Saturday, June 6, 2020

June 6th, 2020 - Divine Lunacy In An Infernal Storm

Hey there hellions, headbangers, and craft brew lovers!  The Meista here getting very aggressive and maybe a little drunk with "The Infernal Storm" by death metal monsters Incantation and a Divine Lunacy Barrel Aged Quad Ale from 2 Row Brewing!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Incantation
  • Title: "The Infernal Storm"
  • Recorded: November through December 1999 at Mars Studios in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Release date: May 9th, 2000 (4th full-length studio release by Incantation)
  • Record company: Relapse Records
  • Production: Bill Korecky and Incantation
  • Album cover art: Miran Kim (artwork) and Bill Venner (band logo)
  • Personnel: John McEntee (guitars), Mike Saez (guitars and vocals), and Robert Yench (bass)
  • Guest musician: Dave Culross (drums)
  • Musical style: Death metal
  • Sound: Aggressive, heavy as hell, and rather sludgy, the sound on "The Infernal Storm" is classic Incantation!  From the opening notes of "Anoint The Chosen" to the final of "Nocturnal Kingdom of Demonic Enlightenment", this album grabs you by the collar, slams you against the wall, and demands your attention!
  • Major themes: Death, destruction, evil, darkness, the occult, mythology, anti-Christianity, blasphemy, Satan, violence, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Anoint The Chosen"
  2. "Extinguishing Salvation"
  3. "Impetuous Rage"
  4. "Sempiternal Pandemonium"
  5. "Lustful Demise"
  6. "Heaven Departed"
  7. "Apocalyptic Destroyer Of Angels"
  8. "Nocturnal Kingdom of Demonic Enlightenment"

 Brew Info:
  • Brewery: 2 Row Brewing (Murray, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Divine Lunacy Barrel Aged Quad Ale
  • Style: Bourbon-barrel-aged Belgian Quadruple
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.5%
  • Pour: The Divine Lunacy pours a deep, dark mahogany brown with flecks of red when held to the light and a thin, light mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is boozy, fruity, spicy, woody, and sweet. There are aromas of rich caramel and toffee, soft banana, dark fruits (raisin, prune, plum, dates, etc.), cloves, vanilla bean, rich bourbon, and oak.
  • Taste: The taste of the Divine Lunacy is intensely .  Like the nose, there are notes of boozy bourbon, sweet caramel and toffee, soft banana, plum, dates, cloves, and a splash of vanilla.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is with a dry, slightly sweet and very boozy finish.

Overall pairing: This pairing came very naturally and easily.  Simply put, the brew and the album are perfect for one another... both are ass-kickers that take a hold of you from the very first notes and the names are interesting foils for one another as well.  The intense and complex flavors and aromas of the 2 Row Divine Lunacy go great with the face-melting intensity, aggression, and brutality of Incantation's killer "The Infernal Storm"!  'Nuff said!

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