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: Mizmor’s This Unabating Wakefulness and Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Galaxy.
The Metal: Mizmor’s This Unabating Wakefulness
What’s not to love about an act that refers to its music as “wholly doomed black metal?” Mizmor have been an underground favorite of mine for some time, and being able to see them live at Migration Fest set that appreciation in stone, to say nothing of last years’ Yodh, an album that cracked my top ten favorite releases of 2016. Hot on the heels of that is “This Unabating Wakefulness,” a song that was released as a bonus track to accompany a cassette discography box set put out by the band. Yes, technically this is only one song, and we normally don’t cover those here but Mizmor songs are long and dense enough to warrant consideration on their own. Building from a ringing acoustic guitar intro, the song moves in and out of droning ambient, windswept doom, and ferocious black metal through the course of its fifteen minute run time. The sense of weariness the project is meant to philosophically capture is once again palpable here, not because the song is a chore to get through, but because ALN knows exactly how to get his point across. Mizmor’s music is about the journey, and “This Unabating Wakefulness” is another stellar trip into the depths of human misery you’ll want to relive over and over again.
The Booze: Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Galaxy
To compliment something as dense as Mizmor, we have an equally dense ale on deck tonight. Prairie Artisan Ales’ Funky Galaxy is a dry-hopped black farmhouse ale, and if that descriptor sounds like a mouthful, wait until you taste the beer itself. The base flavor profile of the dark saison ale comes through in the tart and fruity finish, like stone fruit meets citrus. The Galaxy hops, from where the brew gets its name, hits the tongue first, giving a bitter start that compliments the citrus in the finish. The result is something complex that, rather than blending together homogeneously, goes from bitter to smooth to bitter to smooth. This roller coaster ride on your taste buds makes every sip intriguing and worth the price of admission. Don’t pass this up if you’re lucky enough to find it.
We had a pretty hefty offering tonight, but hopefully you’ve found something worthwhile here. Until next we meet!
Cheers, and be good to each other,