Receiving the Evcharist is our feature where we pair choice albums with our favorite libations. Drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offering: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos and Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I.
The Tunes: Fractal Generator’s Macrocosmos
Fractal Generator caught my attention with their 2015 full-length Apotheosynthesis, a delicious serving of relentless death metal in the vein of Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal and strongly inspired by science fiction in sound and narrative and embellished by hints of psychedelic mayhem akin to Gigan and Wormed in a way that enriched and warmed up its almost industrial grind. Their new album Macrocosmos continues the journey through cold and bleak cosmic panoramas and has the band sounding even tighter, sharper and bigger than before. Opening the album, the title track presents an immediate highlight that showcases Fractal Generator’s strengths and the bounty of tricks up their cosmic wizard robe sleeve; earworm riffs, sudden tempo shifts, otherworldly effects and symphonic embellishments abound and provide crushing momentum that carries through the album. These ideas help Fractal Generator avoid monotony and listening fatigue that often comes with such ceaseless brutality, charging each song with individual character and purpose, be it in the form of brief Mithras-esque guitar leads on “Serpentine” or the electronic trilling that decorates the finale of “Chaosphere” or the sudden halt during the build-up of “Shadows of Infinity.” Macrocosmos is a gift that keeps on giving by revealing new dimensions of brilliance on repeat listens and proves that there will be no end to the past few years’ stream of high-quality cosmic death metal any time soon.
Now, if only there were a thematically appropriate beer to accompany Fractal Generator’s planet-devouring and shape-shifting metal…
The Booze: Adroit Theory Brewing Company’s The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I
Located in Purcellville, Virginia, Adroit Theory Brewing Company has quickly become my favorite brewery owing to their spectacular hazy IPAs that are imbued with metal cred in terms of taste, aesthetics and philosophy. The Death of Civilization in Slow Motion I is a perfect example of the brewery’s bold recipes, a hazy imperial IPA coming at you with 8% ABV and bursting with beautiful tropical notes of pineapple and mango that are coupled with lactose’s soft and smooth texture to pleasantly balance the piney bite and slightly peppery bitterness. What I find interesting about Adroit Theory’s approach is that their beers come with suggestions for pairing food, cheese and cigar suggestions. While these suggestions are sometimes exotic and difficult to come across during your next visit to the local supermarket, I managed to obtain Fontina Val D’Aosta, the exact cheese the brewery suggests for enjoying with this beer. I am happy to report that the pairing was pitch-perfect with complementing fruitiness and earthiness resulting in delicious harmony. Another thing to love about Adroit Theory is their commitment to experiment and release new editions of their brews with slightly altered recipes. At the time of writing, I am expecting to receive a six-pack of the second edition of the Death of Civilization in Slow Motion, which I am sure will be another home run for them. If you live in one of the states Adroit Theory currently ships to, be sure to sign up for their regular email announcements of new beers available for purchase at their online store. You can thank me later for this free advice.
As always, cheers and be good to each other.