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: Krypts’ Cadaver Circulation and Stone Brewing Company’s Enter Night.
The Metal: Krypts’ Cadaver Circulation
Almost a full three years after Remnants of Expansion, Helsinki’s own death metal machine Krypts return with Cadaver Circulation, a massive slab of everything Krypts do best. Continuing to mine the vein of crushing, doomy death metal they have made their own, Cadaver Circulation nails both the heavy atmosphere and even heavier riffs that I need my death metal to have. Album opener “Sinking Transient Waters” is the perfect example of this duality, setting the mood for the album to come with a furiously blasting intro that grinds to a hault, letting washes of guitar linger over rumbling, seismic rhythms before building the frenzy from the ground up all over again. After over ten years as a band, Krypts have seen shift after shift in the landscape of death metal, and Cadaver Circulation shows that they still have what it takes to rise to the top.
The Booze: Stone Brewing Company’s Enter Night
This is it. The crowning achievement of my drinking career.
I’m writing about the Metallica beer.
It isn’t a secret to anyone who knows me IRL that Metallica are one of the most important bands I have ever encountered in my life and basically set me on the path that I have been on my whole life. As soon as I saw Enter Night in my local liquor store, the six pack was in my cart before I could even blink. But how will such a beer match up to the lofty expectations of someone who lived and breathed Master of Puppets since he was 14 years old? Very nicely, it turns out. Enter Night, uncharacteristic of its name, is a pleasantly refreshing pilsner, and maybe the first pilsner I’ve ever had from Stone Brewing. Stone has always prided itself on being big on flavor, as a company propped up on the strength of its IPA’s and stouts should be, and it seems even their lighter fare is no exception. Enter Night is a pilsner with the gain cranked, hitting right off the bat with big, yeasty floral notes before settling into a surprisingly pleasant bitter finish that gets more pronounced as the drink comes to room temperature. The light body lends a crispness that nicely balances the softer notes of the drink and saves it from being too funky. It’s a nice elevation of a style that is often simply someone’s easy drinking beer, and a true to form collaboration between two entities that are known for being larger than life.
Cheers, and be good to each other,