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: (The True) Veiled’s In Blinding Presence and Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo.
The Metal: (The True) Veiled’s In Blinding Presence
So you fools thought you had seen the last of me, eh? Not by a long shot. I’m back in fine form after two weeks of holiday debauchery, and I’ve got such sights to show you, starting with Veiled’s In Blinding Presence. Not to be confused with the American ‘Veiled’ (who I have covered previously in this column as well), this Veiled, who stylize their name (The True) Veiled hail from Leipzig, Germany, and take a much different approach to black metal than their similarly named counterparts. In Blinding Presence is a lurching beast, full of off-kilter rhythms coupled with the band’s distinctively ugly, hollow guitar tone, and psychedelic shifts in composition. Seeming by design, these songs keep the listener as uncomfortable as possible for the entire listening experience, yet by the same token In Blinding Presence provides a never ending series of surprising peaks and valleys to the music that are exciting to navigate. This is black metal that feels truly ‘black,’ with songs like album closer “Bringer of Lambency” that drags the listener down into Veiled’s nightmarish vision of inverse ascension, where sanity is lost that clarity might be gained.
The Booze: Javier San Pedro Randez Crianza Tempranillo
My first Evcharist of the year is a good time for me to switch things up from my usual foray, and thankfully I have good friends who gave me fancy bottles of wine for Christmas. I wouldn’t call myself an aficionado on Spanish wine, but I like what I’ve had, and this Crianza from the Rioja region of Spain is no exception there. For once, in a red wine, I find that the fruit takes a back seat to the flavor profile, letting the more herbacious notes of cassis and licorice take over, and its appreciated; it’s something I don’t see played up in a lot of the wine I drink. The tartness comes through just enough at the end to cut through the heavier flavors and brighten things up and leave a beautifully balanced finish behind. I’m glad I got this bottle for free, but I’d gladly pay top dollar for this any day of the week.
Many thanks to my co-conspirators who kept this column going while I was on holiday hiatus. As ever,
Cheers, and be good to each other,