibrium
  8. "Kylän Päässä" - Moonsorrow
  9. "Empire Falls" - Primordial
  10. "Inis Mona" - Eluveitie
  11. "Tapporauta" - Korpiklaani
  12. "Deathbringer From The Sky" - Ensiferum
  13. "Laeknishendr" - Falkenbach
  14. "Höst" - Thyrfing
  15. "Battel Metal" - Turisas
  16. "Shackled To The Trilithon Of Kutulu" - Bal-Sagoth
  1. "The Pursuit Of Vikings" - Amon Amarth
  2. "Jernskogen" - Helheim
  3. "Regin Smidur" - Týr
  4. "Storm Of The Blades" - Battelore
  5. "Path To Vanir" - Enslaved
  6. "Ironbound" - Einherjer
  7. "Beyond The Dark Sun" - Wintersun
  8. "Ahti" - Ensiferum
  9. "Trollhammaren" - Finntroll
  10. "Sigrblot" - Månegarm
  11. "Of Fire, Wind & Wisdom" - Eluveitie

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: TRVE Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Atla Kveik Style Farmhouse Ale with Juniper
  • Style: Farmhous / Saison
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Pour: The Atla pours a very hazy, golden yellow hue with a bright white, foamy, 1-finger head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is funky, floral, fruity, and earthy. There are aromas of juniper, pine, lemondrops, orange zest, dried apricot, pineapple, candied mango, wild flowers, wet leather, and a little barnyard funk.
  • Taste: Kveik-forward, the taste of the Atla is earthy, and funky.  There are notes of dried apricot, lemon zest, orange, zest, juniper berries, Kveik yeast, and barnyard funk.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, biting, and funky with a very dry finish.

Overall pairing: The fruity, floral, earthy, biting, funky flavors and aromas of TRVE's Atla are perfect for the rich aggression, power, mythology, and depth of the amazing "Pagan Fire" compilation album from Nuclear Blast!  I highly recommend both the brew and the album.. 'nuff said!
Skål!!  HAILS!!

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