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: Wake’s Misery Rites and Boulevard Brewing Company’s Love Child No. 8.
The Metal: Wake’s Misery Rites
Canada’s Wake are an unrelenting force in more ways than one. Two years almost to the day since the band’s last full-length, the massively successful Sowing the Seeds of a Worthless Tomorrow, the Calgary quintet return with Misery Rites, bringing an unprecedented level of pain to their already chaotic crust/grind stew. Tracks like the title track, “Paradigm Lost,” and most notably on album-closer “Burial Ground” see the band transition to an almost Rotten Sound level of death-grind animosity, with pulverizing rhythms and dissonance thrown in. There appears to be a good deal of black metal incorporated into the sound now too, which delights me to no end; the grind/black/death sonic holy trinity never fails to get my head banging. The album may be called Misery Rites but this is a fuckin’ good time.
The Booze: Boulevard Brewing Company’s Love Child No. 8
I am absolutely loving this recent trend where I am actually able to find sour ales that are within my price range, and good ones at that too. Boulevard Brewing Company’s Love Child No. 8 is the newest iteration of the brewery’s sour ale, and while like last week, I have no previous experience with the other versions of this drink to compare to, I absolutely love what this vintage brings. Forsaking outright fruitiness for yeasty funk, Love Child still manages to be crisp and extremely puckering with slight, cleansing apple finish to it. Weird and refreshing all at the same time, as any good sour should be.
We’ll wrap this up here then, and I’ll catch you next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,