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: Wesenwille’s I: Wesenwille and Indian Wells Brewing Company’s Lobotomy Bock.
The Metal: Wesenwille’s I: Wesenwille
Wesenwille are a brand new outfit, but one whose initial impression, even before I heard a note of their music, caused me to stand up and take notice. I first became aware of the group upon reading a Noisey piece about black metal in Utrecht, the Netherlands, wherein the band’s sound was described as “…an even more restless, clean-produced Svartidauði.” If that isn’t the way into my heart, then I don’t know what is. I got my grubby hands on this promo as soon as I could, and let me tell you, I: Wesenwille is every bit as good as I thought it would be. The comparison is apt: Wesenwille evoke the same angular, discordant black metal sound as the Icelandic scene is known for. But where bands like Svartidauði draw upon themes of dark, psychedelic rituals for their music, Wesenwille draw from more personal themes, tackling humanity’s continued struggles in an overly industrialized world, and the societal structures that shape our interactions. This is black metal that bucks tradition and captures the anxiety and tension of dense city life, and is an excellent example of the forward thinking that will keep black metal relevant for years to come.
The Booze: Indian Wells Brewing Company’s Lobotomy Bock
On deck and in glass tonight is Indian Wells Brewing Company’s Lobotomy Bock. Bocks are not a brew I reach for often, but when I saw the ABV on the label contrasted with the price, I knew I had to make sure my eyes didn’t deceive me. This is maybe the most ‘bang for your buck’ brew I’ve had, and it doesn’t skimp on the flavor either. Loads of sweet malts balance out the double-digit ABV and help add a kind of richness to the thin body of the drink. The caramel flavor is deep and smooth and is offset by just a hint of lager yeastiness. This is a nice surprise from a newcomer to our column.
That about does it this week. Go get into some trouble of your own, and I’ll catch you next time.
Cheers, and be good to each other,