Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 11th, 2019 - Temporarily Moving Onward To Golgotha

Good evening hellions, headbangers, and craft brew lovers!  The Meista here getting aggressive with "Onward To Golgotha", the debut album by death metal monsters Incantation and a deliciously citrusy and punchy Pro Tem 4 Pale Ale, the latest from Desert Edge Brewery!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Incantation
  • Title: "Onward To Golgotha"
  • Recorded: September through November 1991 at Trax East Studios in South River, New Jersey
  • Release date: May 5th, 1992 (1st full-length studio release by Incantation)
  • Record company: Relapse Records
  • Production: Steve Evetts and Bill Yurkiewicz
  • Album cover art: Miran Kim (artwork) and Bill Venner (band logo)
  • Personnel: Ronny Deo (bass), John McEntee (guitars), Craig Pillard (guitars and vocals), and Jim Roe (drums)
  • Musical style: Death metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, heavy as hell, and rather sludgy, the sound on "Onward To Golgotha" embodies the apocolyptic, soul-crushing brutality that is early Incantation!  It is like a runaway 18-wheeler slamming through a concrete barrier and exploding on the freeway below... broken glass, metal grinding on pavement, and thunderous impact!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, evil, the occult, anti-Christianity, blasphemy, Satan, darkness, violence, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Golgotha"
  2. "Devoured Death"
  3. "Blasphemous Cremation"
  4. "Rotting Spiritual Embodiement"
  5. "Unholy Massacre"
  6. "Entrantment Of Evil"
  7. "Christening The Afterbirth"
  8. "Immortal Cessation"
  9. "Profanation"
  10. "Deliverance Of Horrific Prophecies"
  11. "Eternal Torture"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Desert Edge Brewery (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: https://desertedgebrewery.com/
  • Brew: Pro Tem 4
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 64 ounce growler
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 55
  • Ingredients: Pale, Vienna, and Caramel malts with Simco, Citra, and Mosaic hops
  • Pour: The Pro Tem 4 pours a hazy golden with a creamy and firm, eggshell-white 1+ finger head with great sustain and lots of sticky, intricate spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, somewhat dank, earthy, and herbal. There are aromas of grapefruit rind, light pineapple, tangerine, orange peel, a hint of mango, pine resin, herbal tea, and a hint of soft caramel.
  • Taste: Hop-forward, the taste of the Pro Tem 4 follows the nose with intensely bright citrusy, spicy, and earthy flavors.  There are notes of pink grapefruit juice, tangerine, orange pith, black tea, pine, white pepper, and sweet toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp, juicy, and bitter with a dry finish and lingering hop bitterness and spiciness.

Overall pairing: The hop-forward bitter and juicy flavors and aromas of the Desert Edge Pro Tem 4 are perfect for the intensity, aggression, and brutalilty of Incantation's brutal "Onward To Golgotha" album!  I specifically paired this beer with Incantation because I had one of these tasty brews at the brewery right before seeing the band live last week!  For an evening of kickass metal and deliciously crisp and punchy flavor, I highly recommend both the brew and the album! 

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