Thursday, April 4, 2019

April 4th, 2019 - A Super Cluster Of Chaos Wizards!

Good afternoon hop-heads and headbangers and happy Thursday!  Your drinking pal the Meista here today rocking out to Gloryhammer's insanely fun and hillarious sophomore album "Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards" and a Super Cluster Ale from Lagunitas Brewing Company!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Gloryhammer
  • Title: "Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards"
  • Recorded: April through May 2015 at LSD Studios in Lübeck, Germany
  • Release date: September 25th, 2015 (2nd studio album by Gloryhammer)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Lasse Lammert
  • Album cover art: Dan Goldsworthy
  • Personnel: Christopher "Zargothrax" Bowes (keyboards and backing vocals), James "Hootsman" Cartwright (bass and backing vocals), Paul "Ser Proletius" Templing (guitars and backing vocals), Ben "Ralathor" Turk (drums), and Thomas "Angus McFife XIII" Winkler (lead vocals)
  • Musical style: Power metal, symphonic metal
  • Sound: Bombastic, cinematic, up-beat, and totally rocking, "Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards" is a romping good time of a symphonic power metal album!
  • Major themes: A comical fantasy/sci-fi concept album about cosmic allied forces of good battling the evil wizard Zargothrax and his hordes, themes on the album include good vs. evil, noble quests, war, destruction, valor, power, magic, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Infernus Ad Astra"
  2. "Rise Of The Chaos Wizards"
  3. "Legend Of The Astral Hammer"
  4. "Goblin King And The Darkstorm Galaxy"
  5. "The Hollywood Hootsman"
  6. "Victorious Eagle Warfare"
  7. "Questlords Of Iverness, Ride To The Galactic Fortess!"
  8. "Universe Of Fire"
  9. "Heroes (Of Dundee)"
  10. "Apocalypse 1992"
  11. "Dundax Aeterna" 

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company (Petaluma, California)
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  • Brew: Super Cluster Ale
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 8.0%
  • IBUs: 60
  • Ingredients: Citra hops
  • Pour: The  Ale pours a clear bronze-amber with a frothy, 2+ finger, off-white head with great retention and sticky, sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, citrusy, tropically fruity, and herbal.  There are aromas of freshly grapefruit rind, mangos, melon, pine resin, black tea, and a hint of sweet caramel.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose with lots of citrus, tropical fruit, and bitter flavors, and a hint of sweet malt.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple, pine, black tea, black pepper, and booze.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the Super Cluster Ale's mouthfeel is very crisp and  with a bitter finish.
Overall pairing: The Lagunitas Super Cluster Ale is a complex, punchy, and aggressive, yet very drinkable brew... right in line with the power metal insanity of Gloryhammer's "Space 1992: Rise Of The Chaos Wizards"!   Those bright, citrusy flavors and aromas go great with the soaring guitar, keys, and vocals!


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