Receiving the Evcharist: Domestikwom and Big Bear Black Stout

Receiving the Evcharist

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: Domestikwom’s A Peace That Destroys and Bear Republic Brewing Company’s Big Bear Black Stout.  

The Metal: Domestikwom’s A Peace That Destroys

domestikwom a peace that destroys

Friend of Nine Circles Jonathan Petkau, is a man who wears many hats, and nowhere is this reflected more than in the music he makes as Domestikwom.  Influenced by topics as varied as personal struggles, religion, and attempts to convince one’s children that vegetables are good for them in the long run, Domestikwom’s music succeeds through its honest portrayal of one man’s life and emotions, and that portrayal goes even deeper on the band’s first full-length album A Peace That Destroys.  Chronicling the real story of Jon’s family’s migration from Russia to Canada through a mix of progressive metal and Mennonite folk melodies, and featuring recordings of Jon’s own Great-Grandfather narrating the tale from a first-person perspective, A Peace That Destroys explores what it means to have a home and the struggles that inevitably shape who we are generations down the line.  It should be no surprise that something this personal would inspire a performance so emotional, but Domestikwom deliver something raw and human here, a performance that shows both a command of Petkau’s unique blend of musical styles and his commitment to putting 100% into whatever it is he does.  Whether through blistering riffs, consuming noise, or pastoral folk, this is a unique album that is full of heart.

The Booze: Bear Republic Brewing Company’s Big Bear Black Stout


Do you feel that chill in the air?  Do you hear the crunching of leaves under your feet?  Is that an actual hoodie I’m wearing?  Yes it is officially the habitable time of year in Southern California, and that means it’s stout season.  Kicking things off is the Big Bear Black Stout from Sonoma County’s Bear Republic Brewing.  Deriving its name from its deep color, this brew is rich in body and packs quite the bite; there are plenty of bitter hops and deep malts to be found here, with notes of dark chocolate to round out the finish.  This isn’t quite as friendly as your average candy bar stout, but that’s actually what makes me like this all the more.  Those tired of the same-old would do well to give this a shot.

It’s been a long few days, but I am finally, mercifully back on my feet.  Thanks to Josh for covering for me last week and the rest of my Nine Circles comrades for the general well-wishes.  Until next time!

Cheers, and be good to each other,

– Vincent


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