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: Void Rot’s Descending Pillars and Abita Brewing Company’s Purple Haze.
The Tunes: Void Rot’s Descending Pillars
Remember way back in the early days of 2020 when I reviewed Void Rot’s split with Atavisma and teased that there would be a full-length album to follow from them this year? Well, here it is, in all it’s ugly perfection: Void Rot’s Descending Pillars. For those that might not be familiar with the name: low, slow, and steady is the name of the game here. This is death metal that crawls, that slithers like the Serpent of old, occasionally lapsing into full death-doom territory, but mostly content to move itself at a stalking pace, using simple motifs to enhance the overwhelming sense of dread the pace of the music instills. As someone who will take atmosphere over technicality in almost any music I listen to, this is like the platonic ideal of how I like my death metal. There’s no pretension here, no showboating or technical wankery, just rock solid riffs that are impossible to not bang your head along with, a tight performance from the four members, and darkness that hangs off every note like a thick haze. This is death metal you can sink into.
The Booze: Abita Brewing Company’s Purple Haze
While Purple Haze, as made popular by one James Hendrix, originally meant to refer to a different sort of…intoxicant, Louisiana’s Abita Brewing Company have taken the prompt and turned it into a fruited lager brewed with raspberries. While not exactly ‘purple’ in color, or even pink really, this brew is nevertheless full of delicious raspberry flavor. The fruit flavor hits you right up front without being overwhelming, just tart and juicy enough to sting on your tongue before the yeast and malt kick in to remind you you’re still drinking beer. The flavor of both the beer and fruit portion of this are very clean and refreshing, simple flavors executed well, and perfect for days like today when it’s 90+ degrees in spite of it being September.
Cheers, and be good to each other,