Or as Nergal would probably write it: Vvvvvvvvv vvv Vvvvvvvvv.
Anyway. Hey everyone. Here I am. Stepping in for whatever that guy’s name is that usually covers this post. Steve something? That sounds right. Quick reminder, Receiving the Evcharist is that weekly feature where we allow our collective alcoholism to take center stage and use the pairing of a metal album to justify our self-destructive ways. So on that note, let’s talk about things I
like a lot depend on: alcohol and metal. Ahem. This week’s stuff: Anomalie’s Integra and Stoneface Brewing Co.’s F-Bomb.
The Metal: Anomalie’s Integra
I’ll be honest, it’s been a minute since I last randomly grabbed a promo from our pile and pressed play. But I did that for this post, because I care. In all truthfulness however, this isn’t an unfamiliar project I stumbled upon this time. I did manage to investigate a couple of the full-lengths Anomalie dropped over the past three or four years. Yet, despite this half hour listen falling into the EP category, this might be my favorite effort they’ve thrown forth so far. In the four tracks they provide, this grabs me in a way that is not dissimilar to what Schammasch gave us last year with their EP. Granted, this isn’t the same sound. But in terms of building the overall listen from one track to another, it succeeds in a number of the same ways. It may only be four tracks, but each one feels like their own individual journey through these incredibly vast atmospheric landscapes. Blackened soundscapes, indeed. Not quite atmospheric black metal… but not quite not atmospheric black metal? And it’s interesting really, when you start the first track, “Rebirth,” the introduction featuring softly chanted and eventually spoken vocals combined with deliberate percussion and acoustic strings seems to occupy more time than it should for an EP of this length. But quickly enough things take off, and by the time we get to the closing “Deliverance,” the only thing left to hope for is, well, more. Each track, and the overall listen, is perfectly crafted to take a listener on a journey that will resonate long after “Deliverance” concludes.
So, yeah, you could say I enjoyed.
The Booze: Stoneface Brewing Co.’s Gratuitous F-Bomb
Should I have specified the style above? I’m not sure how Steve usual formats these. The Gratuitous F-Bomb is an experimental IPA that is heavily “fruited.” (I love beer and I’m still not entirely sure what that means). Curiously, upon pouring the latest delicacy from the best brewery in the area – it just dropped yesterday! – I’m shocked at how clear the body of the beer is. I love my hazy N.E.I.P.A.s, don’t get me wrong. But I don’t know how I feel about expecting to crack a can and pour out something that could be perceived as solid matter (unless it’s a stout). The good news is that this beer is as delicious and refreshing as it looks. It smells a touch boozy but the taste is incredibly well balanced with notes of grapefruit and passion fruit. The best part? There’s just enough hop character to prevent the other qualities of this beer from becoming overwhelming. As I’m sure you can tell, this is a relatively light-bodied beverage that is extremely tasty and easy to drink, and since it’s coming in at 7.5% it manages take it’s effect… efficiently. Yay. The reality is, I haven’t had anything but god damn stellar products from the folks up the road, and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. Keep doin’ you, ‘Stoner.
All in all, this pairing worked out very well for me. Not because of parallels I can draw between them. Honestly, this album screams ‘porter’ if you ask me. As for the beer, I don’t know, that most recent Deafheaven effort maybe? What would The Ocean’s new album be in beer form? Maybe Steve will cover that next week. Anyway, because I liked them both a lot and combining them made me ununhappy, we end this journey victoriously!
“Ein Bier… bitte.’