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: Moray’s Temporal Majesty and Double Mountain Brewing Company’s Carrie Ladd Steamship Porter.
The Metal: Moray’s Temporal Majesty
Provo, UT’s Moray have come charging out the gate with Temporal Majesty, their first demo. Practically bursting at the seams with heartfelt melody and feral aggression, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Christian Deign Petersen alongside drummer Brett Barrett create music that, while initially recalling black metal, gives the listener something much more interesting than your average tremolo riff/blast beat/lo-fi production demo. There is a youthful stomp to these songs that recalls melodic hardcore and even, perhaps, some metalcore elements that make songs like “Aether” and “Dagger” fist-swinging good times. Wherever the influences may come from, Moray clearly are not afraid of breaking from tradition, and the result is a dynamic and wholly invigorating first offering. If this is only the beginning, I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Have you ever had one of those moments when you stumble upon something and think that its brand new to you, but you come to find out that you’ve experienced it before? In attempting to select a drink from the liquor store, I was drawn to the striking packaging of this beer (and let’s be honest, how can I say no to a good porter?) and bought it, not remembering until later, after checking into my Untappd app, that I had gotten this beer once before, in March of 2016 on a trip to Portland, OR. It seems that the Carrie Ladd Steamship Porter now has a second chance to make a first impression on me, and from first sip it’s easy to see why I loved it the first time. This is roasty perfection, full of the sweet and rich tastes any porter fan would go nuts for. The body of the drink is light enough to keep things from being too cloying, and a good coffee bitterness rounds out the finish. I promise not to forget about this beer in the future now that I know where to find it locally.
I’ve been on vacation for the previous week visiting my significant other’s family in upstate New York, and although the scenery was beautiful and the company was excellent, after the mayhem that is family reunions and airplane travel, I’m still dead on my feet. Fortunately, a night like this is just what the doctor ordered. I’d make the same recommendation to any of you, free of consultation fee, even. Until next time.
Cheers, and be good to each other,