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: Mylingar’s Döda Drömmar and Hendrick’s Gin.
The Metal: Mylingar’s Döda Drömmar
The best word to describe Mylingar’s sound is probably “nasty.” The band have received intense praise for this exact quality for their 2016 demo Döda Vägar, which was a slice of crypt-fermented death metal that had mean riffs and plenty of suffocating atmosphere to spare. It was a release that showcased immense promise, and now only two years later, the band’s first full-length album Döda Drömmar sees them go even further out of bounds. Everything here from the atmosphere to the riffs is just downright nasty: from the hollow, ugly guitar tone that spews out whirlwind riffs, to the gurgling vocals (the wet, ragged coughing that punctuates the end of “Början” is an album highlight), this is an album that crafts a physical sensation of darkness better than just about any death metal I’ve heard this year.
The Booze: Hendrick’s Gin
Summer time, and the living’s…not that easy to be honest. Last Friday and Saturday it was 110 degrees in beautiful (ha) Southern California, and while it’s marginally cooler now, the heat is here to stay it seems, which means we’ve got a temporary hold on beer for things I can drink over ice. Thankfully, I’ve got Old Reliable tucked away in my cabinet: a nice bottle of Hendrick’s Gin. Gin is very much an acquired taste, I understand, but I’ve come to love it wholeheartedly, and none more so than Hendrick’s. It’s got all the botanical goodness that you love in gin, with a nice balance in the finish between dry citrus and smooth cucumber that gives it its own uniqueness. Pour over a block of ice, add a splash of tonic water, and you’ve got the perfect antidote to the blistering hellscape that is that most wretched of seasons, summer.
Many thanks to Chris for coming through in the clutch for me last week. I loved his article and I hope you did as well. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d urge you to check it out as well. Until next time,
Cheers, and be good to each other,