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: Qrixkuor’s Poison Palinopsia and West Coast Wine Group’s Pure Bred.
The Tunes: Qrixkuor’s Poison Palinopsia
If there is one word I could use to describe Qrixkuor’s music it would be: oppressive. The band has never been one to write ‘easy listening’ music (not that much extreme metal could be called that anyway), but Poison Palinopsia, the latest from the UK act, seeks to throw all convention out the window and enact upon the listener a nightmarish experience that dares one to cross the finish line. Qrixkuor are known for their particular brand of slithering, often extremely long-form blackened death metal, but on Poison Palinopsia, this format is stretched farther than the band have ever taken it before, in almost every way imaginable; the album is composed of only two songs, yet clocks in at almost forty-nine minutes in length, and everything you can possibly imagine happens in the twenty-four-minutes-and-change between when these songs start and end. Orchestral flourishes that sound like they were pulled straight from classic horror movies give way to doomy, cavernous death metal that bears down into some of the most furious riffs Qrixkuor have ever written. Couple this with manic guitar soloing and a hellish amount of reverb and you have a recipe for some truly terrifying death metal. Poison Palinopsia‘s release has been pushed back to next month accomodate for delays pressing the physical version of the album, but you can pre-order it today regardless, and I would highly recommend taking the first step in this journey towards a lightless world.
The Booze: West Coast Wine Group’s Pure Bred
Although it is mostly beer that gets its spotlight in this column, I thought something a little more complex would pair well with an album that is…well, complex. So we turn to one of my other constant companions: wine. Red wine, to be specific. Pure Bred is an old vine Zinfandel from Lodi, California that is an excellent wine for its price (hey, I’m not made of money, I buy my wine from the bottom shelves of Trader Joe’s like everybody else). Not too dry, not too sweet, and very rich on the tongue, Pure Bred hits with a colossal amount of strawberry and raspberry notes that give it a fruitiness and some extra sweetness before finishing with a floral, almost vanilla-like roundness. You get a little bit of pepperiness that cuts through at the end, and almost seems to ready you for another sip. This is probably one I’m going to start keeping around on permanent rotation.
Cheers, and be good to each other,