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: Chthonic Deity’s Reassembled in Pain and Pizza Port Brewing Company’s In the Pit IPA.
The Metal: Chthonic Deity’s Reassembled in Pain
Yours truly, along with many others, fell head over heels for the Blood Incantation album that dropped this year, but did you know that wasn’t the only album Paul Reidl played on? Chthonic Deity, also featuring Erika Osterhout of Trepanation and Scolex and Charlie Koryn of Ascended Dead fame, is a project that takes old-school murky death metal and jazzes it up with doom and punk vibes and manages to take an already fetid sound and swamp it up even further. Osterhout and Redil’s guitar work here is the star of the show, with lilting melodies that conjure up warped realities when they aren’t beating you upside the head with riffs like sledgehammers. Death metal demos are a thing of beauty for me, and Reassembled in Pain is another fantastic offering from last year to join those hallowed ranks.
The Booze: Pizza Port Brewing Company’s In the Pit IPA
I don’t know when it happened, why it happened, or where it came from (I assume through the sheer force of Toilet ov Hell’s Kit Hart) but 2019 was the year of the Pit Viper. I saw these extremely large, gaudy sunglasses were on a significant number of faces this year, and no shade intended, a lot of folks could pull it off. Apparently, many of those folks also work at Pizza Port Brewing, because their In the Pit IPA is both in loving tribute to and in collaboration with the Pit Viper brand. Much like it’s neon counterpart, In the Pit is a little garish, but a lot of fun. This is a strong West Coast IPA with a syrupy sweetness from the generous hopping that finishes with a lot of citrus and a subtle bitter, almost pepper-y quality to it. Time to allow the beer to come to room temperature reveals some of its more subtle characteristics, which work in its favor; I was expecting a pretty run-of-the-mill WCIPA but this thing has some surprises going for it. Color me impressed.
Cheers, and be good to each other,