Saturday, April 24, 2021

April 24th, 2021 - The Tweak Isn't The Downfall Of Mankind... But It May Be Mine!


Hello evil-doers and craft brew freaks!  The Meista here today pairing "Downfall Of Mankind", the 3rd album by Brazilian thrashers Nervosa and a bold and beastly 2016, Batch #2 Tweak Annual Barrel Series Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout from Avery Brewing Company!  This paring goes out to my friend and fellow rocker Mike... cheers and thanks for the beer brother!!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Nervosa
  • Title: "Downfall Of Mankind"
  • Recorded: 2018 at Family Mob Studio in São Paulo, Brazil, Prika Amaral's home studio, and Estúdio Espaço Som in São Paulo, Brazil
    Release date: June 1st, 2018 (3rd studio album by Nervosa)
  • Record company: Napalm Records
  • Production: Martin Furia 
  • Album cover art: Hugo Silva
  • Personnel: Prika Amaral (guitars and backing vocals), Luana Dametto (drums), and Fernanda Lira (bass and lead vocals) 
  • Guest musicians: Michael Gilbert (guitar solo on "Selfish Battle"), João Gordo (vocals on "Cultura do Estupro", and Rodrigo Oliveira (drums on "Selfish Battle")
  • Musical style: Thrash metal with elements of death metal and black metal 
  • Sound: Unapologetically fast, aggressive, and steeped in classic thrash, death, and black metal, but with a fresh, modern, and relevant vibe, the sound on "Downfall Of Mankind" is truly awesome!
  • Major themes: Politically charged, themes on the album include social injustice, , etc.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Intro"
  2. "Horrordome"
  3. "Never Forget, Never Repeat"
  4. "Enslave"
  5. "Bleeding"
  6. "...And Justice For Whom?"
  7. "Vultures"
  8. "Kill The Silence"
  9. "No Mercy"
  10. "Raise Your Fist!"
  11. "Fear, Violence And Massacre"
  12. "Conflict"
  13. "Cultura do Estupro"
  14. "Selfish Battle" (bonus track)

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Avery Brewing Company (Boulder, Colorado)
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  • Brew: Tweak Tweak Annual Barrel Series Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Stout (2016, Batch #2)
  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 17.5%
  • Pour: The Tweak pours a very deep, dark brown (almost ink black) with a creamy, dark mocha, 1-finger head with good retention with lots of sticky, intricate lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is characterized by roasty, malty, sweet, and boozy aromas.  There are big notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, maple, light oak, rich bourbon, spiced rum, char, a little black cherry juice, and burnt toffee.
  • Taste: The taste is a wonderful blend of roasty, toasty, boozy, malty, and sweet flavors.  There are big notes of bourbon, dark roasted coffee, and dark chocolate along with more subtle notes of plum, cherries, raisins, toasted hearty bread, maple syrup, and sweet toffee/caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with very low carbonation, the Tweak is boozy, but velvety smooth and creamy with a dry, boozy, slightly sweet finish.

Overall pairing: Like the Tweak from Avery Brewing Company, "Downfall Of Mankind" is an amazing and fantastically engaging work from Nervosa!  Those big , bold, boozy, rich, and roasty flavors work great with the overall heaviness of the album, while the sweeter and fruity notes go great with the more melodic elements of the album!

Saude!!  Hails!!

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