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: Vessel of Iniquity’s Void of Infinite Horror and Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale.
The Metal: Vessel of Iniquity’s Void of Infinite Horror
It feels like sooner rather than later we are going to reach the crest of the “cavernous” black/death wave we’ve been riding for the last few years. With every band leaning further and further into indiscernable instrumentation and bleak soundscapes, it would seem that there are very little depths left to plumb before we have nowhere left to go. Yet even in spite of this, there are artists that are still managing to take this formula and do something exciting with it. The UK’s Vessel of Iniquity are one such entity, and their latest offering, the MLP Void of Infinite Horror, shows them taking a refreshing step ahead of their peers by mixing in a healthy dose of harsh noise to their already caustic black/death formula. This seems like a natural combination to me; most of the works in this style of extreme music are already obfuscated enough to be mostly noise anyway, so upping the ante and adding in real blasts of cold static only heightens the levels of dread present in here. Tracks like opener “Invocation of the Heart Girt With a Serpent” and “Mother of Abomination” deliver layer upon layer of nightmarish goodness with rapid-fire drums driving eerie guitar melodies, wailing noise, and shrieked vocals to create something akin to the mood music you’d hear during a sit-down dinner in Hell. If you’re looking for something to reignite your interest in the darker side of things, I can’t recommend this enough.
The Booze: Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale
Oh no, now you all know where I do most of my grocery shopping. Yes, it turns out that Trader Joe’s is not only one of our closest options when it comes to buying food, they carry all kinds of extremely good proprietary products, not the least of which is their Vintage Ale series. Brewed for TJ’s by our friends at Unibroue, famous for both their excellent La Fin du Monde and their collab beer with Megadeth, this is a dark Belgian style ale aged on lees, which I learned are the residual dead yeast and particulates that are refined from wine after it has fermented and aged. The ale itself is rich, pleasantly sweet, and full of a healthy amount of clove and other warming spices that offer a nice contrast to the fruity notes of the yeast. These classic flavors all come together and produce something that feels absolutely perfect for the holiday season, and not just because it kind of tastes like a fruit cake. Even though it’s almost February, sipping on this has me feeling like it’s Christmas all over again. Never a bad thing, that.
Cheers, and be good to each other,