Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 29th, 2020 - Ridin' The Coffin Hop Train


Good evening!  The Meista here tonight rocking the hell out with "Coffin Train", the most recent album from NWOBHM pioneers Diamond Head and a Hop Train Pale Ale, another tasty brew from brand new brewery, Ogden River Brewing here in O-Town!  Hells yeah!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Diamond Head
  • Title: "Coffin Train"
  • Recorded: 2019 at Vigo Studios in Walsall, Circle Studios in Birmingham, and Raw Sound Studio in London
    Release date: May 24th, 2019 (8th studio album by Diamond Head)
  • Record company: Silver Lining Music
  • Production: Diamond Head
  • Album cover art: Travis Smith
  • Personnel: Andy Abberley (rhythm and lead guitars), Rasmus Bom Andersen (vocals), Dean Ashton (bass), Brian Tatler (lead guitars and backing vocals), and Karl Wilcox (drums)
  • Additional personnel: Ian Cooke (voiceover on "The Sleeper (Prelude)")
  • Musical style: Heavy metal with more subtle elements of power metal and thrash metal
  • Sound: This is it my friends... that classic Diamond Head sound, but with a bigger bite!  There are massive riffs, powerful vocals, wonderful melodies, and intense and soaring solos on this killer album... must own for any metal head that loves old-school NWOBHM!
  • Major themes: Darkness, death, life, mythology, violence, god-like power, rebirth, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Belly Of the Beast"
  2. "The Messenger"
  3. "The Coffin Train"
  4. "Shades Of Black"
  5. "The Sleeper (Prelude)"
  6. "The Sleeper"
  7. "Death By Design"
  8. "Serrated Love"
  9. "The Phoenix"
  10. "Until We Burn"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ogden River Brewing (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Hop Train Pale Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 64 ounce growler bottle
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Pour: The Hop Train Pale Ale pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1+ finger, bright-white, frothy  head with good retention and lots of soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is hoppy, dank, earthy, and malty.  There are aromas of pine resin, herbal tea, fresh herbs, wild flowers, hearty multi-grain bread, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hop Train Pale Ale follows the nose and is characterized by earthy and floral hops along with bready malts.  There are notes of pine, freshly chopped herbs, black tea, freshly baked bread, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation, the Hop Train Pale Ale's mouthfeel is crisp, yet hearty with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The very drinkable, yet punchy hop and malt flavors of the Hop Train Pale Ale from Ogden River Brewing are great for the straight-forward, heavy metal rockin' goodness of Diamond Head's kick-ass album, "Coffin Train"!  Those bold hop flavors and that solid malt backbone work really well with the intensity, power, and brilliance of each and every track on this wonderful album!  

Cheers and hails!!

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