Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20th, 2022 - Diabolical Puddles?


Guten abend!  The Meista here again with another killer brew and killer album pairing for ya my friends!  Tonight, I'm rocking out to German thrash metal legends, Destruction and their latest album, "Diabolical" along with a crisp and tasty Puddle Pale Ale with Citra Hops from Bombastic Brewing!  Oh, hell yeah!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Destruction
  • Title: "Diabolical"
  • Recorded: Early 2021 at Little Creek Studio in Switzerland; backing vocals recorded at Gernhart Studios in Troisdorf, Germany 
    Release date: April 8th, 2022 (15th studio album by Destruction)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Schmier and VO Pulver
  • Album cover art: Gyula Havancsá 
  • Personnel: Randy Black (drums), Damir (lead guitars and backing vocals), Furia (guitars and backing vocals), and Schmier (bass and vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Alex Camargo (vocals on "Black Metal")
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: This is classic Destruction!  The songs are characterized by fiery fast guitar riffs, machine gun fire drumming, and thunderous bass along with Schmier's aggressive broken glass and gravel vocals.  Sheer German thrash metal perfection!!
  • Major themes: Violence, socio-political criticism, deception, freedom, disillusionment, apathy, anger, death, torment, heavy metal, evil, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Under The Spell"
  2. "Diabolical"
  3. "No Faith In Humanity"
  4. "Repent Your Sins"
  5. "Hope Dies Last"
  6. "The Last Of A Dying Breed"
  7. "State Of Apathy"
  8. "Tormented Soul"
  9. "Servant Of The Beast"
  10. "The Lonely Wolf"
  11. "Ghost From The Past"
  12. "Whoreification"
  13. "City Baby Attacked By Rats (GBH cover)

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Bombastic Brewing (Hayden, Idaho)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Puddle Pale Ale with Citra Hops 
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 31
  • Pour: The Puddle Pale pours a hazy, bright golden yellow with a fairly thin, but firm, bright white head with light, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, floral, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, pineapple, mango, light pine resin, pale grains, cereal grains, crackery biscuit, summer grass, and soft caramel. 
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Puddle Pale is hoppy, citrusy, grainy, grassy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of barley grain, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with a rather clean, yet slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The very crushable, crisp, hoppy, and malty flavors and aromas of the Puddle Pale Ale are
 the perfect beer for an evening of heavy duty headbanging with Destruction's killer "Diabolical"!  The bitter, hoppy notes are great for the aggressive machine gun fire guitars and drums, while the sweeter malt aromas and flavors are a great foil to Schmier's gravely and angry vocals!

And make sure to catch Destruction out on tour right now, with Nervosa if you can!  Killer show!!  You won't be sorry!!

Prost!!  Hails!!

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