Tuesday, April 18, 2023

April 18th, 2023 - The Paradox Of Neutrino Oscillations


Hey there evil-doers and hop freaks!  The Meista here pairing "Paradox", the brilliant album by death metal band Nocturnus A.D. and a crisp and citrusy Neutrino Pale Ale from Equilibrium Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Nocturnus A.D.
  • Title: "Paradox"
  • Recorded: 2019 at New Constellation Studios in Tampa, Florida 
  • Release date: May 24th, 2019 (1st studio album by Nocturnus A.D.)
  • Record company: Profound Lore Records 
  • Production: Jarrett Pritchard
  • Album cover art: Timbul Cahyono
  • Personnel: Mike Browning (drums and lead vocals), Demian Heftel (guitars), Josh Holdren (keyboards), Belial Koblak (guitars and backing vocals), and Daniel Tucker (bass)
  • Musical style: Death metal, technical death metal, progressive death metal
  • Sound: With "Paradox", Nocturnus A.D. incorporates keyboards, sound effects, and science fiction-themed lyrics into traditional death metal and continues the story and sound from the brilliant 1990 Nocturnus album "The Key".
  • Major themes: A concept album continuing the story about a cyborg traveling back in time to destroy Christianity, themes on the album include anti-religion, hell, time travel, the occult, darkness, violence, survival, ritual, death, destruction, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Seizing The Throne"
  2. "The Bandar Sign"
  3. "Paleolithic"
  4. "Precession Of The Equinoxes"
  5. "The Antechamber"
  6. "The Return Of The Lost Key"
  7. "Apotheosis"
  8. "Aeon Of The Ancient Ones"
  9. "Number 9"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Equilibrium Brewing Company (Middletown, New York)
  • Website: https://www.eqbrew.com/
  • Brew: Neutrino Pale Ale
  • Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Pour: The Neutrino Pale Ale pours a very hazy, bright, golden yellow with a frothy, bright white, 2+ finger head with great sustain and lots of sudsy, sticky, and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by citrusy, fruity, grainy, and subtle sweetness.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange juice, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, mango, crackery grains, herbal tea, summer grass, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Neutrino Pale Ale follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, and more subtle malt flavors.  There are notes of tangerine, orange juice and zest, pineapple, light strawberry, crackery biscuit, and softer toffee notes.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, refreshing, and juicy with a dry, slightly bitter, yet clean finish.

Overall pairing: The Neutrino Pale Ale is a delightfully crisp, juicy, low ABV, yet punchy brew... a great beer for crushing whilst raising your horns and banging your head to the ingenuity and ingenious sound and concepts of Nocturnus A.D.'s amazing "Paradox"!

Cheers and hails!!

And make sure to check out my interview with Mike Browning from a couple years back: https://youtu.be/Y7x53ZiW7bE 

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