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: Misery Ritual’s Searing Blood and Great Divide Brewing Company’s Colette Farmhouse Ale.
The Met…er, The Noise: Misery Ritual’s Searing Blood
Normally on this column we talk about metal releases, but since I am king and no editor can restrain my power, today I am going to talk to you about harsh noise. Specifically, today I will be singing praise for the newest tape from Southern California power electronics act Misery Ritual. The name Misery Ritual should be familiar to regular readers of my work here at 9C; I had previously talked about the lightning-in-a-bottle live show this act puts on and how it was the catalyst to opening my mind to the more extreme spectrum of noise. Since that initial encounter, I’ve been completely swept up in Misery Ritual’s brand of abrasive harsh noise, thoroughly sampling their recorded output as well as catching them live several more times. All of this leads up to Searing Blood, the project’s second release this year after the Live at the Rec Center tape released in April. Searing Blood features two new studio recordings, Searing Blood parts I and II, as well as a B side live recording from Misery Ritual’s May performance at Los Angeles’ Coaxial. “Searing Blood pt. I” is an all-encompassing wall of foggy noise that is comforting in its ability to drown out the entire outside world; this noise begs to be sunk into. By contrast, “Searing Blood pt. II” is more ethereal, its sharp bursts of high-pitched static serving as anchor points to keep from drifting off in the calmer background noise. As good as these tracks are, though, its the “Live at Coaxial” performance that really sells Searing Blood, offering the listener the closest approximation to the visceral chaos of a Misery Ritual live set that tape can conjure up. Searing Blood offers the best of both sides of Misery Ritual, and would serve as a great entry point to anyone interested in this fantastic artist.
The Booze: Great Divide Brewing Company’s Colette Farmhouse Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company’s Colette is a saison brewed in the Belgian style, with a mix of barley, wheat, and rice, and innoculated with four different strains of yeast. The initial taste is grassy and smooth, with that bubblegum sweetness that characterizes Belgian ales. For all the yeast in there, this isn’t a sour saison; there is a mild tartness in the finish, but the yeast here manifests much more as fruity and floral notes and champagne-esque dryness. The level of complexity here is wonderful, with each sip delivering little nuances and shifts in flavor. This will make a believer out of anyone who disavows saisons or belgian ales.
Stay frosty, y’all. I’ll catch you next week.
Cheers, and be good to each other,