Hello friends! We are closing the book on February and with Ostara less than a month away, it is time to enjoy the last taste of winter before the descent of spring. Let us drink from the cup of heresy. This week’s offerings: Ritual Necromancy/Fossilization‘s Split and Breckenridge Brewing’s Raspberry Vanilla Porter.
The Tunes: Ritual Necromancy/Fossilization – Split
I was so excited to see these two talented death metal bands join forces and craft this three-track split. Ritual Necromancy formed in 2007 and was officially put on the map in 2011 with debut EPs before releasing their first full-length album in 2018, Disintered Horror. Fossilization is up and coming having formed in 2020 and having just released their first EP, He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten, last year. Those of you that listen to The Nine Circles Audio Thing know that I could not shut up about this EP all year. I was blown away by Fossilization from the beginning and have eagerly awaited more releases. Both bands have been crushing it with their discography thus far and create similar intense and energetic aesthetics with extreme guttural growls, thunderous percussion, and merciless riffs. These three tracks flow perfectly together with the two bands’ sounds complimenting each other to create a cohesive and exciting release. Ritual Necromancy contributes one track to this split, “Enter the Depths,” which spans just over 15 minutes. During this time, the track does not relent as wave after wave hits full of demonic growls, dizzying percussion, and fiery distorted riffs. The energy keeps up with the last two tracks from Fossilization. Each offers punctuating moments with pounding percussion and guitar among the sea of ferocity. “Exalted in the Alter of Insignificance” screeches to a halt halfway through the track before switching to a slightly slower tempo with a few doom riffs while the vocals take a quick break. “With Blood and Feathers” closes out this split bringing back the extreme death metal power and showcasing P’s skillful drumming. I feel as though I say this about every EP I review, but I truly wish there was more. I am left wanting more tracks from both of these stellar bands. I hope they join forces again as well as release some individual hits soon. For now, this perfectly curated split will hold me over.
The Booze: Breckenridge Brewing – Raspberry Vanilla Porter
Settling into winter for a bit longer, I reached for this decadent porter. Taking on a new spin from Breckenridge Brewing’s infamous vanilla porter, this beverage has an added hint of raspberry. As I write this, it is snowing, and I am watching it fall from the comfort of my couch. This brew perfectly fit the mood with the dense sounds of death metal in the background and the snow gently drifting and collecting on the ground. Immediately cracking open the can I could smell the raspberry. At first taste, there is a hint of raspberry before the vanilla kissed roasted malts take over. There is a tart finish from the fruit with an added hint of hoppy bitterness to this medium bodied, smooth porter. It is not overly sweet with notes of coffee and cocoa along with the raspberry and vanilla. It is a perfect after dinner beer as it is not too dense and has just enough sweetness to take the place of dessert. This porter is perfect for winter (or anytime, really) and the flavors are beautifully balanced. Breckenridge Brewery’s porter lineup is quite impressive, and I have sampled a few. This one may be my favorite of the ones I have tried so far but you cannot go wrong with this brewery. Next time you are in Colorado (or your local liquor store) be sure to check Breckenridge Brewery out and grab one of their enticing porters.
Cheers and blessed be,