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: Idle Hands’ Mana and Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Return of Sassy.
The Metal: Idle Hands’ Mana
Have you ever been let down by what people describe as “goth metal”? Ever wondered what would happen if the Sisters of Mercy cranked the gain up to 11? Good news, Idle Hands is the band for you! Mana, the band’s debut full-length, is an eclectic mix of goth sensibilities and metal’s aggressive stylings, jam packed with hooks that refuse to leave your head, dual guitar harmonies that would make Iron Maiden proud, and mournful vocals a la Mr. Andrew Eldritch himself. What makes Mana such a spectacular ride, for me, is the lyrics of the album. Each song is its own little pocket universe, and vocalist Gabriel Franco guides the listener through the stories he tells, which cover everything from themes of loss and personal suffering (“Jackie,” “Double Negative”) to science fiction, fantasy, and the macabre (“Nightfall,” “Cosmic Overdrive,” “Dragon, Why Do You Cry”). I’ll admit, I was a little unsure of how Idle Hands would be able to mesh their influences, but I love being proven wrong. Mana is one of the most unique surprises I’ve found this year.
The Booze: Three Weavers Brewing Company’s Return of Sassy
Ah, it’s good to be back in fighting (read: drinking) form. I’ve been looking forward to my comeback beer for some time now, and thankfully it didn’t disappoint. Today we have another offering from Inglewood, CA’s Three Weavers, this time a rye IPA collaboration with LA brewer Devon Randall. Return of Sassy packs a big time tropical fruit punch, with a nice bit of orange in there as well, but the rye adds an interesting depth to the drink that balances it out. The balance between bitter, dry hops and sweet fruit really makes this work for me. For something that markets itself as “bold, fabulous, and super sassy,” it sure checks all those boxes for me.
Cheers, and be good to each other,