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: Pneuma Hagion’s Rituals of Extinction and Mammoth Brewing Company’s Dos Osos.
The Metal: Pneuma Hagion’s Rituals of Extinction
Pneuma Hagion are a band with a relatively small discography, but one that is consistent quality. Their “Trinity” of demos were some of my favorite releases of 2015, and after a period of relative silence following the end of that year (releasing only one new song as part of a split), Pneuma Hagion return from the shadows with Rituals of Extinction, three songs of ghastly death metal that moves seamlessly between crawling doom and sinister blackened ferocity. Songs like “Archon of Disease” and “The Shedding of Flesh” excel at both grinding blast-beat laden fury and slithering doom, tying them together through the common ground of the suffocating atmosphere they both convey. Imagine if Hooded Menace got really into the early nineties Ross Bay Cult bands and you have a pretty good idea of what you’re in for. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like a good time to me.
The Booze: Mammoth Brewing Company’s Dos Osos
Mammoth Brewing Company describes Dos Osos, a mexican style lager flavored with vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, and coffee, as “a nod to spring time in the Sierras and groggy bears.” Perhaps my sampling this beer in September is contrary to the intent of the people who brewed it, but it still feels appropriate. Springtime is a time of evening temperatures, where the last chill of winter is brushed off by the sun’s longer presence. Conversely, Southern California just went through over a week of triple digit heat, and now that it’s cooled off to a manageable degree, I feel like I, too, have emerged from a kind of hibernation. This brew, full of complex flavors but with a light body and refreshing finish, is perfect for reawakening into the world.
That wraps up this week then. I hope reading this has given you some joy. If it has, I’d encourage you to go out and return the favor to someone. There’s plenty of people who need it right now.
Cheers, and be good to each other,