Friday, December 20, 2019

December 20th, 2019 - An Angel Of Light, A Big Bad Baptist, And... Peanuts?

Good afternoon and happy Friday evil-doers!!  Let's get this weekend rolling with a pairing of the brilliant "Angel Of Light", the latest album from NWOBHM godfathers Angel Witch and a bold and tasty Big Bad Baptist Peanut Butter Cup from Epic Brewing Company! 

Album Info:
  • Artist: Angel Witch
  • Title: "Angel Of Light"
  • Recorded: 2019 at Stationhouse Studios in Leeds, England
  • Release date: November 1st, 2019 (5th studio album by Angel Witch)
  • Record company: Metal Blade Records
  • Production: James Atkinson
  • Album cover art: Adam Burke
  • Personnel: Kevin Heybourne (lead and rhythm guitars and vocals), Fredrik Jansson-Punkka (drums), Jimmy Martin (rhythm guitars and electronics), and Wil Palmer (bass)
  • Additional musicians: James Atkinson (organ on "Angel Of Light" and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal with elements of doom metal and speed metal
  • Sound: Steeped in late '70s and early '80s NWOBHM vibes, yet very fresh and relevant, the sound on "Angel Of Light" is classic Angel Witch... heavy, melodic, dark, and aggressive!  
  • Major themes: Death, sickness, isolation, despair, darkness, vengeance, evil, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Don't Turn Your Back"
  2. "Death From Amdromeda"
  3. "We Are Damned"
  4. "The Night Is Calling"
  5. "Condemned"
  6. "Window Of Despair"
  7. "I Am Infamy"
  8. "Angel Of Light"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Denver, Colorado)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Big Bad Baptist Peanut Butter Cup
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 10.96%
  • Ingredients: Maris Otter Malt, 2-Row Brewer Malt, Crystal, Light Munich Malt T1, 2-Row chocolate malt, 2-row black malt, roasted barley malts; Nugget, Chinook, and Cascade hops; Caffe Ibis, cocoa nibs, and peanuts
  • Pour: The Big Bad Baptist Peanut Butter Cup pours an opaque deep, dense dark chocolate brown (almost ink black) with a firm and creamy 1-finger mocha head with great sustain and intricate and sticky lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is very aromatic... earthy, boozy, slightly sweet, nutty, and chocolately.  There are notes of bourbon, semi-sweet dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, coconut, roasted peanuts, oak, molasses, light licorice, tobacco, and burnt toffee.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste is characterized by rich and boozy bourbon, a hint of vanilla, peanuts, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa, molasses, toffee, and espresso.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Big Bad Baptist is thick, chewy, creamy, and velvety with a dry, boozy, and bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The rich, boozy, robust, and earthy flavors of Epic's Big Bad Baptist Big Bad Baptist Peanut Butter Cup are perfect for the heavy rockin' sound of "Angel Of Light"!  Those chocolate and peanut notes along with silkiness of the mouthfeel is perfect for the depth and complexity of the album while the boozy kick is great for the intensity! 

Cheers and hails!!

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