Welcome back dear readers. This has been a trying week for me, having been buried in work at the job that pays my bills, so believe me when I say that bringing you another evening of metal and booze is entirely my pleasure. And this week we have some good things lined up. Without further ado; The Metal: Devouring Star’s Antihedron. The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Wolf Among Weeds.
The Metal: Devouring Star’s Antihedron
Devouring Star’s newest EP is an odd creature. The three songs on Antihedron, the band’s first new material since 2015’s Through the Lung and Heart, bear almost no resemblance to their predecessor. Through the Lung and Heart showed a band happy to revel in the kinds of dissonance and avant-garde mania popularized by many French and Icelandic bands, and as such was an album that I greatly enjoyed. Antihedron, on the other side of the coin, is a lumbering beast of an album; rarely do these songs venture out past a mid-tempo sludgy crawl, and the ringing dissonance of old is almost completely absent. Upon hearing the album in its entirety, this came as a shock to my system, as I was expecting something more familiar from it. I was determined, however, to give an honest shot to a band that I enjoy as much as Devouring Star, and after sitting with this EP for a month now, I can say that I genuinely enjoy this release. Sometimes it’s good to know what to expect from a band, but predictability can be a double edged sword. In Devouring Star’s case, the album I got may not have been what I expected, but taken on its own, it succeeds in crafting the kind of dark and ominous atmosphere I crave in my music, and at the end of the day, that begs me to listen to it again. I would encourage anyone on the fence about this release to forgo any preconceived notions and enjoy it for what it is: a brooding and menacing piece of goodness.
The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Wolf Among Weeds
Golden Road Brewing has been featured in this column before, but its high time they make a return. Being one of the most local breweries to me and having easy access to many of their varieties, they have become something of a staple in my life of late. Wolf Among Weeds is one of my favorites of theirs, and one that I am always eager to get my hands on when I can. Wolf Among Weeds is a strong, west-coast style IPA that is bursting with the grassy, bright notes characteristic of the style. Not overly bitter or hoppy, the balance on this drink belies an 8% ABV (where the “Wolf” in Wolf Among Weeds comes from I suppose). Smooth-drinking and heavy-hitting, this satisfies every craving I have for an IPA.
Nothing restores the spirit, at least my spirit, like an evening with beer and good tunes. Hopefully this has been a good week for you all, and if not I hope both of our weeks get better. I know mine is certainly looking up from here.
Cheers, and be good to each other,