Friday, May 8, 2020

May 8th, 2020 - Somewhere Far Beyond The Weissenheimer

Guten abend and happy Friday!  The Meista here starting the weekend off right with a pairing of Blind Guardian's fantastic "Somewhere Far Beyond" and a Weissenheimer Hefeweizen from Destihl Brewery!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Blind Guardian
  • Title: "Somewhere Far Beyond"
  • Recorded: February through May 1992 at Karo Studios in Germany
  • Release date: June 30th, 1992 (4th studio album by Blind Guardian)
  • Record company: Virgin Records / Century Media
  • Production: Kalle Trapp
  • Album cover art: Andreas Marschall
  • Personnel: Hansi Kürsch (lead vocals and bass), André Olbrich (lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, and backing vocals), Marcus Siepen (rhythm and acoustic guitars, and backing vocals), and Thomas "Thomen" Stauch (drums)
  • Additional musicians: Kai Hansen (lead guitar on "The Quest Of Tanelorn"), Billy King (backing vocals), Rolf Köhler (backing vocals), Peter Rübsam (Scottish and Irish bagpipes), Piet Sielck (guitars and effects), Kalle Trapp (backing vocals), Mathias Wiesner (keyboards, effects, and bass on "Spread Your Wings"), and Stefan Will (piano)
  • Musical style: Speed metal, power metal, progressive metal
  • Sound: "Somewhere Far Beyond" is powerful and fast-paced musical delivery.  Combining the aggression of speed metal with the complexity of progressive metal, and the punch of power metal, Blind Guardian creates a wonderfully rich tapestry!
  • Major themes: Folklore, mythology, life and death, valor, dreams, quests, wizardry, power, war, magic, good vs. evil, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Time What Is Time"
  2. "Journey Through The Dark"
  3. "Black Chamber"
  4. "Theatre Of Pain"
  5. "The Quest Of Tanelorn"
  6. "Ashes To Ashes"
  7. "The Bard's Song - In The Forest"
  8. "The Bard's Song - The Hobbit"
  9. "The Piper's Calling"
  10. "Somewhere Far Beyond"
  11. "Spread Your Wings" (Queen cover)
  12. "Trial By Fire" (Satan cover)
  13. "Theatre Of Pain" (classic version)
  14. "Ashes To Ashes" (demo version)
  15. "Time What Is Time" (demo version)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Destihl Brewery ( )
  • Website:
  • Brew: Weissenheimer Hefeweizen
  • Style: German-Style  Hefeweizen
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.2%
  • IBUs: 16
  • Ingredients: Red wheat, 2-row malt, Munich malt, Vienna malt, rice hulls, Carapils, and flaked oats
  • Pour: The Weissenheimer Hefeweizen pours a clear golden-yellow hue with a 1+ finger, bright white, frothy, and firm head with great retention and lots of sticky, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is filled with lots of fruit esters, bready malts, and inviting spices.  There are aromas of banana, banana bread, a hint of apple, cloves, nutmeg, crackery biscuit, and a touch of honey. 
  • Taste: The flavor of the Weissenheimer Hefeweizen follows the nose with lots of fruity, spicy, bready flavors.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, wheat bread, oats, soft banana, and spicy cloves and a touch of black pepper.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and refreshing with a clean, yet spicy finish.
Overall pairing: The Destihl Weissenheimer Hefeweizen is a brew made in that classic German style... perfect for the classic power metal/speed metal brilliance of German metallers Blind Guardian!  Those crisp and bready notes got great with heavy duty rhythm section while the spicier, sweeter elements go great with the soaring guitars and Hansi's amazing vocals!

Prost!!  Hails!!

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