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: Extremity’s Coffin Birth and Newton’s Folly Semi Dry Cider.
The Metal: Extremity’s Coffin Birth
Way back in the early parts of last year, I got the opportunity to review Extremity’s debut offering, a demo aptly titled Extremely Fucking Dead that blew me away with its bare-bones approach to death metal and exuberant sense of fun and camp. The only complaint that I could possibly have had with it was that I wanted, nay needed, more. So it is with my greatest pleasure that I get to say that Extremity’s first full-length release delivers exactly what I want from the band: exactly the same, but more of it. Death metal doesn’t need to be fussed with, and the trio of Marissa Martinez, Shelby Lermo, and Aesop Dekker get that. Each powerhouses in well known and respected bands in their own right, on Coffin Birth, as on Extremely Fucking Dead, there is a sense that you are getting a more intimate view of these people, not as rock stars, but just as friends writing and playing the music that they love and enjoy without a need to attempt to gussy it up. From the skull-splattering riffs, to the gloomy touches of goth ambiance, to the absolutely bananas concept story that ties the album together (half-alien zombie black magic babies anyone?), this is campy, low-brow, and ultimately satisfying death metal. Extremity may walk a well-trodden path, but the tried-and-true hallmarks of what make death metal such a pleasure to listen to are front-and-center here, with none of the bullshit that often follows.
The Booze: Newton’s Folly Semi Dry Cider
It’s been a while since we’ve reached for a hard cider on this column. I wanted to start branching out a little bit more often in my picks for here; beer is what I tend to reach for the most because of it’s relative affordability, but it’s certainly not the only thing I drink. Newton’s Folly has been a staple around my house since I was young; I remember my dad liking it particularly, so this one’s for you Pop. Newton’s Folly strikes a balance between crisp and sweet, sitting in the middle where most ciders lean heavily into one or the other. It’s a nice, easy drinking cider, and one that I would recommend to those new to hard cider; it would be great to use as a foil to see what flavors you like and which you don’t. Or you could just keep drinking this forever and be perfectly fine.
Cheers, and I’ll catch you next time. I’m off to Migration Fest, and you’ll probably hear more about that from me later. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,