Welcome to 2017 dear readers. Hopefully you have sufficiently recovered from any extensive celebrating that may have occurred on New Year’s Eve. For this first column of the new year, I thought that we would kick things off with a couple of my old standbys as a sort of palate cleanser for all the new things to come. The Metal: Blasphemy’s Fallen Angel of Doom. The Booze: Ninkasi Brewing Company’s Total Domination IPA.
The Metal: Blasphemy‘s Fallen Angel of Doom
What praise can one possibly hope to put on this album that hasn’t already been heaped on it? And yet, nigh on ten years since the day it debuted, Fallen Angel of Doom proves itself still worthy of all the respect and admiration it has acquired and more. A total onslaught of some of the grimiest metal that has ever been put to tape, Fallen Angel of Doom is an album that delivers riff after unrelenting riff, battering the listener into complete submission. Tracks such as “Demoniac”, “Ritual”, “Weltering in Blood”, and the title track have served as anthems to those in the underground who seek the darkest sounds available. It should be no secret that I love that bestial war metal sound, and no band has ever delivered what I want more than Blasphemy. FAOD is an album that I turn to time and time again when I need something to get me as hyped up as possible, or when I need to vent frustration, or simply when I don’t know what else to listen to. It has become the staple of my musical diet; no matter what mood I’m in, I can always find something to connect with here.
Just as I like big riffs in my music, I tend to go for big flavors in my beer. Although I have found good specimens among the styles, I tend to stay away from lagers and pilsners because I find that they are just too mild for my liking. And though my tastes tend toward darker beers, sometimes a nice bitter and crisp IPA is exactly what the doctor ordered. When I am in the mood for an IPA, nine times out of ten Total Domination is what I grab. Brewed in Eugene, Oregon, Total Domination delivers exactly what the name implies: massive, in-your-face hop flavor full of bright, juicy citrus. Bitter grapefruit and orange flavors hit immediately, then slowly fade to aromatic floral notes and a clean malt finish. This is everything I look for in an IPA taken to the next level, and it’s a drink I keep in heavy rotation.
And with that, the first Evcharist of 2017 is done. The new year brings the promise of many new albums and drinks to try, but even so, it is important to always give some old favorites some love. There are many exciting things on the horizon, but be sure to give proper service to the artists who make what you love by not just rushing on to the next new thing.
Cheers, and be good to each other,