Since the 1970's the phrase "sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll" has been the mantra of many a rock star.  It's actually a riff on an old saying that came from a German song lyric in the 1770's, "“Who does not love wine, women, and song, remains a fool his whole life long.”

Unfortunately overindulgence in this lifestyle made fools of too many rock musicians  who lost their lives to the excesses of fame, fortune, and life on the road.  There are still plenty of rockers who make their living on the road, but many eschew the decadence that was the hallmark of the 70's and 80's.

The drug of the new millennium would seem to be caffeine, and the number one source is coffee.  The drink has become so popular with musicians, that many are designing their own blends.  Dark Matter Coffee in Chicago has capitalized on this trend by partnering with rock musicians to create their own brands.

The latest star to enter the market is Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett.  Hammett, along with his pedal company KHDK, have teamed up with Dark Matter to create Ghoul Screamer.  According to Dark Matter's web siteGhoul Screamer is a blend of beans from El Salvador that contains hints of apricot, praline, and mulling spice.

Who will be the consumers of this bracing beverage?  Again, from the website, "Heed the prophecy; only warriors of the sacred caffeine-to-blood ratio will wield the power of Ghoul Screamer, a fully fermented brew with waves of untamed punch. Those unworthy will be consumed by its force."  So, basically they're saying that drinking a cup of Ghoul Screamer will be like standing directly in front of an amplifier when Hammett launches into one of his searing solos.

You can purchase 12-oz. bag of Ghoul Screamer for $18 from Dark Matter's web site.


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