Saturday, September 28, 2019

September 28th, 2019 - I'm Taking The Orphans On A Family Vacation

Good afternoon metal heads and hop heads!  Your drinking buddy the Meista here pairing "Orphans", the brand new kickass album by Canadian extreme metal band The Agonist and a Family Vacation Cream Ale from Roadhouse Brewing Company!  Hell yes!!

Album Info:
  • Artist: The Agonist
  • Title: "Orphans"
  • Recorded: 2018 through 2019
  • Release date: September 20th, 2019 ( studio album by The Agonist)
  • Record company: Rodeostar Records / Napalm Records
  • Production: The Agonist
  • Album cover art: Mikio Murakami
  • Personnel: Pascal "Paco" Jobin (guitars), Chris Kells (bass), Danny Marino (guitars), Simon McKay (drums), and Vicky Psarakis (lead vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Lefteris Germenlis (electronic and string arrangements)
  • Musical style: Melodic death metal, metalcore with elements of symphonic metal and hard rock
  • Sound: Wonderfully emotional, honest, aggressive, unique, and powerful, the sound on The Agonist's latest album, "Orphans" is, in a word, brilliant!  Every note, every riff, every intention is brutally honest and mesmerizing!  The dual guitar work of Jobin and Marino is reminiscent of Judas Priest, Kells bass work is a thunderous and passionate assault, McKay's drumming is machine gun fire intensity, and Psarakis' vocal performance is mind-blowingly intense and robust!
  • Major themes: Pain, life, death, suffering, violence, knowledge, power, aggression, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "In Vertigo"
  2. "As One We Survive"
  3. "The Gift Of Silence"
  4. "Blood As My Guide"
  5. "Mr. Cold"
  6. "Dust To Dust"
  7. "A Devil Made Me Do It"
  8. "The Killing I"
  9. "Orphans"
  10. "Burn It All Down"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Roadhouse Brewing Company (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Family Vacation Cream Ale
  • Style: American Blonde Ale / Cream Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • Pour: The Family Vacation pours a clear straw yellow-gold with a bubbly, bright white, half-finger head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose of the Family Vacation is bready, grainy, grassy, and slightly citrusy.  There are aromas of biscuit, cereal grain, wheat bread, lemongrass, and light lemon zest.
  • Taste: The taste is crisp, grainy, grassy, slightly fruity, and hoppy.  There are notes of crackery biscuit, wheat crackers, lemongrass, a hint of pepper, and lemony hops.
  • Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with good carbonation, the mouthfeel of the Family Vacation is crisp, slightly bitter, and very refreshing with a dry, slightly peppery finish.

Overall pairing:
The very drinkable and crushable flavors of the Roadhouse Family Vacation is perfect foil for the extreme metal intensity and artistic integrity of The Agonist's ass-kicking new album "Orphans"!  Go buy this killer album... right now!!  'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails head bangers!!

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