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: Svneatr’s The Howl, The Whisper, The Hunt and Angel City Brewing Company’s Public House Saison.
The Metal: Svneatr’s The Howl, The Whisper, The Hunt
Canada’s Svneatr are a new name for me, but what an impression their first album has made on me in the time I’ve spent with it. The three-piece band play black metal with a nod to the old school that is full of absolutely feral aggression. Driven by groove-heavy drumming, the six songs presented here lope along like a wolf stalking its prey until things take off into blast-beat frenzy and the jaws clamp down (and goddamn that drum mix sounds massive). Vocalist Vitharr has a commanding presence on the album, his vocals tearing through the mix and giving the snarl and vitriol that puts the spirit in their blend of black metal. If you like your black metal lean, mean, and without pulling any punches, this comes with a lofty recommendation. I already can’t wait to see what this young act has in store for us next.
The Booze: Angel City Brewing Company’s Public House Saison
Angel City Brewing is a name I’ve been happy to get to know more of lately. We’ve covered one of their more out-there brews in the past, but this time we’ve got something a little more middle of the road, but one I honesty am enjoying more if I’m being honest. Public House is a dry-hopped saison that leans a little more heavy on the sour aspect rather than the floral and funky, thanks to a healthy dose of West Coast hops bolstering the drink with citrus notes. There’s still plenty of yeasty character to keep things familiar, but this strikes a balance between the different aspects of the saison style that makes it quite interesting. Even at 7% this is an effortlessly sessionable beer, and it reveals more and more of its character over time.
That about wraps it up for me again. I’ll catch you next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,