Saturday, August 28, 2021

August 28th, 2021 - Hexed By Murphy's Law


Hey there hellions and craft brew freaks!  You drinking buddy the Meista here today pairing "Hexed", the wonderful 10th and sadly, final album by Children Of Bodom and a tasty Murphy's Law Amber Ale from Smartmouth Brewing Company that my friend Brett brought me!   Cheers buddy... thanks for the beer!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Children Of Bodom
  • Title: "Hexed"
  • Recorded: March through May 2018 at Danger Johnny Studios and Beyond Abilities Studios
  • Release date: March 8th, (10th full-length studio album by Children Of Bodom)
  • Record company: Nuclear Blast 
  • Production: Children Of Bodom
  • Album cover art: Denis Forkas 
  • Personnel: Henkka T. Blacksmith (bass), Daniel Freyberg (rhythm guitars), Alexi Laiho (lead guitars and lead vocals), Jaska Raatikainen (drums), and Janne Warman (keyboards) 
  • Musical style: Melodic death metal with elements of power metal, progressive metal, and speed metal
  • Sound: In the tradition of fellow countrymen Arch Enemy, Children Of Bodom's sound combines soaring power metal elements with Swedish death metal.  The guitar work is immediately grabbing... it combines soaring solos and crunching technical riffs!  Combine that with the soaring keys, thunderous rhythms, and Laiho's aggressive vocals, well, you've got yourself a kick-ass album!
  • Major themes: Death, darkness, sorrow, anger, aggression, rebellion, violence, insanity, etc.
  • Tracks:   
    1. "This Road"
    2. "Under Grass And Clover"
    3. "Glass Houses"
    4. "Hecate's Nightmare"
    5. "Kick In A Spleen"
    6. "Platitudes And Barren Words"
    7. "Hexed"
    8. "Relapse (The Nature Of My Crime)"
    9. "Say Never Look Back"
    10. "Soon Departed"
    11. "Knuckleduster"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Smartmouth Brewing Company (Norfolk, Virginia)
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  • Brew: Murphy's Law Amber Ale 
  • Style: Amber Ale / Red Ale
  • Serving: 12 ounce can
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBUs: 35 
  • Pour: The Murphy's Law pours a very hazy mahogany/copper-red hue with a 1-finger, off-white, creamy head with great retention and sticky, sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is malty, toasty, nutty, and slightly floral and earthy.  There are aromas of toasted bread, roasted hazelnuts, walnuts, a touch of vanilla bean, light raisin, a hint of maple syrup, and sweet caramel corn.
  • Taste: Following the nose, the taste of Murphy's Law is a blend of well-balanced flavors with a sweet malt profile.  There are notes of hearty barley, sweet toasted malt, biscuit, a hint of rye, hazelnut, and sweet caramel/toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Light medium-bodied and moderately carbonation, the mouthfeel is very smooth with a dry, fairly clean finish.

Overall pairing: The Smartmouth Murphy's Law is delightfully malty and very crushable brew... perfect for the well-balanced melodic death/power metal stylings of Children Of Bodom on their killer album "Hexed"!  Those sweeter caramel notes go great with the soaring guitars while the slightly bitter nutty flavors are great for Laiho's more aggressive vocal approach and darker lyrical content!  'Nuff said!

Hails!!  Skål... Helan går!  Rest in Power Wildchild!!

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