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: Calligram’s The Eye is the First Circle and Lincoln Beer Company’s SPFX IPA.
The Tunes: Calligram’s The Eye is the First Circle
We’re grabbing another new one from the Prosthetic Records roster this week, although where last week’s Wvrm album was a familiar choice, this week I opened myself up to a new band. Despite seeing heaps of praise thrown at the multi-national conglomerate that is Calligram, I had never made an effort to check them out, but when I saw The Eye is the First Circle on our promo list, something about it called on me to fix that, and now that I’ve sat with this album I’m sad I didn’t fix that sooner. I’ll admit that seeing the ‘blackened hardcore’ tag pasted onto this band made me expect a certain sound from them, but The Eye is a much different beast than I could have predicted. The hardcore in their sound is much sludgier than you think it is, and the black metal is more focused on second-wave worshiping snarl. Tracks like “Serpe” are practically grim and frostbitten, while “Kenosis” shows Calligram’s penchant for gloomy, haunting atmosphere. It’s an interesting flip of some of my own preconceived notions, given that I would have expected more punk aggression and black metal atmospherics rather than the opposite displayed here, but that’s kind of what keeps The Eye such an exciting listen. I’ll definitely buy into the hype around these gents.
The Booze: Lincoln Beer Company’s SPFX IPA
Turns out I’ve got something I’ve never tried before in my glass tonight as well. Lincoln Beer Company is a new name to me, which is weird given that they’re practically located down the street from me in Burbank, CA, but have also made quite the first impression on me with their SPFX IPA. This is a really good West Coast style IPA, with Mosaic and Azacca hops over a mixed malt base (sadly don’t get to know which malts). I’ve never had anything with Azacca hops in it that I can recall, but they must err more towards the same flavor profile as the Mosaics do, because this is all tropical fruit, all the time. It’s bright and sunny and sweet, but with a touch of dryness still in the finish. I generally like my IPA’s more on the citrus and pine forest side of the road, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t hitting the spot today.
Cheers, and be good to each other,