Hello friends! Another Friday is upon us and this time I am here to celebrate with another boozy blueberry beverage and some melodic death/black metal. 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 offerings: Sabhankra‘s Death to Traitors and ERIS Brewery and Cider House‘s Van Van Mojo.
The Tunes: Sabhankra – Death to Traitors
Death to Traitors is the fifth album by Turkish metal band Sabhankra. It is comprised of six furious tracks spanning just over half an hour. Each is full of blast beat drumming, shrieking vocals, tremolo picking, and some sections of thrash. This album is aggressive and dynamic and moves quickly. There is a smattering of melodic guitar solos that breaks up the intensity of the vocals and offers quick pace changes. Also heard is some synth work which adds to the depth of the sound. This is my first experience with Sabhankra, but I have read that previous releases contain some folk influence. That is hard to find in this album as it is pure ferocity and more heavily based in black/death metal. However, Death to Traitors does not need any folk elements to make this album great. It makes sense as an aggressive album with the fitting lyrical themes of war and darkness and does not feel as though something is missing from the music. My favorite song is “Burn Down Their Halls” which feels especially intense with a brief moment of crackling fire and screams heard in the background before the growls and almost chanted lyrics of the track title ensue. The production on the album is clean and polished with each instrument and piece carrying through clearly and triumphantly. Death to Traitors has me wanting more and diving into Sabhankra’s discography to discover their various sounds and inspirations.
The Booze: ERIS Brewery and Cider House – Van Van Mojo
Van Van Mojo is the third boozy blueberry beverage I have reviewed for this column. Apologies to any blueberry haters reading this. This drink is something a little different—a hard cider. ERIS is a brewery, cider house, and pub in Chicago that is near and dear to me. It is somewhere I love to visit and support. ERIS is a female owned and operated business. The name is inspired by the Greek goddess of chaos whose symbol is the Golden Apple of Discord. Ian spotted this cider while shopping one day and kindly picked it up for me. The Van Van Mojo is a mosaic-hopped cider that is both sweet and sour. The flavor profile is very robust and complex. The hops are present in the taste and make this a very unique cider. The flavors are very well balanced without anything overpowering as each sip starts a little sweet and ends a little tart. This is a lovely summer drink to enjoy on a sunny day or in a dark apartment listening to metal, like me.
Cheers and blessed be,