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: Atrament’s Scum Sect and Alesmith Brewing Company’s Evil Dead.
The Metal: Atrament’s Scum Sect
Lots of bands describe their music as ‘apocalyptic’ but in times when the actual apocalypse feels right around the corner, I think Atrament’s Scum Sect captures this vibe better than any band that I’ve heard in a long time. While their debut Eternal Downfall was no slouch of a record, Scum Sect is a massive step forward for the Atrament formula. At ten tracks and twenty-six minutes, this is a short full-length, but the amount of riffs and creativity packed into its run time is a credit to Atrament’s songwriting ability. The band’s black and death metal inflected d-beat creates an unrelenting, hateful maelstrom that paints a picture of a sunless wasteland, replete with Mad Max-esque lawlessness and chaos, while the mid-paced chugging of “War Seed” and the black metal fury of “Spit on Mankind” and “Odium” break up the d-beat patterns and keep the album from being monotonous. This isn’t an album that will cheer you up or offer you any respite; Scum Sect is for those times when you sit and think about all the ways humanity has failed each other and whether there is a point to any of this.
The Booze: Alesmith Brewing Company’s Evil Dead
To give you a little peek behind the scenes of how I do this column, you will be reading this on November 2nd, but at the time I am writing this, it is All Hallow’s Eve. As such, my pick to go with this album needed to be appropriately ghastly, and fortunately Alesmith has me covered this week. A rich, blood red ale named after one of thee greatest horror franchises of all time, Evil Dead, is the company’s special brew for Halloween, and this batch can only be described as frightfully good. I wasn’t quite expecting how piney this was going to be, but at this point you all should know how much I like that in a beer. The hop profile isn’t very bitter either, and the foresty qualities get balanced out by rich malts in the finish that leave a nice smooth taste lingering on the tongue. Best enjoyed chilled with a scary movie.
Cheers, and be good to each other,