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: At Dusk & Sacerdos’ Split and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Rowing Needles.
The Metal: At Dusk & Sacerdos’ Split
I love split records, particularly when I can be introduced to two bands who are new to me at the same time. Such is the case with the split between At Dusk and Sacerdos, my introduction to both of these acts as well as to Pacific Threnodies, the up-and-coming label releasing this tape. Both acts hail from California, and both bands offer a single 10+ minute track as their respective sides of this split, but this is where the similarities end. At Dusk’s side, “Condemned,” is a muscular work of down-tuned, somber black metal cut with plenty of ambient passages and ominous samples. The balance between the weight of the guitar tone and the use of melody makes the experience for me. Sacerdos’ “Hexagonum” feels like equal parts Inquisition and classic Swedish black metal, and while it feels less cohesive as a whole song than At Dusk’s side, it certainly has enough riffs per square inch to make up for that. Black metal fans will find two diverse and complimentary offerings here.
I’ve been having bad luck lately finding sour beers that won’t leave me bankrupt, but Modern Times comes through for me in the clutch once again. Rowing Needles is a sour Berliner Weisse that is flavored with raspberries and blackberries, two of my absolute favorite fruits, especially when they’re combined. The beer pours the color of the most beautiful purple sunset, and is bursting with juicy fruit flavor. While not absolutely mouth-puckeringly sour, the tart finish is very pronounced, which is exactly what I have been looking for; if you’re gonna make a beer sour, make it sour and don’t hide from it. The low ABV and refreshing fruitiness make this an extremely drinkable beer, and it’s perfectly suited to hot nights like the one I’m having. There’s a reason why Modern Times has been featured here before, and why they’re a staple in my house.
That about wraps up this session. Go forth and explore this excellent split and beer I’ve brought you, or find something cool of your own. The weekend beckons once more, seize it if you have the chance.
Cheers, and be good to each other,