Monday, December 23, 2019

December 23rd, 2019 - I'm Delving Into Pandemonium On A Mexican Radio With A Zólupez IPA

Gueten Oobe!  Buenos notches!  The Meista here getting heavy and aggressive with Celtic Frost's classic "Into The Pandemonium" and a Zólupez IPA from Zólupez Beer Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Celtic Frost
  • Title: "Into Pandemonium"
  • Recorded: January through April 1987 at Horus Sound Studio in Hannover, Germany
  • Release date: June 1st, 1987 (2nd full-length studio album by Celtic Frost)
  • Record company: Noise Records
  • Production: Martin E. Ain and Tom G. Warrior
  • Album cover art: taken from Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights.  The inlay is by Les Edwards. 
  • Personnel: Martin E. Ain (bass, effects, and backing vocals), Reed St. Mark (drums, percussion, timpani, keyboards, and backing vocals), and Tom G. Warrior (guitars, vocals, keyboards, and effects)
  • Additional musicians: H. C. 1922 (backing vocals), Thomas Berter (backing vocals), Malgorzata Blaiejewska (violin), Eva Cieslinski (violin), Andreas Dobler (guitars), Wulf Ebert (cello), Lothar Krist (conductor), Claudia-Maria Mokri (backing vocals), Manü Moan (vocals on "Tristesses De La Lune"), Jurgen Paulmann (viola), Marchain Regee Rotschy (backing vocals), and Anton Schreiber (French horn), 
  • Musical style: Avant-garde metal. experimental metal, extreme metal with elements of heavy metal, doom metal, thrash metal, and gothic metal, along with classical music and industrial
  • Sound: Although the extreme metal elements are there, the songs on "Into The Pandemonium" are vastly different from the band's first EP and first studio album.  It is far more experimental, with songs varying in styles throughout.  This was very upsetting for some diehard extreme metal fans and continues to be a source of fierce debates to this day.  The album is challenging, compelling, and yet still wonderfully aggressive and masterful!
  • Major themes: Darkness, the occult, darkness, evil, death, dreams, demons, love, aggression, power, violence, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Mexican Radio" (Wall Of Voodoo cover)
  2. "Mesmerized"
  3. "Inner Sanctum"
  4. "Tristesses De La Lune"
  5. "Babylon Fell (Jade Serpent)"
  6. "Caress Into Oblivion (Jade Serpent II)"
  7. "One In Their Pride" (Porthole Mix)
  8. "I Won't Dance (The Elders' Orient)"
  9. "Rex Irae (Requiem)"
  10. "Oriental Masquerade"
  11. "Sorrows Of The Moon"
  12. "The Inevitable Factor"
  13. "In The Chapel In The Moonlight"
  14. "One In Their Pride" (Re-Entry Mix)
  15. "The Inevitable Factor" (Alternate Vox)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Zólupez Beer Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Zólupez IPA
  • Style: Mexican Style India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 7.6% 
  • Ingredients: Citra hops, organic blue agave nectar, and fresh lime peel
  • Pour: The Zólupez IPA pours a slightly hazy, deep copper-amber hue with a 1-finger, frothy and firm, off-white head with good sustain and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, sweet, and crackery. There are aromas of lime, grapefruit rind, orange, tangerine, light mango, light pineapple, light pine resin, sweet agave, crackery biscuit, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Zólupez IPA follows the nose with lots of citrusy, fruity, hoppy, malty, and sweet, flavors.  There are notes of lime juice, bitter lime peel, grapefruit, tangerine, herbal tea, a hint of pineapple, sweet agave, caramel, and fresh bread.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, and smooth with a dry, slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The wonderfully crisp, hoppy, citrusy, and sweet flavors of the Zólupez IPA make it the perfect companion brew for the complexity, insanity, and experimental work on Celtic Frost's earth-shattering album "Into Pandemonium"!  'Nuff said!
Proscht!!  Salud!!  HAILS!!

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