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: Abyssal Vacuum’s MMXVII and Paradox Brewing Company’s Osa Frambuesa.
The Metal: Abyssal Vacuum’s MMXVII
Abyssal Vacuum’s demo is three songs in twenty minutes, named simply I, II, and III, and the album is similarly titled after the year the songs were conceived in. Upon pressing play, however, this simplicity belies a demo of complex and hypnotic black metal. Abyssal Vacuum utilize deep, cavernous vocals and delay-drenched guitars to give a modern edge to their sound, and cut the chaos with just the right amount of ritualistic ambiance. The comparison to Black Twilight Circle stalwarts Arizmenda are immediately apparent but 1.) this is unique in sound enough to not be anywhere close to a “copycat” and 2.) so many more bands need to be drawing cues from Arizmenda because they rule. I hope more material from this act is coming soon, because a full-length would have the potential to shatter the earth.
Shout out to Gareth at DEATH // SENTENCE for the tip on this album. DEATH // SENTENCE is a podcast that touches on extreme metal, literature, and radical politics. If any of that appeals to you, check it out wherever podcasts are sold.
The Booze: Paradox Brewing Company’s Osa Frambuesa
We went light on the beer last week, but after the couple of days I’ve had, something stronger was definitely necessary this time around. Good thing this bottle I’ve had my eye on for some time was on sale. Paradox Brewing Company’s Osa Frambuesa is a one-off variation on their Skully wild brown ale that is brewed with raspberries and aged in red wine barrels. The result is easily one of the best sour ales I’ve had, hands down. Osa Frambuesa is bursting with juicy raspberry flavor, and the subtle red wine flavor coming through at the end gives it a nice complexity. The tartness level is right where I’d like it, too: pronounced but not off-putting. Everything about this is a home run.
Excellent music and drinks are the ultimate panacea for a tired soul. I hope you’ve found some comfort in your night as well, and I hope these recommendations helped with that. I’ll see you next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,