Friday, May 1, 2020

May 1st, 2020 - A Trident Wolf Eclipse Over A Hazy Basin

Good afternoon and happy Friday metal hellions and hop freaks!  The Meista here today rocking the hell out with a pairing of "Trident - Wolf - Eclipse" by Watain and a tasty and crisp Basin Hazy IPA from Talisman Brewing Company!  This pairing goes out to the Jester!  Cheers bro!!

Album Info:

  • Artist: Watain
  • Title: "Trident - Wolf - Eclipse"
  • Recorded: 2017 at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden
  • Release date: January 5th, 2018 (6th studio album by Watain)
  • Record company: Century Media Records
  • Production: Tore Stjerna
  • Album cover art: E., Ketola, and Oik Wasfuk
  • Personnel: Erik Danielsson aka E. (bass and vocals), Pelle Forsberg aka P. (guitars), and Håkan Jonsson aka H. (drums)
  • Additional musicians: Attila "Mayhem" Csihar (vocals on "Ultra (Pandemoniac)"), H. Death (lead guitar on "Ultra (Pandemoniac)"), A. Lillo (bass), and Set Teitan (guitars)
  • Musical style: Black metal
  • Sound: Fast, furious, chaotic, brutal, the sound on "Trident - Wolf - Eclipse" is a return to the "harsher" sound of earlier albums.    
  • Major themes: Death, the occult, chaos, empowerment, force, power, destruction, Hell, evil, darkness, Satan, etc.  Of the albums lyrics, E. stated "They're very much about the exploration of something that appears to you as darkness, something that seems utterly chaotic and unknown.  What they all have in common is that they explore the idea of empowerment and the attainment of force."
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Nuclear Alchemy"
  2. "Sacred Damnation"
  3. "Teufelsreich"
  4. "Furor Diabolicus"
  5. "A Throne Below"
  6. "Ultra (Pandemoniac)"
  7. "Towards The Sanctuary"
  8. "The Fire Of Power"
  9. "Antikrists Mirakel"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Talisman Brewing Company (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Basin Hazy IPA
  • Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Pour: The Basin Hazy pours a very hazy golden-yellow with a bright white, 2-finger, firm and frothy head with great retention and soapy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is citrusy, fruity, floral, dank, and herbal.  There are aromas of fresh orange juice, orange peel, grapefruit rind, tangerine, mango, peach, lemon zest, wild flowers, a hint of pine resin, damp wood, and just a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Basin Hazy follows the nose with lots of juicy, citrusy, fruity, and herbal character.  There are notes of orange juice, pith, and peel, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, sourdough bread, mineral water, bitter herbs, a little black tea, and a hint of honey. 
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp and very juicy with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The Talisman Basin Hazy is a refreshing, bright, and very sessionable IPA... a great foil to the blackened brutality and harshness of Watain's killer "Trident - Wolf - Eclipse" album!  Where the brightness and fruitiness make for that nice foil, the bitter bite and dryness in the finish is a great companion to the aggressiveness of the guitars, drums and vocals!

HAILS!!  Na zdrowie!!

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