Friday, June 18, 2021

June 18th, 2021 - "Lethal Legacy": An Interview With Matt Harvey

 

Hello there metal brethren!  Your headbanging drinking buddy the Meista here with another killer interview for you!  I had the great pleasure this week of chatting with the incredibly talented, hard working, forthcoming, and very friendly Matt Harvey, guitarist and vocalist of Exhumed, Gruesome, etc.!  We discussed what he's working on as of late, his history as a metal musician, as well as comic books, beer, and metal in general.  Hell yeah!  Here's a link to that video interview in its entirety: https://youtu.be/4gKQraXaaMw!

Enjoy!!


Make sure to check out Exhumed at:
Check out Gruesome at:
And check out Matt's page at:


Cheers and Hails!!   \m/  \m/


*Special thanks to Jerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June 16th, 2021 - Hit The Grit And Pray

 



Good evening!  Your heavy metal drinking buddy the Meista here with another kick-ass pairing for ya!  Tonight I'm pairing "Pray", the wonderfully aggressive sophomore album by Florida death metal/thrash metal band Solstice and a crisp and juicy Hit the Grit IPA from the fine folks at Ogden River Brewing Company!


Album Info:
  • Artist: Solstice
  • Title: "Pray"
  • Recorded: 1995 at The Studio in Miami, Florida
  • Release date: 1995 (2nd full-length studio album by Solstice) / remixed in 2011 by Dennis Munoz and rereleased in 2012
  • Record company: Steamhammer (original) / Thrash Corner Records (2012 remix)
  • Production: Solstice
  • Album cover art: Bruce Pennington (art) and Kelly Ross (logo)
  • Personnel: Alex Marquez (drums), Dennis Munoz (guitars), Christian Rudes (guitars and vocals), and Garret Scott (bass)
  • Musical style: Death metal, thrash metal
  • Sound: Combining thrash rhythms with death metal phrases, the tracks on "Pray" are an amalgamation of unbridled aggression!  The approach finds the band laying down heavy blast and stomping beats, atonal fretting leads, and fiery staccato jabs... a wonderful blend of early '80s thrash and early '90s death!
  • Major themes: Death, society, social injustice, suffering, darkness, pain, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "The Unseen"
  2. "Denial"
  3. "Pray"
  4. "All Life Lost"
  5. "Freedom Denied"
  6. "Closeminded Failure"
  7. "Depression"
  8. "Bleeding Unborn"
  9. "One At A Time"
  10. "Eyes See Red"


    Brew Info:
    • Brewery: Ogden Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
    • Website: https://ogdenriverbrewing.com/ 
    • Brew: Hit the Grit IPA
    • Style: New England Style India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
    • Serving: 32 ounce crawler can
    • ABV: 5.0%
    • IBUs: 39
    • Ingredients: Idaho 7, Citra, and Idaho Gem hops
    • Pour: The Hit the Grit pours a very hazy, pale straw yellow hue with a billowy and firm, half-finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.
    • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, dank, resinous, earthy, and floral.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange juice, mango, pine resin, wild flowers, thyme, cannabis, crackery biscuit, and soft caramel.
    • Taste: The taste of the Hit the Grit follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, earthy, and pungent flavors.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango, papaya, berries, pine, fresh herbs, and light caramel. 
    • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Hit the Grit is very crisp and juicy with a rather dry, somewhat bitter finish.

    Overall pairing: The Ogden River Hit the Grit is a punchy, complex, and flavorful brew... great for the intense metal onslaught that is Solstice's "Pray"!  Those bitter and earthy pine notes are perfect for the aggressive tones and angry lyrics, while the brighter, fruitier notes work well with the fiery guitar riffs and solos.  'Nuff said!!
        

    Cheers and hails!!

    Monday, June 14, 2021

    June 14th, 2021 - Peppermint Patty Is A Master Of Reality

     


    Good evening evil-doers!  The Meista here tonight getting dark and a little evil with a long-time favorite album of mine... Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality"!  I'm pairing it with a limited release Peppermint Patty Pastry Stout from Uinta Brewing Company!


    Album Info:

    • Artist: Black Sabbath
    • Title: "Master Of Reality"
    • Recorded: February through April 1971 at Island Studios in London, England
      Release date: July 21st, 1971 (3rd studio album by Black Sabbath)
    • Record company: Vertigo Records
    • Production: Rodger Bain
    • Album cover art: Mike Stanfod
    • Personnel: Geezer Butler (bass guitar), Tony Iommi (guitar, synthesizer on "After Forever", and flute and piano on "Solitude"), Ozzy Osbourne (lead vocals), and  Bill Ward (drums and percussion)
    • Musical style: Heavy metal, hard rock, doom metal, stoner rock
    • Sound: Heavy, haunting, brilliant... Black Sabbath's 3rd album is maybe the all-time definitive doom metal/stoner rock album!  Drummer Bill Ward called it "an exploratory album".  And that it is!  Revolutionary in approach, the down-tuned guitars and bass created an "heaving-lung sound" that had never been heard before.  Good lord, that guitar work of Iommi is both brutal and beautiful!!
    • Major themes: Marijuana, happiness, sadness, death, darkness, evil, impending doom, solitude, etc.
    • Notes: Of the album, Ozzy once stated, "apart from the fact that Tony detuned his guitar to make it easier to play, Geezer wrote 'Sweet Leaf' about all the dope we'd been smoking, and 'Children Of The Grave' was the most kick-ass song we'd ever recorded."
    • Tracks:  
    1. "Sweet Leaf"
    2. "After Forever"
    3. "Embryo"
    4. "Children Of The Grave"
    5. "Orchid"
    6. "Lord Of This World"
    7. "Solitude"
    8. "Into The Void"


    Brew Info:

    • Brewery: Uinta Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
    • Website: http://uintabrewing.com/
    • Brew: Peppermint Patty Pastry Stout
    • Style: Flavored Pastry Stout
    • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
    • ABV: 8.5%
    • IBUs: 18
    • SRM: 32
    • Ingredients: Apollo hops, Midnight Wheat, Golden Naked Oats, Chocolate Malt, C-40 Malt, Flaked Oats, and lactose
    • Pour: The Peppermint Patty pours a deep, opaque black chocolate with a thin, but well-sustained and creamy, light mocha-colored head.
    • Nose: The nose is rich, sweet, minty, chocolatey, and complex.  There are notes of peppermint, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, cocoa bean, vanilla bean, cream, and light espresso.
    • Taste: The taste is multi-layered with minty, sweet, deep roasted malt flavors, and velvety chocolate.  There are big flavors of refreshing peppermint and rich milk chocolate, along with more subtle flavors of dark roasted Colombian coffee mixed with baker's bitter-sweet dark cocoa, and  marshmallow, vanilla bean, and very subtle hints of black licorice.
    • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very low carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Peppermint Patty is velvety thick, creamy, and smooth with some light bitterness, and like "Master Of Reality," the finish is mellow and satisfying. 


    Overall pairing: Trying to describe the complexity and brilliance of Black Sabbath's "Master Of Reality" and how it pairs so well to Peppermint Patty Pastry Stout from Uinta Brewing Company is like trying to describe the color red to a blind man.  You just have to listen, you just have to taste. 

    Hails!!

    Saturday, June 12, 2021

    June 12th, 2021 - "Casting The Die": An Interview With Alex Marquez Of Solstice!

     


    Hey there hellions and headbangers!  Your heavy metal drinking buddy the Meista here with another killer interview for you!  I had the great pleasure yesterday of talking with Alex Marquez, the drummer of the legendary death/thrash metal band Solstice, as well as Wreck-Defy and Malevolent Creation (among others)!  Hell yeah!  Here's a link to that video interview in its entirety, unedited and uncut: https://youtu.be/MMjyl0-4B40!

    Enjoy!!


    Make sure to check out the latest Solstice album "Casting The Die" at:

    Cheers and Hails!!   \m/  \m/


    *Special thanks to John Thomas for setting up this interview, Jerry Howard for creating the Brews and Tunes intro video and to DiseNgaged for the use of their song "The Real Me" (copyright 2020)

    June 12th, 2021 - Tū And A Pilsnah For The Koala Express

     


    Ahiahi pai!  The Meista here today pairing the brilliant debut album "Tu" by kickass New Zealand metal band Alien Weaponry and a crisp and delicious Koala Express New Zealand Pilsner from Ogden River Brewing Company!

    Album Info:
    • Artist: Alien Weaponry
    • Title: "Tū"
    • Recorded: 2016 through 2018
    • Release date: June 1st, 2018 (debut full-length studio album by Alien Weaponry)
    • Record company: Napalm Records
    • Production: Michael Cotterman, Robin de Jong, Kieran Gilsenan, Simon Gooding, Lokky Kamp, Tom Larkin, Troy Rawhiti-Forbes, Bradley Walker, and Slomp Whanau
    • Album cover art: Alien Weaponry (concept), Barny Bewick (design), and Hammerhead (tattoo design)
    • Personnel: Henry de Jong (drums, conch shell, backing vocals), Lewis de Jong (guitars, wood flute, lead and backing vocals), and Ethan Trembath (bass, conch shell, backing vocals)
    • Musical style: Thrash metal, groove metal, heavy metal, Māori folk music
    • Sound: With influence from Sepultura, Soulfly, and the Māori culture, Alien Weaponry's sound combines powerful groove metal with thrash and tribal intensity!  I really love this album... fist-pumping, head-banging metal goodness!!
    • Major themes: With songs about the Boyd Massacre, the Bay of Islands, English colonialism, the battle at Pukehinahina/Gate Pa, etc., themes on the album include Māori culture, lore, and history, life and death, violence, oppression, rebellion, power, aggression, anger, reality, racism, loss, courage, social media manipulation, etc.
    • Tracks:   
    1. "Whaikōrero"
    2. "Rū Ana Te Whenua"
    3. "Holding My Breath"
    4. "Raupatu"
    5. "Kai Tangata"
    6. "Rage - It Takes Over Again"
    7. "The Things That You Know"
    8. "Whispers"
    9. "PC Bro"
    10. "Urutaa"
    11. "Nobody Here"
    12. "Te Ara"
    13. "Hypocrite"


      Brew Info:
      • Brewery: Ogden Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
      • Website: https://ogdenriverbrewing.com/ 
      • Brew: Koala Express New Zealand Pilsner
      • Style: German Pilsner with New Zealand hops
      • Serving: 32 ounce crawler can
      • ABV: 5.0%
      • IBUs: 38
      • Pour: The Koala Express pours a clear pale gold yellow hue with a billowy, 2-finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky lacing.
      • Nose: The nose is grainy, grassy, and fruity.  There are aromas of German Pilsner malt, cracked wheat, light barley, hints of gooseberry and lime peel, June grass, and a light hint of honey.
      • Taste: The taste of the Koala Express follows the nose with cracker like malt flavors along with hints of fruit and  and moderate bitterness.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, grassy hops, light lime juice, and light gooseberry. 
      • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the mouthfeel of the Koala Express is very crisp and very refreshing with a rather dry, slightly bitter, yet clean finish.

      Overall pairing: The lyrical power, crunch of guitars, and thunder of the tribal rhythm section on "Tū" is even more intense when accompanied by the crisp, easy-drinking flavors of the Koala Express New Zealand Pilsner!  Throw a few of these tasty brews back and rock the hell out!  'Nuff said!!
          

      Cheers, Kia Ora, and hails!!

      Thursday, June 10, 2021

      June 10th, 2021 - Ghosts Of Sego And Of Horror



      Good afternoon evil-doers!  The Meista here today with another kick-ass pairing for ya!  I'm pairing Exhumed's wonderful 2019 album, "Horror" with a bold and tasty Ghosts Of Sego Barrel-Aged Maibock from Uinta Brewing Company!


      Album Info:

      • Artist: Exhumed
      • Title: "Horror"
      • Recorded: 2019
        Release date: October 4th, 2019 (8th studio album by Exhumed)
      • Record company: Relapse Records
      • Production: Alejandro Corredor 
      • Album cover art: 
      • Personnel: Mike Hamilton (drums), Matt Harvey (guitars and vocals), Sebastian Phillips (guitars), and Ross Sewage (bass and vocals) 
      • Musical style: Death metal, thrash metal, gorecore
      • Sound: "Horror" is Exhumed version of a mid-80s thrash album.  It still has their brutal signature death metal/grind vibe, but it definitely has that fast-paced, guitar-driven, machine gun attack metal feel of the early thrash metal scene.  The songs are fast and tight and a sheer joy to experience!  Killer stuff!
      • Major themes: With lyrics steeped in classic monster movies and 1980s horror films, themes on the album include murder, death, the undead, insanity, blood, gore, monsters, evil, pathology, etc.
      • Tracks:  
      1. "Unsound"
      2. "Ravenous Cadavers"
      3. "Scream Out In Fright"
      4. "The Red Death"
      5. "Utter Mutilation Of Your Corpse"
      6. "Slaughter Maniac"
      7. "Ripping Death"
      8. "Clawing"
      9. "Naked, Screaming, And Covered In Blood"
      10. "Playing With Fear"
      11. "Dead Meat"
      12. "Rabid"
      13. "In The Mouth Of Hell"
      14. "Shattered Sanity"
      15. "Re-Animated"


      Brew Info:

      • Brewery: Uinta Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
      • Website: http://uintabrewing.com/
      • Brew: Ghosts of Sego Barrel-Aged Maibock
      • Style: Maibock
      • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
      • ABV: 8.2%
      • IBUs: 24
      • SRM: 5.0
      • Ingredients: 2-Row and Munich malts with Hallertau hops
      • Pour: The Ghosts of Sego pours a slightly cloudy, dark bronze-amber color with a thin, but firm eggshell white head with good retention and light lacing.
      • Nose: The nose is fruity, malty, and earthy.  There are aromas of sweet apple, light pear, graham cracker, rich coffee, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon.
      • Taste: The taste follows the nose with lots of earthy, fruity, and malty flavors.  There are notes of graham cracker, sweet biscuit, crisp apple, earthy coffee, and a hint of woody bourbon.
      • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Ghosts of Sego is crisp, yet smooth and creamy with a dry, slightly boozy finish. 


      Overall pairing: The Uinta Ghosts of Sego Barrel-Aged Maibock is an interesting take on the traditional German Maibock.  It has that smooth drinkability of a traditional Maibock, but the coffee and bourbon flavors give it an extra kick... great for the aggressive metal attack and horror imagery of Exhumed's latest!  I also love the imagery of the wonderfully freaky "Horror" album cover juxtaposed against the very cool Ghosts of Sego label! 


      Hails!!

      Tuesday, June 8, 2021

      June 8th, 2021 - The Witch Of The North Is One Big Mother!

       





      Guten abend and hails metal brethren! If you are going to go big, you go freakin' BIG!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here tonight getting heavy and aggressive with a pairing of "The Witch Of The North", the latest kick-ass album by Swiss metallers Burning Witches and a Big Mother Triple India Pale Ale Anniversary Ale from Mother Earth Brew Company!

       
      Album Info:
      • Artist: Burning Witches
      • Title: "The Witch Of The North"
      • Recorded: 
      • Release date: May 28th, 2021 (4th studio album from Burning Witches)
      • Record company: Nuclear Blast
      • Production: Schmier 
      • Album cover art: Claudio Bergamín 
      • Personnel: Larissa Ernst (guitars), Lala Frischknecht (drums), Jeanine Grob (bass), Laura Guldemond (vocals), and Romana Kalkuhl (guitars)  
      • Musical style: Heavy metal, power metal
      • Sound: Heavy, energetic, totally rocking, and full of great hooks and melodies, Burning Witches' 4th album is a powerhouse of an album in the classic metal tradition of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Dio, and Doro!  Guldemond's soaring vocals work wonderfully well over the tapestry of the fiery, heavy-duty punch of Kalhuhl's and Ernst's guitars, while Frischknecht and Grob lay down a thunderous rhythm!  This is everything I love about power metal!!
      • Major themes: Witchcraft, the occult, power, unity, mythology, fantasy, winter, etc.
      • Tracks:   
      1. "Winter's Wrath"
      2. "The Witch Of The North"
      3. "Tainted Ritual"
      4. "We Stand As One"
      5. "Flight Of The Valkyries"
      6. "The Circle Of Five"
      7. "Lady Of The Woods"
      8. "Thrall"
      9. "Omen"
      10. "Nine Worlds"
      11. "For Eternity"
      12. "Dragon's Dream"
      13. "Eternal Frost"
      14. "Hall of the Mountain King" (Savatage cover)

       Brew Info:
      • Brewery: Mother Earth Brew Company (Vista, California)
      • Website: http://motherearthbrewco.com/
      • Brew: Big Mother
      • Style: Triple India Pale Ale (TIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
      • Serving: 16 ounce can
      • ABV: 10.5%
      • IBUs: 125
      • Pour: The Big Mother pours a hazy bronze-amber hue with a half-finger, off-white head with great retention and delicate lacing.
      • Nose: The nose is floral, earthy, dank, fruity, and malty.  It is chalk full of notes of pine resin, wild flowers, pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind, black tea, soft caramel malt, cedar, and booze.
      • Taste: The taste of the Big Mother follows the nose with bold pine, floral hops, citrus, and malt flavors.  There are big notes of pine resin, cedar, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and booze with a strong malty backbone.
      • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with lower carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Big Mother is thick, sticky, and resinous with a dry, bitter finish. 

      Overall pairing: Mother Earth's Big Mother is bold, hop-forward ass-kicker... perfect for the aggression, musical prowess, and unbridled intensity of Burning Witches' latest album, "The Witch Of The North"!  The bitterness and punchiness of the Big Mother is right in line with darker lyrics and Guldemond's amazing vocal acrobatics while the big, thick, boozy and malty backbone embodies the delivery of these mighty musicians!

      HAILS and PROST!!  Keep it craft and keep it heavy!!