Receiving the Evcharist: Vessel of Iniquity and Blood of the Unicorn

Receiving the Evcharist 2018

Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends.  I’m so glad to see you reading, so come inside and take a look at what we’ve got geared up. 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 The Doorway and Pipework Brewing Company’s Blood of the Unicorn.

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Initial Descent: August 1 – 7, 2021

Krigsgrav

Ah yes, the glorious return to the real world. Zero sarcasm in that…or not. Definitely was a much needed break that went by way too fast, but here we are with another new release list that’s sure to strike an arc with everyone. And, it’ll give me the swift kick in the ass I need on my first day back to reality. Score. First up we’ve got the masters of bleak blackened doom, Krigsgrav, with yet another stunner, then we’ve got death metal from Decrepisy and a vinyl edition from Perilaxe Occlusion (both of which I highly recommend), then we’ve got an intense mix of noise, black metal, and grind from Vessel of Iniquity, and of course, a ton more to follow. Happy hunting.

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Initial Descent: March 28 – April 3, 2021

Wode – image courtesy of Phillip James Torriero

We’ll be crossing April Fools Day this week and maybe this is when we find out that all this shit has been a cruel April Fools joke. We won’t and don’t get your hopes up. One thing that isn’t a joke is this week’s list of new metal, let’s do that now; first up is a new one from black metallers Wode who absolutely kill it, again. Next up is a pair of black metalish albums; a weird but good one from Sleepwalker and a death metal leaning one from Unflesh, and rounding out the top slots in intergalactic death metal form is The Beast of Nod—think of a favorite sci-fi space flick then put this on as the soundtrack. Tasty. So, brave the jokes this week with some extra smart ass and go buy some stuff off this list. 

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Initial Descent: January 31 – February 6, 2021

Chaos Echœs

You may ask “why feature Chaos Echœs now?” and the answers are: 1) because they are releasing an astounding live soundboard recording from 2018 on glorious vinyl and 2) because they were masters of their craft. Period. Must own situation so go do that now and then finish up here. Other, of note, new releases this week come in the form of entrancing black metal from The Ruins of Beverast, upbeat folk metal from Korpiklaani, and epic post-metal from Cult of Luna—it’s an EP so maybe half epic? All that and much more directly below.

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Initial Descent: June 28 – July 4, 2020

Myrkridia

As of last week, Deicide’s self titled album turned 30 years old. I look back on it like it was yesterday as that album was the one that really pushed me headfirst into death metal. Sure, I had dabbled in the tape trading circles but nothing I had heard to that point really grabbed me like “Lunatic of God’s Creation” or the pummeling of “Dead By Dawn.” Stone cold classic. Anyway, there’s no way to know which album off of these new release lists we’ll be looking back on with the same admiration but damn if it ain’t fun searching. About that search; this week brings us a sick manifestation of blackened death metal from Myrkridia, a soul crushing epic of death/doom from Convocation, and a tumultuous amalgamation of black metal, doom and noise from Swarming. And, as always, so much more below. Seek and enjoy. Continue reading