Welcome back and happy Friday, dear listeners. I’m still picking up the pieces of my life post-vacation, and nowhere more so than with respect to music. It seems so much good stuff was slated for the end of March while I was out and about that it is an uphill battle to try to sort things out. So this week, we’ll give some time to a release that I missed while on vacation, and as always, we’ll pair it with something good and strong. The Metal: Buioingola’s Il Nuovo Mare. The Booze: Alaskan Brewing Company’s Perseverance.
The Metal: Buioingola’s Il Nuovo Mare
I’ll admit to almost passing this release by; the descriptor seemed almost too bizarre even for me, someone who likes a lot of bizarre in their metal. In the end, I gave it a shot because I trust Sentient Ruin to come through with quality music, and I’m very glad I did. What Italy’s Buioingola deliver here is all across the board in terms of influence; Il Nuovo Mare is built on a foundation of heavy industrial rhythms and post-punk influenced guitar work with just the right sprinkling of black and doom metal to give it a razor sharp edge and an atmosphere of complete and utter gloom. The shared commonality of despair present in each of these influences is what ties these disparate elements together and makes Il Nuovo Mare a cohesive and engaging listening experience. It’s a shame that this is possibly the last release from this collective, but to go out on a note this high is all any artist could ask for.
The Booze: Alaskan Brewing Company’s Perseverance
What, me? Talk about another imperial stout I bought? Perish the thought! I know I tend to focus on dark beer in these columns, but I try to find little touches that make each one stand out. Today’s brew comes to us all the way from Juneau, AK; Perseverance is a Russian imperial stout brewed in celebration of Alaskan Brewing Company’s 30th anniversary, and flavored with birch syrup and local wildflower honey. The result is a dark, rich, and sweet ale that tells the story of the land that it came from. Deep chocolate flavor is most prominent, giving way to the wonderfully odd forest-y finish of the birch and wildflowers. The syrup and honey don’t make this as sweet as you would imagine, and do wonders to enhance the rich body of the drink. A definite keeper, if I can get my hands on it again that is.
Thus concludes another week of me seeking out the oddest things I can find for your, and my own, enjoyment. If something seems too out-there to be for you, give it a shot anyway. Embrace the weirder side of life, and you may find something great you would have looked over otherwise.
Cheers, and be good to each other,