Receiving the Evcharist is our weekly feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Sinmara’s Within the Weaves of Infinity and Dr. Jekyll’s Brewing Company’s Beer Attack.
The Metal: Sinmara’s Within the Weaves of Infinity
Sinmara seem to be the band to beat this year. Just in January, they released a devastatingly good split with fellow countrymen Misthyrming, which gave us easily the best song in the band’s already stacked catalog at that time. Now, just six months later, we are treated to Within the Weaves of Infinity, a brand new offering of three more songs that keep their perfect streak of quality alive and well. Much in the vein of “Ivory Stone,” their track from the previously mentioned split, Within the Weaves of Infinity sees the band continue down a more tempered path. Where their debut release Aphotic Womb was all psychedelia and aggression, …Infinity sees the band take on more airy melody in their music to give an even further depth to their already complex take on modern black metal. Songs like “Nine Halls” still hit with the force of a runaway freight train, make no mistake, but it’s good to see the band stretch themselves further. Icelandic black metal has never been a one-dimensional thing, but Sinmara are among those who attempt to push the countries distinctive sound in exciting directions, and on …Infinity they absolutely stick the landing. It’s entirely possible they’ll end up twice on my best-of-2017 list come year end.
The Booze: Dr. Jekyll’s Brewing Company’s Beer Attack
Calling your brew Beer Attack may seem like overcompensation to some, but this Irish Red style ale delivers enough punch to lend credence to its name. Brewed with the traditional roasted-malt forward qualities, in addition to some special ingredients like berries and cinnamon oil, Beer Attack delivers a striking depth and complexity of flavor that I find lacking in many red ales. The berries are hardly noticeable at all save for the wonderful subtle sweetness they lend to the finish, keeping things from getting too hoppy. Likewise, the cinnamon and flax seed oils merely add extra depth and spice to the malt character, rather than take center stage themselves. If all red ales were this full of character I’d drink them much more often.
Thus ends another week and another ode to good music and great beer. I hope you’ve found something of each to enjoy here. Until next we meet!
Cheers, and be good to each other,