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: Ithaca’s The Language of Injury and Hop Secret Brewing Company’s Password Pale Ale.
The Metal: Ithaca’s The Language of Injury
I love those artists that come completely out of nowhere and slap the shit out of you. One day I’m minding my own business, then Ithaca come along and drop the video for the title track to The Language of Injury, the band’s first full-length album, and suddenly I’m listening to the song every day and counting down until the album’s release like my life depends on it. It’s even better when those promises pay off in the big picture, because The Language of Injury manages to succeed on every level an album can for me. Ithaca hit every high point I want in a great metalcore album, with lithe guitar work, punishing rhythms, and vocals that teeter between scathing roar and gentle crooning. That teetering between extremes in particular is what makes The Language of Injury such a remarkable album; Ithaca have managed to strike a perfect balance in the dynamics they put into these songs, shifting tempo and texture in a way that keeps every moment engaging and exciting. Metalcore hasn’t sounded this good to these ears in a long time, but albums like The Language of Injury don’t come around that often.
The Booze: Hop Secret Brewing Company’s Password Pale Ale
Today we are bringing you another gem from my haul at Hop Secret Brewing Company. This time, we’ve got the Password Pale Ale on deck, a take on an American style pale ale. While I would expect something a little more pine-forward from a West Coast brewery, the Password Pale Ale surprised me. The focus here is heavy tropical fruit, which when balanced out with the hops makes for a much cleaner and less heady pale ale than I expected. The result is quite delicious; even as someone who doesn’t like tropical flavors all that much, the combination of those notes with the pronounced bitterness from the hops creates an interesting tug-of-war on the tastebuds, and the finish is so clean that it begs to be crushed. Kudos to Hop Secret for opening me up to flavors I might have avoided otherwise.
Cheers, and be good to each other,