Friday, March 22, 2019

March 22nd, 2019 - The Infernal Hazards Of The Terra Damnata

Good afternoon and happy Friday evil-doers!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today getting heavy and aggressive with a pairing of "Terra Damnata" from Nightbringer and a Hazards Triple India Pale Ale from Talisman Brewing Company!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Nightbringer
  • Title: "Terra Damnata"
  • Recorded: June through August 2016 at Flatline Audio
  • Release date: April 14th, 2017 (5th full-length studio album by Nightbringer)
  • Record company: Season of Mist Underground Activists
  • Production: Nightbringer
  • Album cover art: David Herrerias
  • Personnel: Naas Alcameth (guitars, bass, ambience, and vocals), Ar-Ra'd al-Iblis (vocals), Menthor (drums), Norgaath (bass), Ophis (guitars and vocals), and VJS (guitars and keys)  
  • Musical style: Black metal
  • Sound: With influence from Dark Funeral, Darkthrone, Dimmu Borgir, and Emperor, Nightbringer's sound on "Terra Damnata" nods to the chaos of classic Scandinavian black metal, but embodies a diverse, more modern sensibility delving into the dramatic, the progressive, and the experimental, and steeped in thoughtful and provocative lyrics.  Insane and manic tremolo (angry bees) guitars are foiled with melodic and soaring keys, screeching vocals, and machine gun fire/blast beat drumming, all brought together under a black umbrella of bombast, originality, and infernal creativity.
  • Major themes: The occult, the mysteries of death, nature, black magic, philosophy, knowledge, chaos, evil, darkness, damnation, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "As Wolves Among The Ruins"
  2. "Misrule"
  3. "Midnight's Crown"
  4. "Of The Key And Crossed Bones"
  5. "Let Silence Be His Sacred Name"
  6. "Inheritor Of A Dying World"
  7. "The Lamp Of Inverse Light"
  8. "Serpent Sun"

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:   
  • Brew: Hazards Triple India Pale Ale
  • Style: Triple India Pale Ale (TIPA)
  • Serving: 22 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 11.3% (POW!)
  • IBUs: 120
  • Pour: The Hazards TIPA pours a hazy deep copper with a rocky and creamy, off-white 2-finger head that dissipates very slowly and leaves lots of layered spider web lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is fruity, herbal, floral, sweet, bitter, and malty.  There are aromas of tropical fruit (mango, pineapple, passion fruit), citrus (grapefruit rind and juice, fresh squeezed orange juice, tangerine, lemon zest), black tea, bitter root, pine resin, soft caramel, freshly baked wheat bread, and a hint of booze.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hazards is aggressive and complex.  There are big notes of tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, guava, pineapple), citrus (pink grapefruit, tangerine, orange), bitter black tea, pine, mild sweet caramel, and a hint of booziness (that becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms).
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is paradoxically both smooth and astringent... with a sticky and somewhat oily character along with a lingering semi-bitter finish. 

Overall pairing: Hazards is a bold, hop-forward ass-kicker... perfect for the aggression, musical prowess, and unbridled rage of  Nightbring's most recent album, "Terra Damnata"!  The bitterness of the Hazards is right in line with the screeching gravel, broken glass, and sandpaper vocals while the big, thick, boozy and malty backbone embodies the delivery of these mighty musicians! 

HAILS!!  Keep it craft and keep it EVIL!!

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