Good evening evil-doers and artisan brew fans! Happy Friday! The Meista here tonight Hellhammer's killer EP "Apocalyptic Raids" and I'm pairing it with a tart and tasty Serafina Syrah from SaltFire Brewing Company!
- Artist: Hellhammer
- Title: "Apocalyptic Raids" EP
- Recorded: March 1984 at Caet Studios in Berlin, Germany
- Original release date: March 7th, 1984 (1st studio EP released by Hellhammer); re-released remastered version: April 24th, 2020
- Record company: Noise Records
- Production: Martin E. Ain
- Album cover art: Tom G. Warrior
- Personnel: Martin E. Ain (bass), Denial Fiend (drums), and Tom G. Warrior (guitars and vocals)
- Musical style: Heavy metal, extreme metal, black metal
- Sound: Raw, aggressive, underproduced, yet highly energetic, the sound on Hellhammer's EP "Apocalyptic Raids" is historically fascinating. The song structure is loose, the playing is rather sloppy, the recording is quite low-fi, yet there all sorts of great riffs and hooks.
- Major themes: Evil, darkness, doom, hell, death, mythology, aggression, etc.
- "Third Of The Storms (Evoked Damnation)"
- "Triumph Of Death"
- "Horus / Aggressor"
- "Revelations Of Doom"
- Brewery: SaltFire Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
- Website: https://www.saltfirebrewing.com/
- Brew: Serafina Syrah
- Style: Wild Ale
- Serving: 16 ounce bottle
- ABV: 8.0%
- Ingredients: 2-Row, Utah wheat, Utah oats, and Utah grapes
- Pour: The Serafina Syrah pours a deep maroon-wine red with a very, very thin, white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lacing.
- Nose: The nose is sweet, tart, floral, and fruity. There are aromas of grape juice, Merlot, red wine vinegar, plum, wild flowers, light grain, light honey, and oak.
- Taste: The taste of the Serafina Syrah is a refreshingly tart blend of fruity, earthy, sour, and sweet flavors. There are notes of chunky Merlot, sweet red grapes, light lemon, red wine vinegar, cherry juice, plum, a hint of cracked wheat, and light honey.
- Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp and juicy, yet somewhat thick and rather tart with a very dry, lip-puckering finish.
Overall pairing: The SaltFire Serafina Syrah is a well-balanced, tart, sweet, and juicy brew that goes down easy, making it a great foil to the wild aggression and raw energy of the mighty and infernal Hellhammer! Also, Serafina is Hebrew for "burning ones", which I think goes well with the album's title. Like the brew, "Apocalyptic Raids" may not be for everyone, but I really love that early, low-fi extreme metal sound as well as tart wild ales. 'Nuff said!
Proscht!! Salute!! Hails!!