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: Black Curse’s Endless Wound and Chapman Crafted Beer’s Kool Kid Hops.
The Tunes: Black Curse’s Endless Wound
There are some albums you know are going to be good, and then there are some that end up surprising you anyway. When I saw Black Curse billed as black/death metal featuring members of Spectral Voice, Khemmis, and Primitive Man, I knew one way or another I wasn’t going to be let down by Endless Wound, and yet the resulting album is something so much more than even the sum of its parts that I was shocked at how much ass it kicks. I will admit that I was not expecting Beherit worship to be the name of the game here, but what these Denver stalwarts have managed to do is capture the manic intensity of the first and second wave of black metal (back when it had a lot more death in its sound) and update it with modern technique and atmosphere. There is so much callback to the sounds of bands like the aforementioned Beherit, Celtic Frost, and Bathory, but there isn’t a moment of this album that sounds dated in any way. There is a level of intensity in performance here, notably a ton more death metal edge in the songwriting, that gives Endless Wound a very modern feel and allows it to dispel any idea this might be mere hero worship. Both the amount and quality of the riffs on display here, as on songs like “Crowned in (Floral) Vice,” prove Black Curse deserve to stand on their own. To borrow a phrase from another one of our fine staff here: this album fucks. You owe it to yourself to find out exactly what that means by listening to it.
The Booze: Chapman Crafted Beer’s Kool Kid Hops
Well, looks like this week we’ve got another hazy double IPA on tap. Such is life on the West Coast in the Springtime; IPA season is upon us, and all the variation in the store’s shelves goes out the window. At least I managed to pick two good ones two weeks in a row. This week, we’ve got Kool Kid Hops by Chapman Beer Company, brewed with a classic combination of Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy hops The can states that you can find tasting notes of peach, tropical fruit, and “Oh Yeah!”. While I didn’t get any Oh Yeah! on my palette, I did get something that was syrupy in body with distinct notes of peach ring candy. It’s been a while since I’ve had an IPA that doesn’t shy away from the stone fruit, and Kool Kid Hops puts them front and center here. Maybe it’s just because it’s a nice change of pace, but I’m finding my usual aversion to all things describing themselves as ‘peachy’ softening for this beer. It’s a nice, sweet way to end a day.
Cheers, and be good to each other,