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: Outer Heaven’s Realms of Eternal Decay and Campanology Brewing Company’s For Whom.
The Metal: Outer Heaven’s Realms of Eternal Decay
Even in a year already slammed with tremendous death metal releases, the hits just won’t stop coming. Outer Heaven are a band I hadn’t been familiar with before the release of their Relapse Records debut Realms of Eternal Decay, but that first listen hit me like a ton of bricks. Outer Heaven hit the hallmarks of the New School of Old School Death Metal thing that’s been dominating my ears the last few years, but Realms of Eternal Decay takes a more alien-sounding approach to songwriting, focusing less on pummeling speed and more on lurching, mathematical riffage. Think old Morbid Angel but filtered through the lens of bands that try to rip off Morbid Angel, yet ultimately magnitudes more successful than many of them. This is a late contender for some of the top death metal this year has to offer.
The Booze: Campanology Brewing Company’s For Whom
Blessed be Stout Season. In a land where IPA’s reign king, fall and winter offer the most diversity in terms of beer selection available, and when imperial stouts abound my powers are at their strongest. Tonight, our friends at Wisconsin’s Campanology Brewing are with us again, and I’m sipping on For Whom, their imperial stout brewed with the classic flavors of Mexican hot chocolate. While the pairing of these flavors in a stout is not exactly a new idea, For Whom is one of the better examples I’ve had in as long as I can remember. Cacao nibs and cinnamon come together with the dark, roasted flavor of malts to create something rich and earthy and ancho chiles give the necessary fire to cut through those darker notes. The chile and cinnamon combination isn’t outright spicy, but the drink does leave a pleasant warming sensation on the tongue, throat, and chest that lingers. The cacao nibs impart a slightly different kind of chocolate flavor than you get in a lot of “chocolate stouts,” as well as a nice bitter counterbalance to For Whom. This drinks like something I would pay twice as much as I did for, maybe more than that. Seriously a home run.
All right, y’all. I’m out. May your weekend be good, may your glass never be empty, and as always,
Cheers, and be good to each other,