Wednesday, March 24, 2021

March 24th, 2021 - The 7th Date Of Hell Will Hit You Like A 10 Ton Truck!


Good evenin' evil-doers and hop-heads! The Meista here tonight getting heavy and aggressive with the infernal metal live juggernaut that is Venom's "The 7th Date Of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1984" and a very punchy and hoppy 10 Ton Truck West Coast IPA from SaltFire Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Venom 
  • Title: "The 7th Date Of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1984"
  • Recorded: 1984 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England
  • Release date: 2020 (4th live album by Venom... originally released as a video in 1984)
  • Record company: Back On Black 
  • Production: Michael Rodd
  • Album cover art: Fin Costello (photography), Peter Cronin (photography), and Richie Nichol (photography)
  • Personnel: Abaddon aka Anthony Bray (drums), Cronos aka Conrad Lant (bass and vocals), and Mantas aka Jeff Dunn (guitar) 
  • Musical style: Thrash/speed metal, heavy metal, NWOBHM, black metal 
  • Sound: Wonderfully blending the fast and aggressive elements of thrash/speed metal with the intensity, darkness, and chaos of blackened metal, the sound on "The 7th Date Of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1984" is raw with an almost bootleg quality, but man does it shred!  Cronos' vocals seem to channel the very depths of hell while the intense guitar work of Mantas really shines with killer riffs, fiery picking, and soaring solos!  And all this layered on the thunderous rhythmic onslaught of Abaddon! 
  • Major themes: The occult, darkness, death, evil, war, Satanism, damnation, insanity, etc.
  • Tracks:   
  1. "Leave Me In Hell"
  2. "Countess Bathory"
  3. "Die Hard"
  4. "7 Gates Of Hell"
  5. "Buried Alive"
  6. "Don't Burn The Witch"
  7. "Welcome To Hell"
  8. "Warhead"
  9. "Stand Up And Be Counted"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: SaltFire Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
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  • Brew: 10 Ton Truck West Coast IPA 
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.0%
  • Pour: The 10 Ton Truck pours a clear, golden yellow hue with a billowy, bright white, 2-finger head with great retention and lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is floral, earthy, citrusy, and slightly malty.  There are aromas of wet pine needles, wild flowers, grapefruit rind, orange zest, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste of the 10 Ton Truck is a classic blend of earthy, citrusy, herbal, and malty flavors.  There are notes of pine resin, grapefruit, tangerine, orange pith, herbal tea, light caramel/toffee, and a hint of white pepper in the finish.  
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a dry, slightly bitter finish.

Overall pairing: The SaltFire 10 Ton Truck is a classic, complex, punchy, yet crushable brew... great for the metal intensity that is Venom's amazing "The 7th Date Of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon 1984"!  Those biting hop notes go great with overall power and intensity of the album while the sweeter malt notes go great with the soaring guitar work!  'Nuff said!

Cheers!!  Hails!!

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