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: Vastum’s Orificial Purge and Modern Times Brewing Company’s Accumulated Knowledge.
The Metal: Vastum’s Orificial Purge
December is, for me at least, a time to look back and see what albums from this year I can cover that might have gotten lost in the shuffle. Vastum’s Orificial Purge is one such album. Despite all the death metal aficionados on staff raving over this album in our private lives, it dropped on a week that also saw releases from Alcest, Dawn Ray’d, The Great Old Ones, and other big names, and as such took something of a back seat to those other albums. I decided I wanted to rectify this, because this album fucking rules and you deserve to hear it. Vastum have been one of my favorite modern death metal bands since I got my ears around 2015’s Hole Below and subsequently watched them rip through those songs at the 2016 edition of Migration Fest (complete with vocalist Daniel Butler stagediving and almost taking me out with a kick to the head, RIP to the guy in front of me who got sat on though). After four years and a brief thirst-quencher in the form of their split 7″ with the mighty Spectral Voice, the band have returned with Orificial Purge, marking their darkest and most outrageously good material to date. Vastum’s music has always been characterized by a balance of eerie atmosphere and bone-crunching riffs, and Orificial Purge continues this tradition while seeing the band lean more on the atmosphere side of the equation. That’s not to say that the riffs here don’t hit, because they most certainly do, but it’s the addition of sinister, hanging dissonance and swirling background ambiance that, when coupled with the psychosexual lyrics and dual-vocal attack of Daniel Butler and Leila Abdul-Rauf, give Orificial Purge the kind of unsettling aura that makes Vastum one of the most unique bands in death metal.
The Booze: Modern Times Brewing Company’s Accumulated Knowledge
We’re staying in IPA land this week and we’re also returning to our dear and trusted friends Modern Times as well. I guess I’ve made it my goal to try everything they have on the market, and next on that list is Accumulated Knowledge. Modern Times has not only embraced the demand for hazy IPA’s, they’ve mastered the art of bringing this style of beer to the West Coast, and Accumulated Knowledge is a perfect example. Despite being made with four different kinds of hops and malts each, this is a surprisingly light drink, focused on beautifully sweet and bright fruit notes and balanced with a slightly dry, hoppy finish. Every element here works in harmony with each other to create a balanced and delicious beer that is endlessly crushable. My favorite brewery knocks it out of the park again.
Cheers, and be good to each other,