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: Dawn Ray’d’s The Unlawful Assembly and Ayinger’s Oktober Fest-Märzen.
The Metal: Dawn Ray’d’s The Unlawful Assembly
I love black metal, but black metal does not always love me, for several reasons among which is the fact that my personal political stances lean very sharply to the left. The looming specter of bigotry and fascism worship that infests this genre is enough some days to make me want to throw in the towel. Bands like Dawn Ray’d then, bands who are not afraid to take a stand against bigotry in the metal scene and who use their craft to fight for the good of working class people, are all the more important to me. This English trio’s demo blew me away with its unashamed anarchist stance and its unique take on folk-influenced black metal, and while far from perfect, it was striking enough that it was always in the back of my mind. Now, some two years later, the band is releasing its debut full-length The Unlawful Assembly. The strides Dawn Ray’d have made in the time between A Thorn, A Blight and now are incredible to behold. The daring expansion of their folk elements into two full acoustic songs with clean vocals showcases Dawn Ray’d’s growth in song writing skill and confidence, the violin the band employs in its songs gels perfectly into the mix, adding texture and atmosphere without sounding forced or melodramatic, and of course, the righteous anger the band carries as its torch burns brighter here than ever before, both in terms of the fury contained in the music and the scathing nature of the lyrical content. Dawn Ray’d are a band renewed in purpose who have cemented themselves with The Unlawful Assembly as one of the most vital voices in metal today. This is an easy contender for Album of the Year.
’tis the season for festival beer, and what better one to kick off the fall with than something authentic, imported from Bavaria itself? Ayinger’s Oktoberfest beer is everything one expects and could want from the style. Malty, sweet, and clean, this is an endlessly drinkable brew with the subtle spiced finish that screams autumn. What else would one expect from a beer certified to be brewed under the Reinheitsgebot purity laws of 1516? Tradition runs deep among this style of brew, and Ayinger continue to keep it real.
That wraps up this week. Go out and enjoy yourselves, and we’ll be back next week with more booze and tunes. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,