Wednesday, 25 September 2013

8 Foot Sativa - The Shadow Masters review

8 Foot Sativa is a 5 piece heavy metal band from New Zealand and when this album hit my inbox, I thought I knew what to expect as I loved this band years ago. I was expecting pure Nu-Metal, but that's not what I received, and it's definitely not a bad thing.

You see, what I've heard from 8 Foot Sativa previously has been quite light. Not exactly chart friendly, lyrically but certainly musically. Again, this is no bad thing.

The Shadow Masters brings something new to the table. There's a lot of metalcore in the heaviness of Anatomy of Hate and Never Abide with massive crushingness and intense lyrics, yet there are fairly light hearted proggy singalong songs like Shadow Master and Feeding The Weak. This album is taking a completely different angle, and proving that a band doing something different isn't a bad thing.

Lyrically, 8 Foot Sativa were always quite strong and intense but musically and production quality was lacking, and The Shadow Masters proves just how far they've come. They've still got the lyrics and the vocals that made me fall in love with them in the first place, but their riffage has totally fucking blown up now.

I'm totally fucking in love with this album. It has all of the qualities I loved from previous efforts, but it's really been stepped up a notch. It's heavier and more progressive. It's awesome!


Saturday, 7 September 2013

Norfolk Square Black Widow Imperial Stout review

You know me, I don't usually do beer reviews. I'd rather rant about shit, but I dunno, this has impressed me enough to write.

If you've been reading this for a while, or looking at my tweets, you'll know that I haven't always said nice things about Norfolk Square brewery. I've said previously how Crazy Horse American IPA, while being nice, does not taste anywhere close to an IPA. It's more like an English Strong Ale, and Lunatik, again is nice, but not an IPA, to me it tastes more like a Belgian Tripel.

Well I've wanted to try Black Widow for a while and today I managed to buy a bottle from Harper Wells in Norwich. It's an Imperial Stout aged on Port.

So what's it like?

Brewery: Norfolk Square
Beer: Black Widow
Style: Imperial Stout
Country: England
ABV: 9%

Silky black. Small off white head.

Bitter black coffee hit, some dark chocolate and a smidge of boozy port.

Bitter dark chocolate, freshly brewed coffee, plums and a port-esque alcohol burn.

Silky smooth. This is going down too easily.

Well I wrote about it, didn't I? I don't usually write about individual beers. Mainly adventures, or festivals. This has really impressed me. Would definitely recommend it. The odd thing is that it doesn't taste strong for an imperial stout. Is that a good or bad thing? I don't know but I'm fucking enjoying it.


Friday, 6 September 2013

The Session #79 – USA Vs Old World Beer Culture

The Session is a monthly event for the beer blogging community which was started by Stan Hieronymus at Appellation Beer. On the first Friday of each month, all participating bloggers write about a predetermined topic. Each month a different blog is chosen to host The Session, choose the topic, and post a roundup of all the responses received. For more info on The Session, check out the Brookston Beer Bulletin’s nice archive page.

This month’s session is hosted by Ding and (I think) it’s about the differences between America’s and Britain’s beer culture…

Let’s pretend, just for a moment, that this is actually a guest blog by two people. One of them is an American who knows a little about American craft beer and that’s generally what he buys, and the other is a British chap who just goes down the pub.

These guys want to tell you about beer culture in the other person’s country but they’re not very well educated in it…


“British beer? It sounds shit. Boddingtons from a can? I had that once. It’s vile. I’ve heard that in England they only have warm beer that’s below 4%. What a bunch of pussies. I bet all British beer tastes like Boddingtons. They seem to be in the pub drinking it literally all day. It’s true; I’ve seen it in movies.”

British guy:

“American beer? All they have is Budweiser and Coors light. Fizzy yellow flavourless crap, out of cans and on keg may I add. They wouldn’t know a nice pint if they were fuckin’ drowning in it.”

Both of these people couldn’t be more wrong, but sadly, that is still the general view that Americans and British people have of their cousins across the pond, and what beer is.

But y’know, it doesn’t look like these generic views of beer culture are going to change anytime soon despite the fact that beer importation and exportation is growing every single day, both sides of the ponds.

Maybe I’ve missed the point of this session, but, it’s not about “Vs”. It’s not a fucking battle. It’s about enjoyment. It’s about shutting the fuck up, having a good time and drinking whatever you like.

I think that’s what a lot of these “Session” posts boil down to, me telling people to shut the fuck up and just drink what the fuck they like and it’s all getting really tiresome.