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: Terminal Nation’s Holocene Extinction and Ola Brewing Corporation’s Hawaiian Lemongrass Hard Seltzer.
The Tunes: Terminal Nation’s Holocene Extinction
Hardcore and mad-as-hell left-wing politics have been like peanut butter and jelly since the days of Judge and Sick of It All, and recent developments in the state of the world haven’t exactly made music like this less relevant. What better time, then, for Little Rock, AR’s Terminal Nation to step into the limelight with their debut for new label 20 Buck Spin and remind us all that the clock is ticking and if we want change, it’s literally now or never. Holocene Extinction is a firebrand of hardcore, death metal, and a little grind along the way, overflowing with vitriolic, blunt lyrics that take aim at those who would worsen the coming climate catastrophe, enable the systemic bigotry that terrorizes America’s marginalized communities, and others who would by their actions or inaction’s impede the progress towards a more just society. Terminal Nation’s strength is in this razor-sharp pointedness; Holocene Extinction isn’t an album that reinvents any wheels, but it doesn’t need to. The music is just as to-the-point as the lyrics are, leaving no room for fussing about in either crawling sludge or blistering grind. If you, like me, often sit and think “Holy fuck things are terrible, why is no one else as mad about this shit as I am?”, Holocene Extinction exists to let you know that yes, there are other people as mad about these things as you are; would you like some breakdowns about it?
I think I would, yes.
The Booze: Ola Brewing Corporation’s Hawaiian Lemongrass Hard Seltzer
Fine, I give in: I will attempt now to get on this hard seltzer bandwagon. But I’ll be damned if I put a single White Claw in my body. I’ll be doing this my way, which naturally means finding the boutique hard seltzers with the most interesting flavors. Enter: Hawaii’s Ola Brewing Corporation, a company whose mission statement is “to encourage growth in Hawaii ‘s agricultural economy by purchasing locally grown ingredients and incorporating them into our beverages.” Now that’s a cause I can get behind, and it doesn’t hurt that, for my first official hard seltzer ever, this tastes really good. I’ve developed a passion for Southeast Asian flavors of late, and lemongrass is one of the closest to my heart, uniquely floral and bright in the world of aromatics. Here, simply treated with sugar alcohol, lemon juice, and sparkling water, it is allowed to shine, yielding a drink that is soft, sweet, and full of bright high notes. While I still don’t think I prefer this to, say, beer, Ola’s hard seltzer just might find its way into some regular rotation in my fridge.
Cheers, and be good to each other (seriously),