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: Ergo I Exist’s The Depths and Angel City Brewery’s Sunbather Batch 3.
The Metal: Ergo I Exist’s The Depths
Following a two song demo released in January of last year, The Depths is only Ergo I Exist’s second release, but in the time spent since initially making their presence felt the strides the band has taken cannot be overstated. The now-four-piece act draws from musical influences across the spectrum of all things heavy, and weave them with a deft hand to create a sound that is all their own. Part progressive, sometimes sludgy, Ergo I Exist fuse dynamic touches to ferocious riffage, craft spacious, flowing ambiance, and do it all with the confidence of an act long established. From the neck-snapping syncopated riffs of “Bochdalec” (and hey, I’m always down for more Bloodborne references in metal songs), to the swirling atmosphere of “Mayflower,” there is something here for every listener to get down with. Ergo I Exist may have a sound that is pleasingly hard to pin down, but ‘Genre Baseball’ is a dumb game to play anyway; it should be sufficient enough to say this is heavy as lead and good as all hell. If this is only the first taste of what we can expect, than this is going to be an act to watch out for.
The Beer: Angel City Brewery’s Sunbather Batch 3
At long last, it’s finally mine. I have been trying to get my hands on Angel City’s Deafheaven tribute beer since I knew it existed, and have had it slip through my hands on more than one occasion, but thankfully I have the best girlfriend in the world who buys me nice presents for when I come home from vacation. Sunbather is half IPA, half sour ale, made with a rotating single hop infusion. The particular batch I got my hands on is the newest of the series, Batch 3, which according to Angel City’s website was just canned this last June. This batch is based around the Mosaic hop, which gives the brew a juicy tropical fruit presence that is keenly balanced by the lemony sour notes underneath. I’m normally someone who avoids pale ales marketed as “tropical” (I don’t much care for tropical fruit in general), but here the nature of the hop used serves to keep things from being too dry; there’s an explosion of flavor here, refreshing while retaining the right level of crispness, sweet and smooth while keeping a touch of hoppy bitterness in the end, sour without being puckering.
It’s so good, some might say…it’s like a dream.
Hey, another one bites the dust. Good riddance to this week, bring on something better in the future. I’ll see you on the other side. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,