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: Wvrm’s Colony Collapse and Kennebunkport Brewing Company’s Mighty Cascade.
The Tunes: Wvrm’s Colony Collapse
Prosthetic Records has been on a signing spree lately, and one of their more exciting deals was recently inked with South Carolina grind purveyors Wvrm. I’ve been a fan of this band’s no-nonsense nasty boy grind since 2014’s Swarm Sound, and every release since then has been more unhinged and uncompromising. The band’s newest release and Prosthetic debut Colony Collapse sees the four piece in absolute top form, following their upward trend towards their most hard hitting material to date, in every sense of the phrase. Whether lyrically raging against societal ills and exploring ideas of both working class alienation and solidarity or delivering dopamine-inducing crunch as in the end of “Tank Reaper” (COME HITHER TO ME NOW EUGH) Wvrm embody the best of what it means to be ‘heavy’ in this day and age. Colony Collapse feels like an album that could only have come from the kind of post-industrial capitalist wasteland we currently are trapped in, and delivers the kind of bone-crunching, furious riffs we need to feel alive within it.
The Booze: Kennebunkport Brewing Company’s Mighty Cascade
Today, instead of going for something local, we’re venturing all the way to the other side of the country for our beer of choice. Kennebunkport Brewing Company hails, much like our own Corey Butterworth, from the great state of Maine, and Mighty Cascade is their ode to this titular variety of hop. While this is billed as a brut IPA, I don’t find it quite as dry as many other bruts I’ve had. The champagne yeast and Cascade hops do provide a lot of bright, lemony notes, but there is still plenty of sweetness that makes the taste recall preserved lemons more than straight up lemonade. I do love a one hop IPA, and lord knows I love Cascade, so this is right up my alley.
Cheers, and be good to each other,