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: Sun of the Sleepless & Cavernous Gate’s Split and Strand Brewing Company’s Flying Cat.
The Metal: Sun of the Sleepless & Cavernous Gate’s Split
It’s been a while since we’ve done a split release on this column, so I’m pretty happy to be talking about something that brings an old favorite together with a brand new face. Sun of the Sleepless are another band that I owe an apology to; To the Elements was one of the best releases of 2017, and the only reason it didn’t feature near the top of my list of favorites from that year was because I didn’t listen to it until the following year. I’ve been eager to hear more from this project since then, and the band’s half of this split scratches that itch to perfection. Featuring two new black metal songs interspersed with three acoustic interlude tracks, Sun of the Sleepless capture the mix of melody, aggression, and atmosphere they’ve dialed to perfection; this is a familiar continuation of the sound the band won me over with on To the Elements, and I can’t help but be swept up in the raw feeling the band conjure up. Cavernous Gate, on the other hand, definitely skew their side more towards metal. After a short introductory track, the band waste no time turning up the volume and ripping through their three additional tracks stylistically blending black, death, and doom metal to striking effect. As this is the first musical offering from this project I was curious to see both what this act was all about and how the two bands would fit together on this split. While the musical differences in these acts are notable, the way these two acts both make use of gloomy, poetic atmosphere that succeeds in giving their music inimitable character and tying the two halves of this release together into a cohesive statement. This is fantastic from start to finish.
The Booze: Strand Brewing Company’s Flying Cat
I’ll be honest with you all: I picked up this beer solely because my partner and I agreed that the art is exactly what our cat Mikey looks like when he’s goofing around. And for a blind purchase based on can art alone, this could have gone a lot worse. It doesn’t hurt that this IPA brewed with Citra hops is also a surefire way into my heart. Flying Cat is a solid IPA full of juicy citrus notes that almost venture into hazy territory while still retaining the classic West Coast bite our IPA’s are known for. A curious and fantastic beer indeed.
Cheers, and be good to each other,