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: Fórn’s Rites of Despair and Gordon Biersch Brewing Company’s Casa de Fruita 1940 Pilsner.
The Metal: Fórn’s Rites of Despair
At long last, Fórn’s first full-length album is upon us. It’s been quite a long time that I’ve been anticipating this album, as many of you know from past writing (or could expect, given the fan I am of both doom metal and Gilead Media), but Rites of Despair brings the love I have found for this band all the way home. Fórn are one of my favorite bands making doom right now, and this full-length gives you everything you loved about their previous work taken to the Nth degree: clean passages that remind me of the cool, dry winds of Death Valley, and crushing chords that manifest emotional and physical pain. The songs here are classic, funeral doom metal, though the band is clearly not afraid of pushing genre boundaries, as evidenced by the black metal turns present in “Ritual Ascension Through a Weeping Soul” and album closer “Subconscious Invocations.” It’s the feeling here that wins you over though, the palpable weight of these compositions that draws you into Fórn’s desolate, melancholic world. This is doom metal as a road map to hell, and maybe also a way back to the light.
The Booze: Gordon Biersch Brewing Company’s Casa de Fruta 1940 Pilsner
I love when my friends gift me strange drinks from faraway lands. I was gifted tonight’s bottle by a friend as a birthday present when she stopped at the famous Casa de Fruta roadside attraction in Hollister, CA. Casa de Fruta is an interesting rest stop and market, where you can buy everything from fresh fruit to chocolate, wine, and even this beer, brewed by San Jose’s Gordon Biersch brewing company for the establishment. The 1940 Pilsner describes itself as a “robustly hopped lager” and boy is that accurate. While not quite on pale ale levels of hop, there is a distinct bitter dryness that is present in this drink, which pairs nicely with the yeasty, fruity notes going on in the foreground. It may be a little unexpected from what appears at first glance to be your average sippin’ beer, but I like my drinks to have some character to them, so I really enjoy this one. I’d definitely get this again if I had the opportunity.
All right party people, I’ll see you. Same time, same place. Until then,
Cheers, and be good to each other,