Saturday, February 11, 2023

February 11th, 2023 - All This Chatter From The Wretched Masquerade


Hello, hails, and happy Saturday!  The Meista here with another killer brew and killer album pairing for ya my friends!  Today, I'm rocking out to Emissary's kick-ass "The Wretched Masquerade" along with a crisp and tasty Chatter Mexican Style Lager from Bombastic Brewing!  Oh, hell yeah!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Emissary
  • Title: "The Wretched Masquerade"
  • Recorded: Late 2021 through early 2022
    Release date: March 25th, 2022 (1st full-length studio album by Emissary)
  • Record company: Independent
  • Production: Emissary
  • Album cover art: Donald Yatomi
  • Personnel: Tim Dahlen (guitars and backing vocals), Charlie Francipane (guitars), Jym Harris (lead vocals), Eric Hoover (drums), and Pete Kinney (bass)
  • Guest musician: Claudeous Creamer (lead guitar on "Ruler Of Defiance") 
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, power metal
  • Sound: Building from the band's '90s sound as well as classic American power metal, Emissary is fast-paced, complex, richly textured, and totally rocking!  
  • Major themes: Darkness, deceit, corruption, society, pain, death, violence, loss, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "The Silent Treatment"
  2. "Chemical Hatred"
  3. "Hypochondriac"
  4. "In Solitude"
  5. "Ruler Of Defiance"
  6. "Out Of Reach"
  7. "Crash & Burn"
  8. "Pine Box (The Art Of War)"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Bombastic Brewing (Hayden, Idaho)
  • Website:
  • BrewChatter Mexican Style Lager
  • Style: Mexican Lager
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.7%
  • Pour: The Chatter pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a fairly thin, but firm, bright white head with light, soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is malty, grainy, sweet, slightly citrusy, and slightly salty.  There are aromas of cereal grains, crackery biscuit, corn, light summer grass, lime peel, a hint of salt, and soft caramel. 
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of the Chatter is malty, grainy, grassy, and slightly sweet.  There are notes of sweet and crackery biscuit, corn, a hint of grassy hops, soft caramel, a splash of lime juice, and a hint of salt in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with good carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth with a clean, yet slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The very crushable flavors and aromas of the Chatter are
 the perfect beer for an evening of heavy duty headbanging with Emissary!  The citrusy notes are great for the aggressive machine gun fire guitars and drums, while the sweeter malt aromas and flavors are a great companion to Harris' soaring vocals!

And if you haven't done so already, check out my interview with Emissary vocalist Jym Harris here:

Cheers!!  Rock on!!

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