Tuesday, November 24, 2020

November 24th, 2020 - The Walls Of Jericho Are Coming Down From The Füry Of A SaltFire Kölsch!


Guten abend! The Meista here tonight rocking the hell out to Helloween's kick-ass, debut album "Walls Of Jericho" and a very crisp and very tasty Füry Kölsch from SaltFire Brewing Company!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Helloween
  • Title: "Walls Of Jericho"
  • Recorded: September and October 1985 at the Music Lab Studio in West Berlin, West Germany
  • Release date: November 18th, 1985 (1st studio album by Helloween)
  • Record company: Noise Records 
  • Production: Harris Johns and Helloween
  • Album cover art: Edda and Uwe Karczewski
  • Personnel: Markus Grosskopf  (bass), Kai Hansen (guitar and lead vocals), Ingo Schwichtenberg (drums), and Michael Weikath (guitars) 
  • Additional musicians: Chris Boltendahl (vocals on "Reptile") and James "Could Ya" Hardway (Emulator II) 
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, speed metal, power metal
  • Sound: This is where it all started!  Riff-driven, furious, fast, and heavy, "Walls Of Jericho" is pure German, classic metal!  Drawing influence from the likes of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and the Scorpions, Helloween's sound on is a powerfully sonic explosion of technical prowess and beautiful song craft.  Hansen's and Weikath's dual guitar work is soaring, fiery, and wonderfully executed.  Grosskopt's powerful bass work coupled with Schwichtenberg's intense drumming is fist-pumping metal goodness like no other!
  • Major themes: Fantasy, heavy metal, horror, monsters, dystopia, freedom, rebellion, life, death, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Walls Of Jericho"
  2. "Ride The Sky"
  3. "Reptile"
  4. "Guardians"
  5. "Phantom Of Death"
  6. "Metal Invaders"
  7. "Gorgar"
  8. "Heavy Metal (Is The Law)"
  9. "How Many Tears"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: SaltFire Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: https://www.saltfirebrewing.com/
  • Brew: Füry Kölsch 
  • Style: German Kölsch
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.3%
  • Ingredients: German Pilsner, Kölsch Malt, Munich, and Red Wheat Malt, Palisade, Loral, Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops, and Kölsch Yeast
  • Pour: The Füry Kölsch pours a clear and bubbly golden-straw hue with a frothy, bright white, 1+ finger head with good sustain and lots of sticky, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is grainy, grassy, earthy, and fruity.  There are aromas of cracked wheat, June grass, fresh hay, light pine, citrusy hops, orange peel, lemon zest, light apple, and a hint of honey.
  • Taste: The taste of the Füry Kölsch is a refreshing blend of grainy, grassy, fruity, and citrusy flavors.  There are notes of toasted malt, crackery biscuit, lemon zest, light apple, and a touch of honey.  
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: The SaltFire Füry Kölsch is a crisp, well-balanced, refreshing, and crushable brew that goes down easy, yet is still wonderfully complex, making it a great companion to the metal punch of Helloween's "Walls Of Jericho"!  'Nuff said!


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