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: Profane Order’s Tightened Noose of Sanctimony and Drake’s Brewing Company’s Electric Owl.
The Metal: Profane Order’s Tightened Noose of Sanctimony
I recently returned to my lair of Southern California from a visit to the Midwest for the holidays, during which I spent my free time going in depth over the albums I was going to put on my “best-of” list. While I managed to finalize everything, the amount of effort I put into examining these albums left me wanting something more simplistic upon my return. Thanks to a generous soul who gifted me this album prior to my departure, I now have Profane Order’s demo to scratch that itch. It’s a shame that I missed this album when it was released in July, because this slice of black/death ugliness delivers what I am constantly on the lookout for. Tightened Noose of Sanctimony is a whirlwind of razor-sharp guitars, frantic drumming, and ugly vocal work that beats you senseless over the course of its 22 minute run time. This is exactly the kind of album I need to whip me back into shape. Don’t think too much about it, just let the fat riffs take you where you need to go.
The Booze: Drake’s Brewing Company’s Electric Owl
In a similar vein to today’s album, I wanted to get back into something with a beer I knew would be a home run, and Drake’s Brewing Company’s Electric Owl was one I knew would be right in my wheelhouse. Drake’s sure didn’t go easy on the coffee on this one; bitter, black coffee hits you immediately upon sipping, easing into smooth hazelnut and hints of caramel. Many of the brown ales I’ve tried can be too sweet, so the fact that Drake’s went all the way to the opposite end of things is a nice change of pace, and makes for a complex drink that is full of character.
It’s good to be back in the swing of things. Hopefully the holidays were as good to you all as they were to me. I’ll catch you all next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,