Saturday, May 7, 2022

May 7th, 2022 - Hail To Bitter Victory


Hello and hails metal maniacs, evil-doers, and beer freaks!  I've got another great pairing for ya today... I'm pairing "Hail Victory", the kick-ass 3rd album by Acheron and a tasty Bitter Victory ESB from the fine folks at Fisher Brewing Company!  Hell yeah!

Album Info:
  • Artist: Acheron
  • Title: "Hail Victory"
  • Recorded: November 1992 at Audio Lab Studio in Tampa, Florida
  • Release date: 1995 (3rd full-length studio album by Acheron)
  • Record company: Metal Merchant Records / Ablaze Production
  • Production: Vincent Crowley and Acheron
  • Album cover art: Rex "Diabolos" Church 
  • Personnel: Tony  Blakk (rhythm guitars), Vincent Breeding (lead guitars), Mike Browing (drums), and Vincent Crowley (bass and lead vocals)
  • Additional musicians: Peter H. Gilmore (keyboards and narrative)
  • Musical style: Death metal, black metal, doom metal
  • Sound: Perfectly blending death, doom, and black metal elements, Acheron's own special style of metal is uniquely their own!  
  • Major themes: The occult, Satanic rites, freedom, self-reliance, sex, anti-religion, Hell, darkness, blasphemy, etc.
  • Notes: This album is the "Satanic Victory" EP with added introductions (Anton LaVey's "Nine Satanic Statements" as read by Peter Gilmore).  It also includes the two songs from the "Alla Xul" 7"EP.
  • Tracks: 
  1. "Intro / Unholy Praises"
  2. "Intro / Seven Deadly Sins"
  3. "Intro / Satanic Erotica"
  4. "Intro / Prayer Of Hell"
  5. "Intro / 666"
  6. "Intro / God Is Dead"
  7. "Intro / All Xul"
  8. "Intro / One With Darkness"
  9. "Outro"

Brew Info:
  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website:
  • Brew: Bitter Victory
  • Style: Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
  • Serving: 25-ounce crowler can
  • ABV: 5.0% 
  • Ingredients: English yeast strain and Noble hops 
  • Pour: The Bitter Victory pours a lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is herbal, earthy, spicy, hoppy, and malty.  There are aromas of bitter herbs, barley, rye bread, grapefruit rind, lemon zest, black tea, and soft caramel/toffee. 
  • Taste: The taste of the Bitter Victory follows the nose with lots of herbal, spicy, and hoppy flavors.  There are notes of crackery and biscuity malts, thyme, light citrus, herbal tea, barley, and light toffee.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated, the mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat bitter, yet very smooth and well-balanced with a dry, slightly bitter and peppery finish.

Overall Pairing: The well-balanced, smooth, yet punchy and bitter flavors of the Fisher Bitter Victory ESB make it the perfect beer to throw back whilst rocking the hell out to the crunchy, raw, sonic metal blast of the amazing Acheron!  'Nuff said!

Cheers and hails!!

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