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: Velnias’ Scion of Aether and Boomtown Brewery’s Mic-Czech.
The Tunes: Velnias’ Scion of Aether
Velnias were not a name I expected to see in the year 2020. It’s been eight years since RuneEater, the band’s last full-length album, and four years since they released any new music at all. It was a pleasant surprise, then, to see the band’s name show up on our promo list, and a more pleasant surprise to find out that Scion of Aether shows the band returning in top form. The songs here lope along like the Baltic nature god the band is named for, driven by mid-paced rhythms that whip into a frenzy and give a primal urgency to the album, while lofty guitar melodies provide the atmosphere that takes center stage here. Scion of Aether is a stately album, but there are plenty of moments of swagger, such as the guitar solo on the standout track “Supernal Emergent,” that show that Velnias are plenty capable of making music that is both purposeful and downright fun along the way. It’s an album full of unexpected twists that keep the blood pumping throughout the entire run time. A welcome return indeed.
The Booze: Boomtown Brewery’s Mic-Czech
As I ventured out of the house to brave the madness that is…well, any grocery store right now, I managed a bit of good luck and stumbled across a beer that I had almost forgotten how much I liked. I remember ordering Boomtown Brewery’s Mic-Czech pilsner at a concert I went to many moons ago and being surprised at how good it was. Revisiting it now, it turns out I’m still surprised at how good it is. Boomtown Brewery have managed to create a pilsner with a certain je ne sais quois, more malty and hoppy and with less yeasty floral notes than I expect from a pilsner. The balance between the deep malt profile and the crisp, sharp notes of the hops creates a drink that is both rich and refreshing at the same time, which is not an easy feat by far. I’m fairly certain this is becoming one of my favorite pilsners, and to have it come from LA’s Arts District, practically a stone’s throw from where I live, only makes it that much better.
Cheers, and be good to each other,