Receiving the Evcharist: Many Blessings and Popfuji Pilsners

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: Many Blessings’ Emanation Body and Brouwerij West’s Popfuji Pilsner.  
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Album Review: Ashtar — “Kaikuja”

Creatively captivating black/doom duo hailing from Basel, Switzerland, Ashtar, has returned after five years with their sophomore album Kaikuja.  The band has been in the studio since the summer of 2019 developing their sound and creating this darkly impressive work of art.  The rich and idiosyncratic tracks of this album are layered with intricacies giving each listen new discoveries and appreciation. Continue reading

Rainbows in the Dark: Colossloth — “Plague Alone”

Oh hey, didn’t see you there.  We took a week away from the nonmetal side of things, hope you didn’t miss us too much.  To make up for it, I subjected myself to another album that breaks new ground for me.  While I am somewhat versed in the poppier side of electronic music, drone acts like England’s Colossloth rarely cross my radar.  Still, something in my gut told me I should give Plague Alone a shot, and I’m never one to distrust my guts.  This is Rainbows in the Dark, featuring the best of all things non-metal and metal adjacent. Continue reading

Receiving the Evcharist: Fós and The Shroud

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: Fós’ Rinne mé iarraidh and Brävery Brewing Company’s The Shroud.

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Album Review: Big|Brave – “A Gaze Among Them”

big brave - a gaze among them

It is a fairly common experience for people (read: me) getting into meditation for the first time to experience difficulty in quieting one’s mind. Repeating mantras over and over can sometimes be helpful , because that repetition gives the conscious mind a concrete task to focus on, which frees up the rest of the person. The language used can change based on the tradition it’s found in of course, but the idea of using repetition to lower defenses and experience something wonderful is all I have been able to think about as I continue to sit with Big|Brave‘s new album, A Gaze Among Them.   Continue reading