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: Acephalix’s Decreation and Beachwood Brewing Company’s Citraholic.
The Metal: Acephalix’s Decreation
I once saw someone describe Acephalix’s music as “knuckle-dragging death metal” and that’s maybe the best descriptor I could use to prepare you for what you have in store with Decreation. The band’s first album in five years, Decreation is an absolute plethora of dirty, groovy death metal riffs, cut with just the right amount of crust punk snarl. Songs like “Suffer (Life in Fragments)” and “Egoic Skin” tear through their run times with vicious abandon, mixing mid-paced hardcore stomp with the kind of death metal that would make “Left Hand Path” blush. The whole experience is capped off with the menacing vocals of Daniel Butler (also of Vastum fame). If you’re looking for the sweeps and the shreds and the 64th note fretboard tapping, you might want to check elsewhere, but for all else, Decreation is nigh on forty minutes of all-out death metal fun that is sure to please.
The Booze: Beachwood Brewing Company’s Citraholic
I guess I shouldn’t really have to say how much I love a good West Coast IPA at this point, being based in the West Coast and all, but damn I love a good citrus-y brew. Citraholic, then, would be a name that would signify something wonderful to me, and as it turns out Beachwood Brewing spoke to my heart with this one. The namesake citrus flavor is present here, in the form of a strong lemon flavor in the finish, yet the brew isn’t nearly as bitter as one might imagine it could be. This is a much softer and more rounded lemony flavor, like a good lemon meringue pie might be. Not what I was expecting, but definitely what I needed.
That wraps up another week for us. Stay frosty my friends (if you can, it’s hot as hell pretty much everywhere right now) and I’ll check in with you next week. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,