Saturday, March 7, 2020

March 7th, 2020 - A Fruit-Full Fortress

Good evening!  The Meista here tonight rocking the hell out to a pairing of "Fortress" by Canadian progressive metal outfit Protest The Hero and a Fruit-Full Fort from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc.!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Protest The Hero
  • Title: "Fortress" 
  • Recorded: Summer of 2007 at Silo Studios and Metalworks Studio in Ontario, Canada
  • Release date: January 29th, 2008 ( studio album by Protest The Hero)
  • Record company: Underground Operations / Vagrant
  • Production: Julius "Juice" Butty and Mark Spicoluk
  • Album cover art: Sons Of Nero
  • Personnel: Moe Carlson (drums and percussion), Luke Hoskin (guitar, piano, and backing vocals), Tim Millar (guitar and piano), Arif Mirabdolbaghi (bass and backing vocals), and Rody Walker (lead vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Dan Fila (additional percussion) and Vadim Pruzhanov (keyboards on "Limb From Limb")
  • Musical style: Progressive metal, metalcore, mathcore
  • Sound: Complex, intricate, progressive, yet very heavy, the sound on "Fortress" combines technical progressive metal with more aggressive metalcore elements
  • Major themes: Mythology, goddess worship, nature, paganism, etc.  Of the album's themes, bassist and lyricist Mirabdolbaghi stated: "It has to do with goddess worship, and how there has been this degendering of the Lord and Savior, and the suppressed feminine. A lot of it is based in Genghis Khan and old Irish Mythology, about the rise and fall of the Goddess of the forest. [It] can be more appreciated by more people. If I had to reduce it to its simplest form, the concept is about the re-emerging of goddess worship and the erosion of faith in scientific process."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Bloodmeat"
  2. "The Dissentience"
  3. "Bone Marrow"
  4. "Sequoia Throne"
  5. "Palms Read"
  6. "Limb From Limb"
  7. "Spoils"
  8. "Wretch"
  9. "Godless Bound"
  10. "Goddess Gagged"

 Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Inc. (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website: 
  • Brew: Fruit-Full Fort
  • Style: Barleywine 
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 15.0% to 18.0%
  • Ingredients: Munich malts with raspberries, blackberries, boyesenberries, and elderberries
  • Pour: The Fruit-Full Fort pours an opaque, deep maroon with a thin, off-white cap that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, tart, sweet, and boozy.  There are aromas of fresh berries (raspberry and blackberry), cherries, fruit jam, red wine, caramel/toffee, and rum or bourbon.
  • Taste: The taste of the Fruit-Full Fort is very fruity, malty, sweet, tart, and boozy.  There are notes of fresh raspberries, blackberries, with red wine, sweet malts, toffee, and spiced rum.  
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Fruit-Full Fort is thick, chewy, tart, and dry with a boozy finish.
Overall pairing: The Fruit-Full Fort is a very complex, intensely flavorful, and boozy brew... perfect for the intricate song structure and musical prowess of Protest The Hero's "Fortess" album!  'Nuff said!
Cheers and hails!!

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