Sunday, July 27, 2014

July 27th, 2014 - A Tasty Little Bombshell For A Bomber

Afternoon friends!  The Meista here with a couple "real British [beauties]" for ya.  Today I'm rocking out today to Motörhead's "Bomber" whilst sipping a refreshing Newcastle Bombshell from the Caledonian Brewery Company Limited!

Recorded during the summer of 1979 and released on October 27th of the same year, "Bomber" is the 3rd studio album by English heavy metal monsters Motörhead.  A favorite of mine and not only a quintessential Motörhead album, but a quintessential metal album, "Bomber" contains some of the bands most popular tracks including the title track, "Dead Men Tell No Tales", "Stone Dead Forever", "Lawman", "Sharpshooter", and "Poison". The album's themes include violence, police abuse of power, heroin addiction, the dark side of show business and television, and abandonment.  Musically, "Bomber" is exactly as Lemmy had set out to do with his sound when he formed the band, "fast and vicious, just like the MC5".  (Ian Kilmister) Lemmy's  lead vocals, bass guitar, and eight-string bass work is some of his most ferocious work.  "Fast" Eddie Clarke provides blisteringly fast guitar work and lead vocals on "Step Down".  Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor's drumming is as raw and in-your-face as ever, but with a good measure of swing.  The song "Bomber" alone is worth every penny spent on this kick-ass album!  (Side note: Girlschool recorded a great cover of the song "Bomber" on the MotörheadGirlschool collaborative "St. Valentine's Day Massacre" EP.)

The Brits love their brown ales, but in the hot summer months, a blonde is a nice and refreshing change.  Characterized by a light fruity, earthy, and floral hop aroma and flavor, along some with buttery and toasted maltiness as well, the Newcastle Bombshell is a traditional English Blonde or Pale Ale in the Burton-upon-Trent fashion.  It pours a lovely cider gold with a bright white head that leaves intricate spider web lacing.  The nose rather mellow with aromas of summer grass, toasted bread, and fruit ester.  Brewed with Cascade, Hellertau, and Northdown hops, Pale malt, and English yeast, the taste is crackery, buttery, and slightly bitter. There are notes of toasted bread, biscuit, and creamy butter. The finish is "silky smooth".  An easy-drinkin' 4.4% ABV ale, the Newcastle Bombshell is great for chatting with your mates down at the pub or rocking the hell out to Motörhead!

Cheers and hails rivet-heads!!

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