Saturday, December 14, 2019

December 14th, 2019 - The Double Trub'l Of The Terminal Redux

Good afternoon evil-doers!  Your heavy metal drinking buddy, the Meista here today pairing "Terminal Redux", the 3rd album by badass thrashers Vektor and an ass-kicking Double Trub'l Double IPA from Shades Brewing!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Vektor
  • Title: "Terminal Redux"
  • Recorded: 2015 at various studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Phoenix, Arizona
  • Release date: May 6th, 2016 (3rd studio album by Vektor)
  • Record company: Earache Records
  • Production: Byron Filson and Vektor
  • Album cover art: Adam Burke
  • Personnel: Blake Anderson (drums), Frank Chin (bass guitar), David DiSanto (guitars and vocals), and Erik Nelson (guitars)
  • Additional musicians: RoseMary Fiki (backing vocals on "Charging The Void" and "Recharging The Void"), Naeemah Z. Maddox (backing vocals on "Charging The Void" and "Recharging The Void"), and Alex Poole (sampling)
  • Musical style: Technical thrash metal, progressive metal with elements of black metal and death metal
  • Sound: Combining elements of old school thrash metal with technical death metal, progressive metal, and a touch of black metal and ambient, Vektor's sound is both unique and brutal!  Without being pretentious, "Terminal Redux" is very complex, experimental, violent, and completely enthralling!   The guitar work is fast, furious, and sometimes chaotic!  The drumming is machine gun fire aggression!  And the bass work is in league with the guitar work... a blistering fast pummeling!
  • Major themes: A concept album exploring dystopian sci-fi subject matter, the album's tracks delve into themes of isolation, darkness, death, space travel, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Charging The Void"
  2. "Cygnus Terminal"
  3. "LCD (Liquid Cyrstal Disease)"
  4. "Mountains Above The Sun"
  5. "Ultimate Antificer"
  6. "Pteropticon"
  7. "Psychotropia"
  8. "Pillars Of Sand"
  9. "Collapse"
  10. "Recharging The Void"

  Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Shades Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Double Trub'l Double IPA
  • Style: Double India Pale Ale (DIPA) / Imperial IPA (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0% 
  • Pour: The Double Trub'l Double IPA pours a cloudy golden peach color with a 1-finger, firm and creamy white head with good sustain that leaves sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very citrusy, fruity, hoppy, and grainy.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, navel orange peel, orange juice, tangerine, pineapple, mango, grassy hops, pale malt, and a hint of soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Double Trub'l Double IPA is citrusy, resiny, earthy, and herbal.  There are notes of pink grapefruit, orange peel, mango, pineapple, pine, bitter herbal tea, white pepper, booze, and a hint of honey.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, very bitter, and dry, with a very dry and peppery finish.

Overall pairing: The Double Trub'l Double IPA from Shades is a hop-forward, aggressively citrusy brew... perfect for the power metal onslaught that is Vektor's "Terminal Redux"!  Those punchy, bright, and citrusy notes go great with wonderful dual guitar work of Nelson and DiSanto, while the bitter, herbal flavors are great for lyrical content and the wonderfully rich and aggressive vocal attack of DiSanto, and that boozy, malty backbone is all about the monster rhythm section of Anderson and Chin!

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