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: Rotting Sky’s Sedation and Unibroue Brewing Company’s La Fin du Monde.
The Metal: Rotting Sky’s Sedation
Rotting Sky’s Sedation is an album that has won an uphill battle to get the attention it deserves. Originally released as a limited edition cassette by a label on its last legs, the album languished in obscurity for three years before finally being given the proper re-release treatment by Sentient Ruin Laboratories, complete with brand new album art and a complete re-master for vinyl release. If there were ever an album that deserved to have this kind of light shined on it, Sedation is definitely it. Rotting Sky manage to strike a balance between two completely polar opposite elements, one part industrial noise and fierce black metal, the other surprisingly graceful melody. Songs like “White Angel,” which moves over the course of its 11+ minute run time between triumphant black metal riffing to industrial clamor, to full on harsh noise wall exemplify the ever-shifting dynamics of the music, and when moments like the genuinely moving outro of “Tyrants of Sedation” hit, it makes their impact felt that much more. This was an album truly ahead of its time, and I’m glad that others (and myself) finally have gotten the opportunity to appreciate it properly.
The Booze: Unibroue Brewing Company’s La Fin du Monde
I can’t believe how long its taken me to actually buy myself a bottle of this. La Fin du Monde, the flagship ale from Montreal, Quebec’s Unibroue brewing, has been on my list of beers to try for literally years, and despite being available everywhere around me, for one reason or another I kept inventing excuses to pass on it, until one day I realized how dumb that was. And now that I’ve finally gotten it in my grasp, I’m obviously kicking myself for not making the purchase sooner. Belgian style ales may not be one of my go-to drinks, but La Fin du Monde is easily one of the better ones I’ve had. Its strength lies, ironically, in the way it isn’t quite as intense as some other’s I’ve had; its sweetness is tempered by a dry finish and yeasty character, making for a well-rounded and pleasant drink.
That does it for another week. I’ll catch you next time. Until then, and as always,
Cheers, and be good to each other,