Photo by: Ember Lorraine
American blackened death metal icons Pessimist (ft. Kelly McLauchlin of Possessed, I Am Morbid, etc.) released their signature Blood for the Gods mead as part of Brimming Horn Meadery’s Mead and Metal series this past Friday, June 11th The mead is made with plum and aronia berries that have been aged 6 month in oak barrels, promising a “dark, sweet, and divine” flavor palate. The drink was released June 11 to coincide with the release of the vinyl reissue of the band’s sophomore record of the same name.
Pessimist mainman Kelly McLauchlin comments:
“We will be releasing our very own Blood for the Gods Mead, from our friends at Brimming Horn Meadery, in Milton, DE as part of their “Mead and Metal” series! The brew should be ready to be released at the same time as our album on June 11! This is a craft Mead (also called Honey Wine) brewed specially for us – I worked with the brewmaster on developing the ingredients – it will be dark red ‘Dark, Sweet and Divine,’ just like our record, Blood for the Gods! Brimming Horn Meadery is also a sponsor of – and will be in attendance this year – at Decibel Magazine’s Metal and Beer Fest in Philly!”
Pessimist have recently entered the Black Attack Studios in Los Angeles, CA (USA) to begin recording their long awaited fourth full-length album, Keys to the Underworld with engineer Ira Black! This will be the band’s first full-length record since 2002’s Slaughtering the Faithful. In addition, the band is also now welcoming drummer Tim Yeung (I Am Morbid, Divine Heresy, Hate Eternal, etc.) to the recording lineup! Keys to the Underworld will be released by Season of Mist at a later date. Stay tuned!
Pessimist has previously announced that they will be issuing their first three albums on vinyl for the first time ever! Cult of the Initiated, (1997) Blood for the Gods, (1999) and Slaughtering the Faithful (2002) will all contain never-before-heard bonus tracks and other extras as well, such as new layouts and rare, archival band photos. The release dates are as follows:
Cult of Initiated – Due on May 14, 2021
Blood for the Gods – Due on June 11, 2021
Slaughtering the Faithful – Due on July 16, 2021
A trailer for the reissues can be seen below. The trilogy is now available for purchase/pre-orders HERE.