Welcome to yet another Evcharist. Another week has passed us by, and you and I have both survived it. At this stage, I would call that a win, however small it may be. The simple comforts of a quiet evening with a good album and a stiff drink are becoming more and more important to me, so why not make it an interesting one tonight? The Metal: Emptiness’ Not For Music. The Booze: Elysian Brewing Company’s Avatar Jasmine IPA.
The Metal: Emptiness’ Not For Music
Emptiness’ latest album has only been out for a week, yet already has been the focus of much back and forth debate. People love it, people hate it, people argue over how the music should be classified, as people do. Certainly, though, it is an album that begs a little controversy; Not For Music is an album that feels like something of a curve ball even from a band that has never been one to walk the straight and narrow path. Belgium’s Emptiness began life as an odd sort of blackened death metal band, yet every album saw them moving farther and farther away from those confines and embracing a gloomier sound influenced by industrial and goth music. On Not For Music, the band completely sheds the last remnants of its former death metal days and sees this transition fully realized. Full of chiming guitar chords, moody keyboard accents, and pulsing rhythms, the sounds contained here call to mind some of the darker industrial music of the late nineties and early aughts; not surprising given that the album is produced by longtime Marilyn Manson bassist Jeordie “Twiggy Ramirez” White. Not For Music could easily be the soundtrack to the most popular dance club in hell.
The Booze: Elysian Brewing Company’s Avatar Jasmine IPA
We have covered Elysian before in this column, but Avatar is a brew that is new to me. Nevertheless, it is one that I have been keen to get my hands on for a while now. I am pleased that it was as good as I was hoping it would be. The balance of flavors here is the key to what makes Avatar good. Not overly citrusy, not overly bitter, and with a floral finish that is decidedly pronounced without being overbearing, Avatar is a crowd-pleasing brew that has enough going on to distinguish itself from your typical IPA without lapsing into extremity. This is the perfect sipping beer for a nice listening session at home.
There you have it: a complex album accompanied by a beer full of character makes even an evening at home something out of the ordinary. As I’ve said before, if you ever find yourself faced with an album or a drink that seems too unorthodox to you, don’t be afraid to give it a shot. You never know where your next favorite will come from if you don’t try.
Cheers, and be good to each other,