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: Succumb’s XXI and Stone Brewing Company & Deschutes Brewing Company’s Let’s Bee Homies.
The Tunes: Succumb’s XXI
While black metal has its infighting over whether to remain in orthodoxy or strike out into the experimental, death metal seems pretty content to keep chugging along (pun very much intended). It’s an established art form and by and large death metal bands play by these established rules. This isn’t really a problem for me; death metal generally has to do less to impress me than other genres I’m into, and a few fat riffs can get the job done. With that being said, man is it good to find a band that shakes things up from time to time, and no band is doing more to make death metal weird these days than Succumb. XXI is a perfect follow up to the band’s 2017 self-titled debut, infusing death metal with a manic energy, using dissonance and noise to warp the listening experience, and capping it off with Cheri Musrasrik’s distinctive barked vocal style. These songs feel like they’re about to fall apart at any minute in the best way possible, palpably tense and wildly unpredictable. XXI is death metal that is truly exciting.
The Booze: Stone Brewing Company & Deschutes Brewing Company’s Let’s Bee Homies
One day at a nationwide beer industry event of some kind, the CEO’s of Stone and Deschutes had a sit down and thought to themselves, “You know, War was right. Why CAN’T we be friends?” At least, that’s how I picture the origin story of Let’s Bee Homies playing out. Someone can tell me if I’m wrong. At any rate, the concept behind this beer is very cool; brew a beer that celebrates both our relationship to one of the most important living things on the planet and the local produce these pollinators facilitate. Let’s Bee Homies incorporates equal parts Oregon blackberry honey and California orange blossom honey into a hazy IPA base to accentuate the floral and fruity notes this style is known for. There is still a surprising amount of bitterness present here, but the sticky notes of the two kinds of honey make for a really nice finish and a great mouth feel on top of it. A brew this good should inspire more cooperation amongst us all.
Cheers, and be good to each other,