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: Void Ritual’s Death is Peace and Eel River Brewing Company’s Organic Porter.
The Metal: Void Ritual’s Death is Peace
Whether spearheading the newly founded charity label Ipos Music, writing about music for various sites, or creating music under any number of monikers across genres, it’s pretty safe to say New Mexico’s Daniel Jackson is something of an underground institution at this point. Very few artists with this much output give as much time and attention to each release as Dan does, and nowhere is this more obvious than Void Ritual, the project which is arguably Dan’s most beloved and respected. Void Ritual have always had an ability to take the themes of classic, second-wave black metal and breathe a new life into them, and nowhere is this more successful than on Death is Peace, the project’s second full-length album. With nods to both classic Norwegian aggression and Swedish melody, Death is Peace manages to strike the balance between paying respect to the forefathers of black metal while avoiding falling into the tropes of the genre. From the Eastern European melody of opener “Given Unto the Water” to the off-kilter rhythms of “In the Depths,” to the dissonance of album closer “Loss (Pt. 1),” Death is Peace showcases the project’s most varied songwriting to date, giving a modern edge to the songs that is refreshing. As I said on one of our more recent podcast episodes, this has been a year where there hasn’t been a lot of black metal hitting me very hard, but this album connects with me in a big way. And if my word alone is not enough to convince you to open your wallet, Ipos Music is also donating all of the revenue from the album to the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women. A worthy album for a worthy cause.
The Booze: Eel River Brewing Company’s Organic Porter
Fun fact: I actually reached out to Dan to see what beer he would recommend pairing with Death is Peace. His recommendation was Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot Barleywine. I wanted to see if I could pick some up, but vacation happened and I ran out of time. I’m sorry Dan. My shame will hang in these halls until the end of time. Instead, what we have for you today, is a robust porter from Eel River Brewing Company. I had been avoiding dark, heavy beer for the summer months, but I had a couple bottles of this left over in my fridge from a get-together with friends and I couldn’t help myself. There’s something about the marriage of black metal and dark beer that I love. And I love this porter. Sweet and malty, it hits all the notes I’d want from a porter, with enough deep complexity to keep each sip interesting. Close your eyes, and you can almost imagine the 100 degree heat you’re feeling is from a warm fire on a cold day, and not just, you know, the way things are in summer in the desert.
So this week is a twofer: you can experience this album with my pairing, or per the artist’s own pick. Consider it my gift to you.
I am slowly but surely recovering from Migration Fest, and I am working to give you my impressions of that in the coming days. For now, relax and enjoy our regularly scheduled program. I’ll look for you next time. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,