Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 8th, 2019 - This Little Piece Of Time Is Better Hazy Than Never

Good evening metal heads and hop heads!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here tonight pairing "Piece Of Time", the kickass debut album by thrash/death metal band Atheist and a Better Hazy Than Never Hazy IPA from Boise Brewing Company!  Hell yes!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Atheist
  • Title: "Piece Of Time"
  • Recorded: November through December 1988 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida
  • Release date: 1990 (1st full-length studio album by Atheist)
  • Record company: Active Records / Metal Blade Records
  • Production: Scott Burns and Atheist
  • Album cover art: Ed Repka
  • Personnel: Rand Burkey (lead and rythm guitars), Steve Flynn (drums), Roger Patterson (bass), and Kelly Shaefer (lead and rythm guitars and vocals)
  • Musical style: Thrash metal, technical death metal with elements of jazz fusion and progressive metal
  • Sound: Fast and furious, the sound on "Piece Of Time" blends aggressive thrash and death metal with elements of jazz and progressive rock to present a truly unique and creative experience!
  • Major themes: Life, death, war, corruption, destruction, aggression, anti-religion, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Piece Of Time"
  2. "Unholy War"
  3. "Room With A View"
  4. "On They Slay"
  5. "Beyond"
  6. "I Deny"
  7. "Why Bother?"
  8. "Life"
  9. "No Truth"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Boise Brewing Company (Boise, Idaho)
  • Website: https://www.boisebrewing.com/
  • Brew: Better Hazy Than Never Hazy IPA
  • Style: New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • IBUs: 21
  • Ingredients: El Dorado, Mosaic, Ekuanot, and Idaho 7 hops
  • Pour: The Better Hazy Than Never pours a very hazy golden-orange hue with a huge, frothy, 2+ finger, bright white head with great sustain and lots of sticky, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Better Hazy Than Never is citrusy, tropical, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, mango, guava, pineapple, light tea, and toasted caramel.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose with juicy, citrusy, and sweet flavors.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, orange juice and pith, tangerine, mango, pineapple, herbal tea, and soft caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of the is crisp, slightly bitter, and very refreshing with a dry finish.

Overall pairing:
The complex, yet very drinkable and crushable flavors of the Boise Brewing Better Hazy Than Never is perfect for the metal intensity and artistic integrity of Atheist's ass-kicking first album "Piece Of Time"!  Those punchy hop flavors are great for the thrash elements of the album, while the malty backbone works wonderfully with the complex and more intracte elements.

Cheers and hails head bangers!!

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