Hail and well met once again. We have a good selection of treats to kick your weekend off with tonight. Let’s dive right in. The Metal: Ungesehen’s Unaussprechliches Entsetzen. The Booze: Avery Brewing Company’s El Gose.
The Metal: Ungesehen’s Unaussprechliches Entsetzen
One of the defining factors of black metal is its vocal delivery. From its outset, the shrieks employed by vocalists like Dead and Abbath were meant to evoke something inhuman and put distance between them and the death metal crowd. As we know, black metal has evolved and shifted form in many ways since its inception, yet that particular vocal style is still the most prevalent. What would black metal be like without it? If it’s anything like Ungesehen, still very damn enjoyable. Unaussprechliches Entsetzen takes black metal song structures and removes vocals all together, choosing instead to let atmosphere and melody rule these songs completely instead of being overshadowed. Deeply melancholic and full of twisting guitar lines and driven by impeccable drumming, the nine songs on Ungesehen’s debut release take the listener to a place of reflection and solitude. Perfect for a quiet evening at home.
The Booze: Avery Brewing Company’s El Gose
My love for sour beers is growing stronger day by day, and I am thankful that I am able to find brews like El Gose to satisfy that craving. A Mexican-inspired take on a German style beer, El Gose takes the traditional gose and adds lime and sea salt to bring a sharpness and brightness to the drink. The result is tart and refreshing, with the salt factor being just slight enough to enhance the underlying yeast flavor of the gose without drying out one’s mouth. Being a gose, this is light on alcohol content, but El Gose is so good you won’t have any trouble going back for two or three more. This is going to become one of my summertime essentials for sure.
So there it is. A German band putting their unique spin on a Norwegian sound and an American brewery riffing on a classic German style of beer. Little twists always keep things interesting, and both of these were successful if I do say so myself. I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I. Until next time!
Cheers, and be good to each other,