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: Mutilation Rites’ Chasm and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project’s Petit Sour Rosé.
The Metal: Mutilation Rites’ Chasm
I find myself in the same boat with Chasm as I did when I featured the newest Mammoth Grinder album on this column, in that I am wondering whether its Mutilation Rites that have changed with time or whether it is my ears that have changed, because I do not remember the band sounding this good. Chasm certainly does an excellent job of revitalizing the band’s sound, taking their brand of vile, crusty black metal and injecting a healthy amount of old-school death metal grooves into it, taking things from the straight ahead blasting of 2014’s Harbinger towards something more lurching and violent, like a shambling corpse out of a George Romero movie. Much of this can be attributed to the excellent kit work of drummer Tyler Coburn, who lays the foundation for the band to branch their rhythm work out into new territory, but I think time has also made Mutilation Rites meaner than ever before. The snarl and sneer that has always been the band’s trademark is accentuated by the new musical elements, and this combination of atmosphere and riffs marks Chasm as the best Mutilation Rites have ever sounded.
We may not have access to Trve Brewing here on the West Coast (yet, hopefully), but I did manage to get my hands on the next best thing: a wild, sour ale from another micro-brewery from Denver, CO. Crooked Stave Artisan Ale Project is a mouthful of a name, and the Rosé edition of their petite sour ale is equally complex. It successfully meets halfway between a sparkling wine and an ale, with the soft, light flavor of grapes and berries playing off the just slightly tart, funky ale base. The “petite” nature of the drink means it isn’t quite as sour as one would expect, but there’s plenty of character here to keep things interesting. Denver remains at the head of the game.
That wraps up this week. Check back here next week for more of the same goodness. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,