Welcome back once again, dear readers. You and I have survived yet another week on this planet, and that alone is cause for celebration. Why not enjoy that victory the best way we know how, with good drinks and great music? Let’s get to it. The Metal: Succumb’s S/T. The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Heal the Bay.
The Metal: Succumb’s S/T
Succumb’s self titled debut album has been one of my most anticipated releases of this year. I’m one of, it seems, a minority of people I have seen who actively engages with advance-streaming tracks, and since the first song off of this album premiered I had been dying to get my ears around the whole thing. Now that I have sat with it since its May 5th release date, I can say without a doubt that the hype was justified. This may be one of the more unconventional death metal releases you’ll hear this year, but it’s the no-fucks-given attitude towards death metal songwriting that make Succumb one to stand out from the pack. The music on Succumb bridges the gaps between many different styles of death metal, from classic to cavernous to grinding Ross Bay Cult worship, but never hangs around in one long enough to pigeonhole the band’s sound. Even more unique is main vocalist Cheri Musrasrik, who kicks the traditional death growl to the curb in favor of a pained and breathy yell. Clearly this is a band committed to doing whatever they want, whenever they want, and in this case the result is an album that is chaotic and surprising in all the right ways.
The Booze: Golden Road Brewing’s Heal the Bay
Yes, Golden Road Brewing is joining us again this week. What can I say? I like local and I like good and Golden Road Brewing is both of those things. Today’s drink is another core release from this Los Angeles brewery, the Heal the Bay IPA. This is a very traditional take on a west coast IPA that feels authentically Los Angeles; bright and sunny hops bring citrus and tropical flavors to the forefront, while keeping the finish smooth and not overly bitter, and the body of the drink is crisp and light. I’m not usually a fan of tropical flavors in my IPA’s but it’s not overly done here, and the sweetness lent to the finish balances the drink well. As an added bonus, 10% of all proceeds from this particular beer are donated to its namesake foundation, Heal the Bay, a non-profit environmental group that seeks to foster watershed and ocean conservation and in the LA area.
So there it is. Another week down, another great evening in the bag. Hopefully you’ve found something good here to grace your ears and your palate. If so, my job here is done. If not, come back next week and we’ll see if we can’t get it right then.
Cheers, and be good to each other,