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: Atavisma’s The Chthonic Rituals and Victory Brewing Company’s Sour Monkey.
The Metal: Atavisma’s The Chthonic Rituals
The best part of underground metal is the community based around these weird sounds. Sometimes the best source of inspiration is just to see what other people you know are listening to. Its saved me time and time again when I run dry with releases for this column, and this week is no exception. A hearty tip of the hat to Noisey’s Kim Kelly for putting me on to Atavisma’s The Chthonic Rituals (not the first time Kim’s gotten shouted out in this column either!). Rituals is this Parisian quartet’s first full-length album, and it is an absolute whirlwind. Atavisma’s brand of death/doom leans heavily on the “death” end of the spectrum, with whirlwind riffs that slap you senseless (and that guitar tone sounds like it was scraped out of the gutter) before things about-face into an oozing, gothic crawl. This is no frills, no nonsense death metal done right, and even in a year stacked with good death metal releases, this is one of the more memorable things I’ve heard.
The Booze: Victory Brewing Company’s Sour Monkey
I really tried to do something different for this week’s pick, but when you find a single can of a beer you’ve been hunting for months, it feels like the hand of the divine reaching down. So sorry y’all, but this week is yet another sour ale, and one of my favorites. Victory’s Sour Monkey is a warped version of their Golden Monkey Belgian tripel, made funky with brettanomyces. The result is something like a saison on steroids; a pronounced tartness smooths out into sweet, crisp apple and pear notes and just a hint of spice from the original tripel base. Sour Monkey is light in body but complex in flavor, and is a perfect evening sipping beer for the tail end of summer.
Thanks to my esteemed colleague Anton for holding down the fort once again last week. No parrots were harmed in the making of this column, I promise. I’ll catch you again later.
Cheers, and be good to each other,