Receiving the Evcharist: Nefastu and Deep Ellum Brewing’s IPA

 

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Welcome to the first Evcharist of 2019.  I’ll be your fill in host for this particular occasion.  Though this is my first time at bat for the Evcharist, I’ve been pairing metal and beer together for some time, so this isn’t a new thing for yours truly.  Like a fine wine and cheese, metal and a good beer work together in the same way, just cheaper and less pretentious and stinky. So, let’s get on to the hops and steel with Nefastu’s Obscura Transcendencia and Deep Ellum IPA!

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Profile: Labyrinthine Black Metallers Mo’ynoq

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At the turn of a new year it always seems like there’s a great race to be the first with a stunning album and Raleigh, NC’s Mo’ynoq deliver on Dreaming In A Dead Language, whether they were aiming to or not. Black metal is at the forefront here, just like on their stellar Anguish and Atonement demo and Bardo EP. But, atmospheric, post-black metal, and melody all play their significant parts to make up this outstanding full length debut. I could go on for paragraphs about how “The Collector” blew my hat back or how fast the multifaceted and deep “Buried By Regret” magically appeared on my song of the year list but it’s better to just head below and read the band’s answers to our Profile questions while listening to the included embed. Again, stellar work here by Mo’ynoq and this is one you DO NOT want to miss. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: MASS and Ping Pong Cider

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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: MASS’ Miserere Mei and Stucksbury Brewing Company’s Ping Pong.

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Best of 2018: Chris’s Honorable Mentions List

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We’ll save the long-winded rhetoric for the final list.  There’s fifteen albums listed here that are categorized as “Honorable Mentions” because that’s typically how these list things work.  But in reality it’s a disservice to relegate the incredible music contained herein to a tier of “also ran.”  I spent much of the year thinking about what I needed music to do for me, and hunting for the songs, the bands, and the albums that worked – selfishly – for me.  All of the albums listed below work on me and for me: pushing me to move further, holding me back when I’ve gone too far.  I can’t ask for much more than that.  Last year I titled my honorable mentions albums #40-26, but in truth a number can’t define the reinforcement and excitement this music provided.

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The Be(a)st of 2018 – J’s List

 

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Every year is an interesting trip around the sun.  New music comes and goes like the ebb and flow of time, and some albums hit us harder than others.  2018 for me was a very rich year in metal, yielding tons of great material from all over the heavy landscape.  There was a lot I enjoyed, so sorting the wheat from the chaff for this year has been enjoyable and fairly difficult, which is a testament to all the bands putting out great albums this year.  Below is my top 15 list for this year with a brief explanation with each album as to why I picked them.  Feel the misery (wait, that wasn’t this year?!).  Continue reading