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: Altarage’s Endinghent and Eagle Rock Brewery’s Ginger Saison.
The Metal: Altarage’s Endinghent
Altarage haven’t been an active band for a long time, but the impact they made on me since their debut release NIHL (one of my favorite releases of last year) has been massive. Alongside bands like Antiversum, Alatarage are one of the bands I feel do the “cavernous” death metal style in the most interesting way. Now, Altarage have found exciting ways to expand on that formula on Endinghent, their second full length release in as many years. While NIHL was all aggression and punishment, Endinghent sees the band confidently stretching their songwriting skills in exciting ways. Opener “Incessant Magma” is a perfect exercise in tension building, in which the band plays with slower tempos and churning chords to ramp thing up before the second track and lead-off single “Spearheaderon” sends everything crashing back down, and “Rift” sees the band lean harder into dissonance than ever before. Endinghent is the sound of a band confidently growing into their own, and fans of death metal would do well to not miss this.
The Booze: Eagle Rock Brewery’s Ginger Saison
For dealing with an album as dense as Endinghent, its nice to have something refreshing to go with it. Eagle Rock Brewery’s Ginger Saison is the perfect accompaniment. The balance of flavors here is nicely achieved; the ginger flavor is refreshing without being too peppery, there is a nice grapefruit bitterness to cut through the finish, and the farmhouse characteristics are not too floral or off-putting. This brew is complex enough to be intriguing yet light enough for anyone to enjoy; this would be a great first choice for someone looking to try a farmhouse ale for the first time.
Another week in the can (man I’m full of puns this week). Enjoy whatever time you have to yourself, and I’ll catch you next Friday. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,