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: Voidsphere’s To Call|To Speak and Alpine Beer Company’s Willy Vanilly.
The Metal: Voidsphere’s To Call|To Speak
Voidsphere are a fresh face in the world of black metal, and while not much, if anything at all, is known about the people that make up the band, one look at the cover of their debut offering To Call | To Speak should tell you exactly what you are in store for upon pressing play. Consisting of two tracks, the 21 minute “The Void Calls” and the 19 minute “The Void Speaks,” this album takes long-form black metal to another level. While much of the album plays with hypnotic repetition of themes to draw the listener in, there is a good deal of more aggressive elements here to shake things up, from the dissonant chords that characterize modern black metal to thrashier palm-muted guitar passages and a bass tone with a surprising amount of growl to it. While many bands would be content to phone it in with overly drawn out passages of ambiance, To Call | To Speak shows a band that knows how to keep a listener both entranced and engaged without resorting to gimmicks.
The Booze: Alpine Beer Company’s Willy Vanilly
When you think of wheat beers, one tends to think of summer and of fruit beer. When autumn has finally, mercifully, shown its face, however, wheat beer usually gets shelved until the weather warms up. Alpine Beer Company is here to show that wheat beer can still get the love it deserves even in the colder months with Willy Vanilly, a wheat beer with a seasonally appropriate vanilla flavor. Where fruity wheat ales tend to be one dimensional and gloss over the underlying flavor of the wheat beer itself, Willy Vanilly takes a much more subtle approach, letting the vanilla linger in the finish to smooth out the yeasty presence of the beer. Willy Vanilly is light and smooth, but feels comforting like a stout or porter might be. I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of this flavor pairing upon purchase, but Alpine pulled it off.
I realize I may be echoing a sentiment expressed by many already, but how is it November already? I have no idea where this year went. Just take comfort in the fact that there is still time to make what is left of 2017 count. Until next time,
Cheers, and be good to each other,