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: Chaos Echoes’ Mouvement and The Lost Abbey Brewing Company’s Carnevale.
The Metal: Chaos Echoes’ Mouvement
Chaos Echoes are an act that have fascinated me for quite some time now. The oddball French outfit are already known for taking an already esoteric form of blackened death metal and upping the ante with ritualistic percussion and ambiance. This dazzlingly heady musical formula has now come to full fruition on Mouvement, the band’s newest full-length release. Even compared to 2015’s Transient, the departure the band has taken further into the more abstract aspects of their sound is immediately apparent. The most obvious change is that vocals are largely absent on Mouvement, with the exception of the album’s final track. The music contained here is even less black and death metal than before as well. The way the instruments seem to weave in and out of each other, off on their own tangents but still finding points of contact seems to borrow from jazz more than such other cavernous death metal acts, though that isn’t to say there aren’t more than enough choice riffs here, such as in “Shine On, Obsidian! Ego! Ego! Echo Back to the Yearning of the Self!.” All this is to say that Mouvement is the most complex and engaging album yet from a band that is never afraid to steer themselves into uncharted waters.
The Booze: The Lost Abbey Brewing Company’s Carnevale
Tonight’s brew comes to us from San Marcos, CA’s the Lost Abbey. I managed to snag a bottle of the brand new 2018 vintage of their Carnevale brett saison, and while I have no other knowledge of the previous vintages to compare it to, Carnevale is a wonderful drink as it stands. This is less grassy and floral than most saisons I’ve had, the wild notes mostly coming through in the finish, and there is a distinct sour apple-like tartness to give it some backbone. The finish is smooth and clean, without too much yeast lingering on the palate. I would be interested to see what has changed between the different variations of this, as wild ales tend to do, but I’d be more than happy to pick up this vintage again any time as well, and you should seek it out too.
That’s all for this week. Enjoy the weekend however you’re able to, and I’ll catch you again next Friday. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,