Friday, February 12, 2021

February 12th, 2021 - Recipe For An Anticult: Knowledge, Anger, And A Little Citra For Good Measure!


Dobry wieczór hop freaks and headbangers!  The Meista here tonight with another great brew from the fine folks at Ogden River Brewing Company, the newly released and very limited ORB Hazy Variant #1: Citra and the kick-ass "Anticult" by Polish death metal monsters Decapitated!  Hell yeah!!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Decapitated
  • Title: "Anticult"
  • Recorded: 2017 at Custom34 Studio in Gdańsk, Poland and Zed Studio in Chechlo, Poland 
    Release date: July 7th, 2017 (7th studio album by Decapitated)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast
  • Production: Wakaw Kiełtyka 
  • Album cover art: Lukasz Jaszak 
  • Personnel: Wacław "Vogg" Kiełtyka (guitars, bass, and piano), Michał Łysejko (drums), Rafał "Rasta" Piotrowski (vocals), and Hubert Więcek (bass) 
  • Musical style: Technical death metal, groove metal with elements of thrash metal
  • Sound: With influence from Death along with Lamb Of God and Sepultura, Decapitated's voice on "Anticult" is a wonderful blend of old-school death metal and groove metal!  Vogg's guitar work really shines on this album with lot of intricate and experimental passages along with the amazing drumming by Łysejko and Rasta's brutal vocal delivery is spot on! 
  • Major themes: Anti-religion, politics, death, fear, nihilism, rage, evil, misanthropy, anger, etc.
  • Tracks:  
  1. "Impulse"
  2. "Deathvaluation"
  3. "Kill The Cult"
  4. "One-Eyed Nation"
  5. "Anger Line"
  6. "Earth Scar"
  7. "Never"
  8. "Amen"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Ogden River Brewing (Ogden, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: ORB Hazy Variant #1: Citra
  • Style: New England India Pale Ale (NEIPA)
  • Serving: 32 ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Ingredients: Citra hops
  • Pour: The ORB Hazy Variant #1 pours a very hazy pale golden yellow hue with a thin, bright white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves only trace lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is a nice blend of citrus, tropical fruit, herbs, and floral hops along with lighter malts.  There are big aromas of overripe oranges, tangerine, lemons, melon, peach, dried apricot, wild flowers, pine resin, cedar, crackery biscuit, light onion, and a hint of caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the Hazy Variant #1 follows the nose with lots of citrusy, fruity, herbal, and floral flavors.  There are notes of orange juice, orange pith, orange zest, tangerine, lemon zest, cantaloupe, light pine, light onion, fresh basil, and pale malts.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, very juicy, and smooth with a dry, slightly sharp and bitter finish.

Overall pairing: Those bright, citrusy, fruity, herbal, and juicy flavors of the Ogden River Brewing ORB Hazy Variant #1: Citra make for a great foil to the intensity of Decapitated's "Anticult"!  The bitterness from the hops are perfect for the vocals, lyrics, and overall aggressive nature of the album! 'Nuff said!!

Na zdrowie and hails!!

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