Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 15th, 2019 - The Kölschhunter Decade

Guten tag!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here today getting heavy and aggressive with a pairing of "Official Bootleg - The Witchhunter Decade" by German thrash monsters Sodom and a tasty UTOG Kölsch from UTOG Brewing Company!
Album Info:
  • Artist: Sodom
  • Title: "Official Bootleg - The Witchhunter Decade"
  • Recorded: 1984 through 1992
  • Release date: June 22nd, 2012 ( studio album from Sodom)
  • Record company: Steamhammer / SPV
  • Production: Sodom
  • Album cover art: Jens Reinhold
  • Personnel: Tom Angelripper (vocals and bass guitar), Andy Brings (guitars), Josef "Grave Violator" Dominic (guitars), Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek (drums), Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (guitars), Michael Hoffman (guitars), and Michael "Destructor" Wulf (guitars) 
  • Musical style: Thrash metal
  • Sound: This is classic Sodom... fast, fiery, aggressive as hell, and just as angry!  Sodom is a juggernaut... Angelripper's vocals are gripping and harsh !  The guitar work is fiery and furious!  And Witchhunter's machine gun drumming coupled with Angelripper's thunderous bass is the embodiment of thrash metal perfection!
  • Major themes: War, anger, hate, death, violence, evil, darkness, the occult, power, etc.
  • Notes: The album honors drummer, Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek, who died of liver failure in 2008.  R.I.P. Witchhunter!
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Sepulchral Voice" (rehearsal 1984)
  2. "Obsessed by Cruelty" (1985 live in Belgium)
  3. "After The Deluge" (1986 live at the Metallize Festival)
  4. "Conjuration" (1987 live at Scum in Holland)
  5. "Proselyism Real" (1986 live at the Metallize Festival)
  6. "Conqueror" (1987 live in Holland)
  7. "My Atonement" (1987 live at Scum in Holland)
  8. "Outbreak Of Evil" (1988 live in Zeche Bochum, Germany)
  9. "Persecution Mania" (1988 live in Sargans, Switzerland)
  10. "Magic Dragon" (1989 live in Braunschweig, Germany)
  11. "Shellfire Defense" (pre-production)
  12. "The Saw Is The Law" (pre-production)
  13. "Bloodtrails" (pre-production)
  14. "Body Parts" (1992 live in Japan)
  15. "Skinned Alive" (1992 live at the WDR Festival)
  16. "Sons Of Hell" (demo)

    Brew Info:
  • Brewery: UTOG Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: UTOG Kölsch
  • Style: Kölsch
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 4.0%
  • Pour: The UTOG Kölsch pours a slightly hazy, bright straw-yellow with a frothy, bright white 1+ finger head with good retention and lots of intricate, sticky, and layered lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by light toasted grains, grassiness, and light hops and fruitiness.  There are aromas of summer grass, hay, light pepper, and a hint of lemon zest.
  • Taste: The taste of the UTOG Kölsch follows the nose with light crackery, slightly fruity, and hoppy flavors.  There are notes of crackery biscut, toasted sourdough bread, grassy hops, a hint of apple, and a hint of lemon.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and well-carbonated, the UTOG Kölsch is crisp, smooth, and refreshing with a clean, dry finish

Overall pairing: UTOG Brewing Company's UTOG Kölsch is a very tasty, very light, crushable brew... perfect for the raw aggression, musical prowess, and unbridled rage of Sodom's "Official Bootleg - The Witchhunter Decade" on a hot summer's night!  

Prost and hails to the memory of Christian "Witchhunter" Dudek and to Sodom!!  Keep it craft and keep it heavy!!

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