Sunday, July 25, 2021

July 25th, 2021 - The 90 Minute Master


Good evening hop freaks and metal maniacs!  The Meista here tonight pairing metal monster Master's kick-ass debut full-length album with a punchy and complex 90 Minute IPA from Dogfish Head Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Master 
  • Title: "Master"
  • Recorded: 1990 / 1985 (demos)
  • Release date: 1990 (1st full-length studio album by Master) / January 2017 (re-issue)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast / Hammerheart Records 
  • Production: Master
  • Album cover art: Janet Reif (photography)
  • Personnel: Chris Mittleburn (guitars), Bill Schmidt (drums), and Paul Speckmann (bass and vocals)
  • Musical style: Heavy metal, thrash metal with elements of death metal, black metal, and punk
  • Sound: With influence from Venom and Motorhead, and full of piss and vinegar, Master's sound is high-octane, in-your-face, classic heavy metal!  Fast-paced, fiery, raw, and guitar driven, the songs are heavy duty ass-kickers!  A great debut from a legendary and highly influential band!
  • Major themes and subjects: Death, evil, rebellion, anger, rage, politics, vengeance, darkness, hate, etc.
  • Tracks: 
Disc 1
  1. "Pledge Of Allegiance" (original un-triggered mix) 
  2. "Unknown Soldier" (original un-triggered mix)  
  3. "Mangled Dehumanization" (original un-triggered mix)
  4. "Pay To Die" (original un-triggered mix) 
  5. "Funeral Bitch" (original un-triggered mix) 
  6. "Master" (original un-triggered mix)  
  7. "Bass Solo" (original un-triggered mix) 
  8. "Children Of The Grave" (Black Sabbath cover) (original un-triggered mix) 
  9. "Re-Entry And Destruction" (original un-triggered mix) 
  10. "Terrorizer" (original un-triggered mix) 
  11. "The Truth" (original un-triggered mix) 
  12. "Pay To Die" (rehearsal demo)
  13. "Master" (rehearsal demo)
  14. "Funeral Bitch" (rehearsal demo)
  15. "Mangled Dehumanization" (rehearsal demo)
  16. "Live For Free" (rehearsal demo)
  17. "Terrorizer" (rehearsal demo) 
  18. "Rabid Anger" (rehearsal demo)

Disc 2
  1. "Pledge Of Allegiance" (triggered mix) 
  2. "Unknown Soldier" (triggered mix)  
  3. "Mangled Dehumanization" (triggered mix)
  4. "Pay To Die" triggered mix) 
  5. "Funeral Bitch" (triggered mix) 
  6. "Master" (triggered mix)  
  7. "Bass Solo" (triggered mix) 
  8. "Children Of The Grave" (Black Sabbath cover) (triggered mix) 
  9. "Re-Entry And Destruction" (triggered mix) 
  10. "Terrorizer" (triggered mix) 
  11. "The Truth" (triggered mix) 
  12. "Master" (unreleased album)
  13. "Unknown Soldier" (unreleased album)
  14. "Mangled Dehumanization" (unreleased album)
  15. "Funeral Bitch" (unreleased album)
  16. "Terrorizer" (unreleased album)
  17. "Pledge Of Allegiance" (unreleased album)
  18. "Re-Entry And Destruction" (unreleased album)

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Dogfish Head Brewing Company (Milton, Delaware)
  • Website:
  • Brew: 90 Minute IPA
  • Style: Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA)
  • Serving: 12 ounce bottle
  • ABV: 9.0%
  • IBUs: 90
  • Pour: The 90 Minute IPA pours a very hazy golden-yellow hue with an 1-finger, bright white foamy head with good retention and lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is very hop and malt forward with citrusy, bready, and piney characteristics.  There are aromas of tangerine, pink grapefruit juice, bold pine resin, cedar, sweet malt, and burnt toffee.
  • Taste: Well-balanced, the taste of the 90 Minute IPA is very hoppy (citrusy and piney), herbal, earthy, and slightly sweet and boozy.  There are notes of grapefruit rind, brandied fruitcake, pine, black tea, light biscuity grains, and sweet caramel.
  • Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is thick and malty, yet sharp with a dry, boozy, and slightly bitter finish that lingers.

Overall pairing: The punchy, hop-forward bite of Dogfish Head's flagship 90 Minute IPA is perfect for the guitar-driven, raw, heavy-duty metal juggernaut that is the mighty Master!  'Nuff said! 

Cheers!!  Hails!!

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