Tuesday, October 27, 2020

October 27th, 2020 - Fuzzy Magick And Revolutionary DNA

καλησπερα evil-doers and craft brew freaks!  Your drinking pal the Meista here tonight pairing  the very atmospheric and haunting "Revolution DNA" by Septicflesh and a bright and citrusy Fuzz Magick from the fine folks at Illuminated Brew Works!  Hell yes!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Septicflesh
  • Album: "Revolution DNA"
  • Recorded: Summer 1999 at Fredman Studio in Sweden 
  • Release date: October 11th, 1999 (5th studio album by Septic Flesh)
  • Record company: Holy Records (original) / Season Of Mist (reissue)
  • Production: Fredrik Nordström and Septic Flesh 
  • Album cover art: Set (aka Spiros Antoniou) 
  • Personnel: Christos Antoniou (guitars and samples), Spiros Antoniou (bass and vocals), Akis Kapranos (drums), and Sotiris Vayenas (guitars and vocals)  
  • Musical style: Symphonic death metal, gothic metal/rock with hints of industrial
  • Sound: Bombastic, dark, atmospheric, and hauntingly poetic, with "Revolution DNA," Septicflesh once again provides a wonderfully unique musical journey blending death metal elements with symphonic metal and gothic metal/rock phrases and concepts with small glimpses of industrial (which would become more prevalent on proceeding albums).  It is this blending of styles along with their incredible musicianship that makes "Revolution DNA" such a fascinating and mesmerizing album. 
  • Major themes: Darkness, death, misery, science, the occult, mythology, fantasy, evil, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Science"
  2. "Chaostar"
  3. "Radioactive"
  4. "Little Music Box"
  5. "Revolution"
  6. "Nephilim Sons"
  7. "DNA"
  8. "Telescope"
  9. "Last Stop To Nowhere"
  10. "Dictatorship Of The Mediocre"
  11. "Android"
  12. "Arctic Circle"
  13. "Age Of New Messiahs"
  14. "Misery's King"
  15. "The Thief Of Innocence"
  16. "Telescope" (French version)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Illuminated Brew Works (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Website: https://www.ibw-chicago.com/
  • Brew: Fuzz Magick
  • Style: New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Pour: The Fuzz Magick pours a very hazy, bronze-orange with a thin, bright white head with good sustain and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy and very tropical with more subtle dank, sweet, and malty aromas.  There are aromas of orange peel, orange pith, lemon zest, grapefruit rind, tangerine, pineapple, ripe mango, stone fruit (apricot and peach), raspberry, honeydew melon, light doughy bread, a hint of honey, a hint of pine resin, wild flowers, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose with lots of citrusy, tropical, sweet, and malty flavors.  There are notes of tangerine, pink grapefruit, mango, pineapple, dried apricot, melon, raspberry, gooseberry, crackery biscuit, cracked wheat, soft caramel/toffee, and a little white pepper spiciness in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: The Fuzz Magick is very crisp, very juicy, and quite smooth with a dry, slightly bitter, slightly spicy finish.

Overall pairing: The Fuzz Magick is a very complex, very robust, very punchy brew... perfect for the dark beauty of Septicflesh's wonderful "Revolution DNA"!  Those sweeter, more fruity flavors and aromas go great with the soaring guitars, soaring melodies, and clean vocals, while the more dank, more bitter, more spicy notes go great with the lyrical content, thunderous drums, and the more aggressive harsh vocals. I highly recommend both the album and the brew!

Yasou!!  Hails!!

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