Welcome once again, dear readers, to another blessed sacrament. I hope everyone reading this has had a good week; for me, this has been one of the best weeks I can remember having in a long time. That doesn’t mean that we can’t revel in the power of dark metal and dark beer, however, and this weeks offering is some of the darkest of both that I could find. The Metal: Qrixkuor’s Three Devils Dance. The Booze: Modern Times Brewing’s City of the Dead.
The Metal: Qrixkuor’s Three Devils Dance
Qrixkuor are a band that I have been following earnestly since the release of their 2014 demo Consecration of the Temple. Their brand of long-form, extremely cavernous death metal left me completely enraptured; it exemplified the best qualities of the kind of death metal I love the most. After ramping up the excitement with a live rehearsal release, the band finally unleashed the mini-LP Three Devils Dance last year, and what a monster it is. Three Devils Dance is three songs of punishingly dark and twisting death metal ranging from 9 to almost 15 minutes in length, with an atmosphere so think you can practically feel it with your fingertips. The addition of creepy, almost horror movie-esque ambiance only serves to heighten the mood. Yet Qrixkuor do not merely hide behind their atmosphere or use it as a gimmick; while the murkiness of the demo releases still remains in play, the production quality has been upped ever so slightly, revealing in better detail the level of musicianship present on this release. This album takes the listener down to the deepest, most suffocating depths, but you’ll love every second of the journey.
The Booze: Modern Times Brewing’s City of the Dead
With a name like “City of the Dead,” you know I’m gonna have to at least give this one a try, and since it’s brewed by a name I trust like Modern Times (read my high praise of their limited release Haunted Stars), I had high expectations going in. Thankfully, this beer delivered on its promise in spades. City of the Dead is a stout brewed with bourbon barrel aged coffee and unsurprisingly, this thing packs a whollop. The aging of the coffee seems to temper the acidity, leaving only a deep, smooth coffee flavor with the added richness and slightly sweet finish from the bourbon. Big roasted malt flavor rounds things out and gives nice chocolate notes to complement the bourbon and coffee. This is much more balanced than many other bourbon-infused beers I have had, and I’m thankful that with all the big flavors incorporated here nothing seems to go overboard. Fans of dark brews would do well not to miss this.
And that wraps up another week. Dark beer and dark music go well with all occasions it would seem, whether the outlook is bleak or bright. Hopefully your weeks fell into the latter and not the former, but if not, metal and booze are as good a cure-all as I know of.
Cheers, and be good to each other,