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: Blood Incantation’s Hidden History of the Human Race and Epic Brewing Company’s Chasing Ghosts.
The Metal: Blood Incantation’s Hidden History of the Human Race
Where do you even begin when you decide to cover what is undoubtedly the most anticipated album this year? In an incredibly short span of time, Blood Incantation have transitioned from releasing small-batch demos on an obscure cassette-only label to multiple co-headlining continental tours in a single year. The hype for Blood Incantation isn’t so much a train as it is a rocket that has shot them into the outer cosmos they love so dearly, and the ride seemingly isn’t ready to stop here; it’s time to delve into the Hidden History of the Human Race. The question of whether or not the band was going to be able to follow through on the promise of 2016’s Starspawn was almost non-existent; there is no question about the skill and dedication to the craft the members of this band possess. It was only a matter of what the next evolution of Blood Incantation was going to look like, and what Hidden History looks like is: more. Everything that made this band the most boundary pushing band in death metal is represented here, from the cosmic funeral atmosphere, to the rapid-fire technical musicianship, to the willingness to commit to an 18 minute death metal opus (with an equally drawn out song title). What astonishes me about Hidden History most though is just how many more kinds of death metal the band chooses to represent here. Opener “Slave Species of the Gods” features riffs that head into both Gothenburg melodeath and New York slam death metal territories, “Inner Paths (to Outer Space)” is a prog death metal groove fest, and the aforementioned closing opus “Awakening From the Dream of Existence to the Multidimensional Nature of Our Reality (Mirror of the Soul)” sees the group mine their death doom influences once again (without going full Spectral Voice). Hidden History is a love letter to death metal, from death metal, while simultaneously showing where the future of the genre lies.
The Booze: Epic Brewing Company’s Chasing Ghosts
It felt only right to pair Denver’s finest with a suitable beverage from the Mile High City, so today we return to our pals at Epic Brewing Company for their Chasing Ghosts, a double dry-hopped, double hazy IPA. What makes it “double hazy”? I don’t know! But whatever they do to this thing, I approve wholeheartedly. Dry hopped with Cashmere and Citra hops, this hazy IPA has a bit less orange/tropical notes going on and a more balanced, citrus-forward taste, while maintaining the same sweetness and smoothness of a hazy IPA. For being double everything, this is a surprisingly balanced drink, without any of the bitterness and potency that double IPA’s usually have, but with a little more oomph than your average hazy. Nicely done.
Cheers, and be good to each other,