Hello friends! It is the first Friday of the month and you know what that means—Bandcamp Friday! Time to support some of your favorite artists (if you can/want…I’m not here to peer pressure) as Bandcamp waves their revenue fee today. I know that one of my purchases will be this dynamite EP that I am about to dive into as it is time to drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offerings: MŮRA‘s Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals and Firestone Walker’s Brewing Company‘s Chocolate Cherry Stout.
The Tunes: MŮRA – Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals
This debut EP may only be two tracks, but each is full of doomy deliciousness and span a total of almost 20 minutes. The sound is raw and made me feel as though I was at a live show (remember those?). The energy of the music adds to the live performance vibe and left me wanting an encore. Doom Invocations and Narcotic Rituals features some impressive drum work as well as low-tuned guitars, deeply demonic growls (and a few high-pitched shrieks), a mix of tempos, and a thick fog of sound that I happily trudged through repeatedly. The melodies are menacing and at times crawling but have bursts of blast beat drumming and furious riffs that had me craving a mosh pit (can you tell I’m missing concerts?). There is a lot to unpack in these two tracks and they are so well done. Each moment flows into the next in a way that is unpredictable, yet smooth. Everything comes together in an exciting way and the compositions paint a picture of “dread, disease, filth, foulness” as stated in the press release. I cannot wait to see what MŮRA does next and what fresh horrors are unleashed through their dark and doomy music.
The Booze: Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Chocolate Cherry Stout
This tasty stout paired so beautifully with the music. It showcases a wonderful malt flavor that is laced with a subtle hint of chocolate and cherry. The flavors are just enough to make their presence known without overpowering or downplaying the signature stout feel and taste. This drink is velvety smooth and very dark in color. As soon as I cracked it open, I could smell the chocolate. It has a hint of smokiness as well as nuttiness in taste which makes this a very robust beer. Cherries are added during the fermentation process, so the flavor is natural and adds a bit of a tart aftertaste. I am a sucker for anything chocolate cherry, so this of course jumped out at me at my local liquor store. I believe the Chocolate Cherry Stout is technically a seasonal fall beer, but this is definitely something to be enjoyed year-round, especially while enjoying some doom metal.
Cheers and blessed be,