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: Solar Temple’s Fertile Descent and Left Coast Brewing Company’s Asylum.
The Metal: Solar Temple’s Fertile Descent
Solar Temple made quite a splash last year. Coming seemingly from out of nowhere, although the members are both in several other respected black metal acts in the Netherlands, Solar Temple released a demo tape on the lauded (and sadly soon to be shuttered) label Fallen Empire that sold out in the blink of an eye. Not content to sit still for long, it would seem, the band are now back with a second release in as many years. Fertile Descent picks up where the demo Rays of Brilliance left off, delivering long-form black metal that plays with repetition, creating a trance-like effect on the listener further accentuated by the droning, almost choral clean vocals the band make use of. It’s these vocals that set Solar Temple apart from other black metal acts; the Andrew Eldritch-esque quality of the delivery would seem overdone and boring in less capable hands, but works perfectly in the context of Solar Temple’s music, particularly in the dancier sections of “White Jaw,” where the goth influence seems to my ears to shine the strongest. Solar Temple have carved out their unique place in the pantheon of modern black metal, and I can only imagine their trajectory continuing upward from here.
The Booze: Left Coast Brewing Company’s Asylum
Today on deck we have a return to the belgian style from San Clemente, CA’s Left Coast Brewing. Asylum is one of the more aggressive beers I’ve had in a while, which is not necessarily indicative of the Belgian style, but very on par with what California loves in its beers. Everything here is classic tripel, but brewed to be much bolder and more assertive: the bubblegum funk hits you hard in the initial sip, giving way to a tart fruitiness complimented by sweet, smooth malts and a rich body. At 11.8% ABV, even the strength of this drink is taken to the next level. I enjoy everything about this though; it might be a bit much for some people, but its nice to drink a big, brash brew every now and then that doesn’t mess around.
We’ll wrap this up the way we usually do. Stay breezy and I’ll see you next time. And as always,
Cheers, and be good to each other,