Scandinavia’s leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit, CRUCIFIED BARBARA, has teamed up newly established microbrewery Heavy Metale Brewery AB, to launch the band’s own beer. First up is a cocky and loud Red Ale, inspired by the band’s new and acclaimed album In the Red. The beer will be available early next year in Sweden’s Systembolagen.
“A really fun collaboration,” said Per Johansson, master brewer at Heavy Metale. “I, together with Ida Evileye, who is the beerqueen in the band, discussed beer back and forth. We were inside the Bitter and Brown Ale, but felt for a Red Ale. Red Ale reminiscent of both the bitter and Brown Ale. It allows the malt to take up more space and reduces the amount of hops which gives a comfortable, slightly dry and karamellig character with a hint of bitterness to rounding.“
Crucified Barbara has also released a new single “The Ghost Inside” from its latest album In the Red on Spotify at:
“‘The Ghost Inside’ is one of our favorite songs on the new album,” said guitarist/vocalist, Mia Coldheart. “Not just because it is fun to play, but also because it is about something that most people at some time wrestle with – the inner voice that says you are not good enough or fit in.
“The community is flooded with messages screaming at us that we must be good looking, skinny, rich and popular to be happy. And many times it is unfortunately one’s own inner voice that ultimately confirms all that, and pushes away the last bit into the darkness.
“The text was written as a pep [talk] to those in touch and tell us that our songs have helped them through tough periods in their lives, but I’ve subsequently realized that I wrote this as much for myself.”
“We have longed for to make a really good beer, and now we got that opportunity in the collaboration with Heavy Metale,” said Crucified Barbara. “We have had the idea and the vision to create a ‘drink friendly’ and especially good beer for everyone and everything. Just like our music!“
In the Red, Crucified Barbara’s fourth studio album and first on Swedish label Despotz Records, can be purchased on iTunes.
Dealing with topics like misogyny and animal rights, Crucified Barbara calls In the Red “the best thing we’ve ever done musically. We have always been shocked by injustice and oppression, and this time, our opinions have taken an even bigger place in the songwriting.”
A music video for the song “To Kill a Man” can be seen on YouTube at:
Another video for “I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll” can be seen at:
The band’s Despotz debut was recorded at Studio Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip. Artwork for album number four comes courtesy of Stockholm, Sweden artist Erik Rovanpera.
1. I Sell My Kids for Rock’N’Roll
2. To Kill a Man
3. Electric Sky
4. The Ghost Inside
5. Don’t Call On Me
6. In The Red
7. Lunatic #1
9. Finders Keepers
10. Do You Want Me
11. Follow The Stream