Saturday, August 6, 2022

August 6th, 2022 - The United Haze Of Anarchy

 




Good evening and hails metal maniacs!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here tonight with a killer pairing of Evildead's kick-ass "United States Of Anarchy" and a tasty United Haze Of America Pale Ale, the latest offering from my good friends at Fisher Brewing Company!  


Album Info:
  • Artist: Evildead
  • Title: "United States Of Anarchy"
  • Recorded: November 8th through 10th, 2019 at Pawnshop Recording Studios in Van Nys, December 2019 through March 2020 at Skull Seven California in North Hollywood, California, and January 11th, 2020 at X Music Studios in Inglewood, California 
  • Release date: October 30th, 2020 (3rd full-length studio release by Evildead)
  • Record company: Steamhammer
  • Production: Bill Metoyer 
  • Album cover art: Ed Repka
  • Personnel: Rob Alaniz (drums), Phil Flores (vocals), Juan Garcia (guitars), Albert Gonzalez (guitars), and Karlos Medina (bass) 
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: With that classic Evildead sound, songs on "United States Of Anarchy" are fast, furious, and steeped in the California thrash of the 1980s!
  • Major themes: Politically charged, themes and subjects on the album include social issues, political issues, corruption, greed, violence, war, destruction, the evils of organized religion, etc.
  • Tracks: 
    1. "The Descending"
    2. "Word Of God"
    3. "Napoleon Complex"
    4. "Greenhouse"
    5. "Without A Cause"
    6. "No Difference"
    7. "Blasphemy Divine"
    8. "A.O.P. / War Dance"
    9. "Seed Of Doubt"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://fisherbeer.com/
  • Brew: United Haze Of America
  • Style: New England-style Hazy American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce "crowler" can
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • IBUs: 30
  • Ingredients: Strata hops 
  • Pour: The United Haze Of America pours a very murky and hazy, golden-caramel amber hue with a hefty half-finger, off-white, frothy, and firm head with great retention and loads of intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a wonderfully aromatic blend of floral and citrus hops with more subtle tropical fruit and malty characteristics.  There are big aromas of grapefruit rind and juice, orange zest, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, crackery grain, barley, wildflowers, and caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the United Haze Of America follows the nose with lots of tasty citrusy and slightly tropical fruit hop flavor along with floral and malty notes.  There are notes of orange juice, grapefruit juice, tangerine, mango, peach, apricot, black tea, and toffee/caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and well carbonated, the mouthfeel of the United Haze Of America is very crisp, juicy, and refreshing, yet smooth with a dry, clean finish.

Overall Pairing: The United Haze Of America is a very tasty, juicy, and crushable brew... a perfect companion to the thrashing intensity that is the mighty Evildead!  And what better way to crush 32 ounces of tastiness than with a night of intense headbanging to the kick-ass tracks on "United States Of Anarchy"!  'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails!!

And if you haven't done so already, check out my interview with Evildead drummer Rob Alaniz here: https://youtu.be/geo86sqEm9E 

Friday, August 5, 2022

August 5th, 2022 - Summoning The Gumberoo Through Thaumogenesis

 




Hello and happy Friday craft beer freaks and my metal brethren!  The Meista here today with another killer pairing for ya... I'm pairing Shed The Skin's kickass "Thaumogenesis" and a bold and punchy Gumberoo West Coast India Pale Ale from Rogue Ales!  Hell yeah!

  
Album Info: 

  • Artist: Shed The Skin
  • Title: "Thaumogenesis"
  • Recorded: 2022 at Mercinary Studios
  • Release date: May 27th, 2022 (4th full-length studio album by Shed The Skin)
  • Record company: Hells Headbangers Records
  • Production: Noah Buchanan and Shed The Skin
  • Album cover art: Justin Meyers 
  • Personnel: Kyle Severn (drums), Matt Sorg (guitars), Ed Stephens (bass), and Ash Thomas (guitars and vocals)
  • Musical style: Death metal with elements of thrash and black metal
  • Sound: Blending straight-forward traditional death metal with elements of thrash and doom, with "Thaumogenesis", Shed The Skin displays not only their vast musical prowess, but provides a richly textured and powerful musical statement... their best yet! 
  • Major themes: With songs about "Scottish pagan tribal warfare, ancient Persian goddess worship, Mongolian/Siberia sacrificial rites, Belarusian shapeshifting rituals, Judean/Arab conquests, Roman ritual curses, Hindu death cults, and classic demonology", themes on the album include death, evil, darkness, the occult, paganism, violence, insanity, power, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Ingress-Thaumogenesis"
  2. "She Of Urgarit"
  3. "Invincible In Iron"
  4. "Slaughtered In The Solar Eclipse"
  5. "Hounds Of Orrea"
  6. "Quenched From Kapala"
  7. "Blood Runs Red"
  8. "Blades Of The Lightning Altar"
  9. "Snow Forest Sacrifice"
  10. "Voces Mysticae-Egress"


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Rogue Ales
  • Website: http://www.rogue.com/
  • Brew: Gumberoo West Coast India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 6.8%
  • IBUs: 66 
  • Ingredients: 2-Row, Munich, and Wheat malts with Mosaic, Simcoe, Belma, and Idaho 7 hops, and Pacman Yeast 
  • Pour: The Gumberoo West Coast India Pale Ale pours a clear, golden amber hue with a frothy, 2+ finger, eggshell white head with great sustain and lot of layered and intricate soapy lacing throughout.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by lots of tropical fruit and citrus aromas along with bold malty notes.  There are big aromas of melon, orange peel, tangerine, grapefruit rind, mango, pineapple, barley, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Gumberoo West Coast India Pale Ale follows the nose with lots of citrus and tropical fruit flavors along with sweet malts.  There are notes of juicy cantaloupe, orange juice and pith, tangerine, pink grapefruit juice, hints of mango, herbal tea, a hint of vanilla, barley, biscuit, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the Gumberoo West Coast India Pale Ale is crisp, smooth, and refreshing, yet hearty with a slightly bitter and dry finish.

Overall pairing: Rogue's Gumberoo's bold and intricate flavors and aromas go so great with the aggression and intensity of "Thaumogenesis"!  The fiery and soaring guitar work of Sorg and Thomas shines even brighter with the sweeter notes of the brew, while that bitter punch is right in line with the guttural vocals of Thomas and the sweet and hearty malt backbone is great for Severn's thunderous drumming and Stephens' intricate bass work!

Cheers and hails!!

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

August 3rd, 2022 - Allied Juice Forces

 



Hey there rockers, rollers, and hoppy beer lovers!  Your pal the Meista here rocking out to another great find from my friends at Lavender Vinyl in Ogden, Utah and a tasty brew... how's 'bout some "Allied Forces" from Canadian rockers Triumph and a Voodoo Ranger Juice Force IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company?!  Oh yeah!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Triumph
  • Title: "Allied Forces"
  • Recorded: April through August 1981 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  • Release date: September 19th, 1981 (5th studio album by Triumph)
  • Record company: RCA / TML / Attic
  • Production: Triumph
  • Album cover art: Brian Zick
  • Personnel: Rik Emmett (six string guitar, twelve string guitar, bottleneck slide guitar, lap steel guitar, and lead and background vocals), Mike Levine (bass, organ, synthesizer, and piano), and Gil Moore (drums, percussion, and lead and background vocals)
  • Guest musicians: Elaine Overholt (background vocals)
  • Musical style: Hard rock, heavy metal
  • Sound: Radio-friendly, yet rich in musical integrity and skill, Triumph's "Allied Forces" is probably their defining album in terms of sound and their most recognizable.  Emmett's guitar playing is so damned inspiring on this album!  And his and Moore's vocals really grab you right from the start.  Levine's bass and keyboard work is wonderfully powerful as well!
  • Major themes: Love, desire, rock and roll, the love of music, being true to yourself, life, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Fool For Your Love"
  2. "Magic Power"
  3. "Air Raid"
  4. "Allied Forces"
  5. "Hot Time (In This City Tonight)"
  6. "Fight The Good Fight"
  7. "Ordinary Man"
  8. "Petite Etude"
  9. "Say Goodbye"


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: New Belgium Brewing Company (Colorado)
  • Website: https://www.newbelgium.com/ 
  • Brew: Voodoo Ranger Juice Force IPA
  • Style: Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA) / Double IPA (DIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 9.5%
  • IBUs: 30
  • Ingredients: Mosaic, Chinook, Phato, Galaxy, Strata, Lotus, and Sabro hops with Pale, Oats, and Wheat malts 
  • Pour: The Juice Force IPA pours a very hazy, bright golden-yellow with a frothy, bright white, 1-finger head with good retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very floral, citrusy, earthy, herbal, and slightly boozy.  There are aromas of wildflowers, green hop flowers, fresh pineapple, mango, grapefruit rind, tangerine, freshly squeezed orange juice, orange pith and zest, caramel, and a hint of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Juice Force IPA follows the nose with lots of punchy, hop-forward, citrusy flavors.  There are notes of pineapple, orange juice, pink grapefruit juice, tangerine, and caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and moderately carbonated, the Juice Force IPA's mouthfeel is very crisp and juicy with a dry and slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: The punchy and hoppy elements of Voodoo Ranger Juice Force IPA is great for the true rockin' goodness that is Triumph's "Allied Forces"!  Those bright, citrusy notes really go great with the power, intensity, and beauty that is found on every single track of this underappreciated and very influential album!

Cheers!!

Monday, August 1, 2022

August 1st, 2022 - "[Their] Story So Far": An Interview With Lorenzo Testa & Silvano Ancellotti Of Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards

 

Hello there rockers and rollers!  Your favorite hard rockin' drinkin' buddy the Meista here with another killer interview for you!  recently had the great pleasure of chatting with the incredibly friendly and incredibly talented Lorenzo Testa (banjo and mandolin) and Silvano Ancellotti (guitars) of Celtic rock band Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards!  Hell yeah!  Here's a link to that video in its entirety:  https://youtu.be/svBvf5-tvNk


Enjoy!!


Make sure to check out Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards at:
Cin Cin!!  Sláinte!! 


*Photo by Filippo De Dionigi
**Special thanks to Jamie Winters for designing the Brews and Tunes logo, 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)

Sunday, July 31, 2022

July 31st, 2022 - Paradise Lost In The Phlow

 


Hello and hails rockers and craft brew lovers!  The Meista here today pairing "Paradise Lost", the kickass album by the mighty Cirith Ungol and a crisp and hoppy Phlow Sunshine IPA from Roadhouse Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!! 



Album Info:
  • Artist: Cirith Ungol
  • Title: "Paradise Lost"
  • Recorded: 1991 at Gold Mine Studios in Ventura, California 
  • Release date: August 23rd, 1991 (4th studio album by Cirith Ungol)
  • Record company: Restless Records / Metal Blade Records
  • Production: Ron Goudie
  • Album cover art: Michael Whelan
  • Personnel: Tim Baker (lead vocals), Jim Barraza (guitars), Robert Garven (drums and percussion), and Vernon Green (bass)
  • Additional musician: Joe Malatesta (guitars and vocals) and Robert L. Warrenburg (bass and backing vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, power metal, doom metal, progressive metal
  • Sound: Characterized by fantasy-based lyrics and a fast-paced, aggressive, and epically doomy musical assault, Cirith Ungol's tunes are a hybrid between late 1970s hard rock and early 1980s heavy metal, very much in the vein of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) bands like Angel Witch, early Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Tygers of Pan Tang.  The songs are monstrous rock classics... powerful, epic, and heavy as hell!
  • Major themes: Fantasy, mythology, sword and sorcery, good vs. evil, life and death, power, destruction, darkness, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Join The Legion"
  2. "The Troll"
  3. "Fire" (Arthur Brown cover)
  4. "Heaven Help Us"
  5. "Before The Lash"
  6. "Go It Alone"
  7. "Chaos Rising"
  8. "Fallen Idols"
  9. "Paradise Lost"
  10. "Join The Legion" (alternate mix bonus track)
  11. "The Troll" (alternate mix bonus track)
  12. "Before The Lash" (alternate mix bonus track)
  13. "Chaos Rising" (alternate mix bonus track)
  14. "Paradise Lost" (alternate mix bonus track)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roadhouse Brewing Company (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
  • Website: http://roadhousebrewery.com/
  • Brew: Phlow Sunshine IPA
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • Ingredients: Vista, Sabro, and Idaho Gem hops
  • Pour: The Phlow Sunshine IPA pours a very hazy, bright yellow-gold with a thin and bubbly, bright white head with good retention and light lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, tropical, and slightly malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, tangerine, orange pith, mango, pineapple, stone fruit, herbal tea, biscuit, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Phlow Sunshine IPA follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, mineral, and light malt flavors.  There are notes of pineapple, orange juice, tangerine, lime, mango, melon, peach, grassy hops, sweet biscuit, and light toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp, juicy, and smooth with a dry, clean finish.

Overall pairing: The Phlow Sunshine IPA is a punchy, yet very drinkable, crushable, and refreshingly crisp brew... great for pairing with the very underrated metal power that is Cirith Ungol!  The complex tropical fruit and citrus flavor of the beer aligns perfectly with the depth and heavy metal purity of the wonderful tracks on "Paradise Lost"!

Cheers and hails!!

And if haven't done so already, check out my interview with Cirith Ungol guitarist Jim Barraza: https://youtu.be/PZim_qal3Mo

Friday, July 29, 2022

July 29th, 2022 - Butchered At Birth In Stillwaters

 



Hello and happy Friday evil-doers and craft brew swillers!  The Meista here getting heavy and aggressive with "Butchered At Birth", the classic sophomore album by Cannibal Corpse and Stillwater Pale Ale from the fine folks at Fisher Brewing Company!


Album Info:

  • Artist: Cannibal Corpse
  • Title: "Butchered At Birth"
  • Recorded: 1991 at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida
  • Release date: June 30th, 1991 (2nd studio album by Cannibal Corpse)
  • Record company: Metal Blade Records
  • Production: Scott Burns
  • Album cover art: Vincent Locke
  • Personnel: Chris Barnes (vocals), Paul Mazurkiewicz (drums), Jack Owen (guitars), Bob Rusay (guitars), and Alex Webster (bass)
  • Guest musician: Glen Benton (backing vocals on "Vomit The Soul")
  • Musical style: Death metal, extreme horror metal
  • Sound: "Butchered At Birth" is the album that really established Cannibal Corpse's trademark death metal sound.  It is an explosive, in-your-face, raw, brutal, and powerfully heavy sonic onslaught!  
  • Major themes: Horror, violence, death, sickness, murder, destruction, evil, zombies, etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Meat Hook Sodomy"
  2. "Gutted"
  3. "Living Dissection"
  4. "Under The Rotted Flesh"
  5. "Covered With Sores"
  6. "Vomit The Soul"
  7. "Butchered At Birth"
  8. "Rancid Amputation"
  9. "Innards Decay"


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: http://www.fisherbeer.com/
  • Brew: Stillwater Pale Ale
  • Style: West Coast-style American Pale Ale (APA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • IBUs: 40
  • Ingredients: Cashmere and El Dorado hops with Wheat malt
  • Pour: The Stillwater Pale Ale pours a hazy, golden yellow hue with a frothy, bright white, 1+ finger head with great sustain and lots of sudsy, sticky, and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by fruity, citrus, floral and herbal hops, and more subtle sweeter malts.  There are aromas of fresh strawberries, light raspberry, grapefruit rind, tangerine, light melon, dried apricot, wildflowers, toasted barley, and sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Stillwater Pale Ale follows the nose with lots of flavors along with more subtle sweet malts.  There are notes of strawberry, grapefruit, tangerine, melon, a hint of stone fruits, crackery biscuit, and soft caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp, yet soft and smooth with a dry, slightly bitter finish.


Overall pairing: The Fisher Stillwater Pale Ale is very crushable and wonderfully hoppy American Pale Ale sure to get you all charged up for the pit!  And that my friends is exactly the kind of beer you want when blasting the highly intense, powerfully brutal aggression that is the mighty Cannibal Corpse!  'Nuff said!

HAILS!!

If you haven't done so already, check out my interview with Cannibal Corpse drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz: https://youtu.be/dGAKbzTKq50

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

July 27th, 2022 - Yelling At Black Clouds & Silver Linings

 



Hello and happy Wednesday craft brew freaks and metal maniacs!  The Meista here today with a pairing of Dream Theater's wonderful "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" and a tasty and hoppy Yelling At Clouds Cold India Pale Ale from Epic Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!


Album Info:

  • Artist: Dream Theater
  • Title: "Black Clouds & Silver Linings"
  • Recorded: October 2008 through March 2009 at Avatar Studios in New York City, New York
  • Release date: June 23rd, 2009 (10th studio album by Dream Theater)
  • Record company: Roadrunner Records
  • Production: John Petrucci and Mike Portnoy
  • Album cover art: Hugh Syme
  • Personnel: James LaBrie (lead vocals), John Myung (bass), John Petrucci (guitars and backing vocals), Mike Portnoy (drums, percussion, and vocals), and Jordan Rudess (keyboards, Continuum Fingerboard, iPhone app Bebot, and lap steel guitar)
  • Additional musicians: Jerry Goodman (violin on "The Best Of Times", "Odyssey" and "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two")
  • Musical style: Progressive metal/rock
  • Sound: In a word, epic!  Like all of Dream Theater's albums, "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" is a bold, grandiose work with moments of bombastic and cinematic power and moments of soft and haunting beauty.  The band is tight, LaBrie's vocals soar, and the music is as mind-blowingly intricate as ever!
  • Major themes: A concept album of sorts, themes revolve around personal experiences about disturbing or difficult moments of the band's lives and explore, life and death, loss, pain, alcoholism, sorrow, survival, hope, etc.
  • Notes: Sadly, this would be Mike Portnoy's last album with Dream Theater, as he left the band later that year.
  • Tracks: 

    Disc 1 and 3 (instrumental versions)
    1. "A Night To Remember"
    2. "A Rite Of Passage"
    3. "Wither"
    4. "The Shattered Fortress"
      • "X. Restraint"
      • "XI. Receive"
      • "XII. Responsible"
    5. "The Best Of Times"
    6. "The Count Of Tuscany"

    Disc 2
    1. "Stargazer" (Rainbow cover)
    2. "Tenement Funster/Flick of the Wrist/Lily of the Valley" (Queen cover)
    3. "Odyssey" (Dixie Dregs cover)
    4. "Take Your Fingers From My Hair" (Zebra cover)
    5. "Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Part Two" (King Crimson cover)
    6. "To Tame A Land" (Iron Maiden cover)


Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Epic Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: https://www.epicbrewing.com/
  • Brew: Yelling At Clouds Cold India Pale Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 6.5% 
  • Pour: The Yelling At Clouds IPA pours a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow hue with a billowy and frothy, 1+ finger, bright white head with great retention and lots of sticky intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by citrusy, bready, and grassy elements.  There are aromas of pink grapefruit rind, lemon zest, summer grass, fresh hay, doughy bread, cracked wheat, and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Yelling At Clouds IPA follows the nose with lots of citrusy, and lightly malty flavors.  There are notes of grapefruit, light tangerine, grassy hops, crackery biscuit, and just a hint of caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Yelling At Clouds is very crisp and refreshing, and slightly bitter with a dry, fairly clean finish.

Overall pairing: Epic's Yelling At Clouds IPA is a drinkable, yet somewhat punchy and flavorful brew... a good companion to the might and depth that is Dream Theater!  Those citrusy hoppy notes go great with the intricate guitar work and bass work, while the crackery elements and slightly bitter bite go great with the more aggressive passages! 

Cheers!!