Receiving the Evcharist: Ossuarium and Sierra Nevada Brut IPA

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: Ossuarium’s Living Tomb and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company’s Brut IPA.   Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Vessel of Iniquity and Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale

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: Vessel of Iniquity’s Void of Infinite Horror and Trader Joe’s 2018 Vintage Ale.   Continue reading

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

 

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

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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Album Review: Festerday – “Iihtallan”

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First of all, thank you Festerday for your name, as it has been a blast having to almost rage break my computer for every time it autocorrected your name to Yesterday.  Also for your album name, which constantly has me pronouncing it “Italian!” (exclamation included) even though it is, in fact, called Iihtallan.  All is forgiven, though, as once I actually play your music I am greeted by the sweetest of Swedish death metal of the old school variety, filtered through the dank and depraved lens of your Finnish heritage.  In other words, good stuff. Continue reading

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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