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: Wayfarer’s World’s Blood and Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Seafarer Kolsch-Style Ale.
The Metal: Wayfarer’s World’s Blood
From the very first hits of the galloping drum beat that opens up World’s Blood, Denver’s Wayfarer make it very clear what they’re about. Whether its the Western-tinged rhythmic and instrumental patterns or the wide-open sense of space they imbue into their brand of black metal, Wayfarer are shaped by the vast plains and ghost towns of the American West to their very core. Rather than being campy spaghetti western, however, on World’s Blood, the band’s third full-length album, the Colorado quartet draw upon the darkness inherent to the land’s history of colonization, bloodshed, and greed to paint a stark portrait of the horrors of manifest destiny. The five songs on World’s Blood encompass everything from hypnotic, spectral ambiance to full-ahead charging black metal, driven by the clockwork drumming of Issac Faulk (who also crushes the skins in fellow Denver legends Blood Incantation) and given breath by the darkly melodic string work of bassist Jamie Hansen and guitarists Shane McCarthy and Joey Truscelli. Along the way, the songs are accented with slide guitar melodies, digeridoo, and tambourine, incorporating the folk elements that impart the storied backdrop that is central to World’s Blood. This is a gripping and entrancing album that continues to prove that US black metal is setting the bar ever higher.
The Booze: Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Seafarer Kolsch-Style Ale
Listening to bands from Denver, especially in this context, always makes me wish I had something from Trve Brewing to pair these albums with. Alas, it was not to be (this time). Instead, we have on deck one of the core offerings from Inglewood, CA’s Three Weavers Brewing Company. Seafarer (hey it rhymes! Seafarer, Wayfarer…get it…) is a kolsch-style ale, with a pale yellow color and light body. There is a certain sweetness to the drink, something fruity and floral, but with a crisp and subtle tartness on the finish. It reminds me at times of a dry champagne, but this is a far cry from ‘the champaign of beers’ (TM). Overall, exceedingly pleasant.
Hey we made it through another week. Hot damn. Reward yourselves this weekend and I’ll see you back at the finish line again next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,