Sunday, May 22, 2022

May 22nd, 2022 - A Persona Non Grata In The High Court


Hello and happy Sunday hop heads and headbangers!  The Meista here tonight getting wild with a pairing of "Persona Non Grata", the latest album by thrash legends, Exodus and a tasty and juicy High Court Hazy from the fine folks at Fisher Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Exodus
  • Title: "Persona Non Grata"
  • Recorded: 2021 at Tom Hunting's Garage in Lake Almanor, California and Trident Studios in Pacheco, California
  • Release date: November 19th, 2021 (11th studio album by Exodus)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Exodus 
  • Album cover art: Pär Olofsson
  • Personnel: Lee Altus (guitars), Jack Gibson (bass), Gary Holt (guitars and backing vocals), Tom Hunting (drums and backing vocals), and Steve "Zetro" Souza (lead vocals)
  • Guest musician: Rick Hunolt (lead guitar and backing vocals on "Lunatic-Liar-Lord"), Kragen Lum (lead guitar on "Lunatic-Liar-Lord"), Cody Souza (backing vocals), and Nick Souza (backing vocals) 
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: With fiery fast guitar riffs, thunderous bass, machine gun fire drumming, and rage-filled screams, with "Persona Non Grata", Exodus proves yet again that they are a thrash metal juggernaut, crushing everything in its way!
  • Major themes: Rage, insanity, violence, hate, death, suffering, manipulation, etc. 
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Persona Non Grata"
  2. "R.E.M.F."
  3. "Slipping Into Madness"
  4. "Elitist"
  5. "Prescribing Horror"
  6. "The Beatings Will Continue (Until Morale Improves)"
  7. "The Years Of Death And Dying"
  8. "Clickbait"
  9. "Cosa del pantano"
  10. "Lunatic-Liar-Lord"
  11. "The Fires Of Division"
  12. "Antiseed"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
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  • Brew: High Court Hazy
  • Style: East Coast Pale Ale
  • Serving: 32 ounce "crowler" can
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • Ingredients: Galaxy, Citra, Mosaic, and Strata hops 
  • Pour: The High Court Hazy pours a very murky and hazy, golden-caramel amber hue with a hefty 1+ finger, off-white, frothy, and firm head with great retention and loads of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a wonderfully aromatic blend of citrus with more subtle tropical fruit, floral, and grassy characteristics.  There are big aromas of grapefruit rind and juice, orange zest, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, crackery grain, barley, wildflowers, and light caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the High Court Hazy follows the nose with lots of tasty citrusy and slightly tropical fruit hop flavor along with floral and grassy notes.  There are notes of orange juice, grapefruit juice, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, summer grass, and light caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the High Court Hazy is very crisp, juicy, and refreshing, yet smooth with a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: The delicious, bright, and invitingly punchy aromas and flavors of the Fisher High Court Hazy are perfect for the thrash metal insanity that is the mighty EXODUS!  Those bright, juicy flavors go great with the screaming guitars and vocals while the maltier backbone goes great with the heavy duty rhythm section!  I highly recommend both the album and the brew!  'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails!!

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