Don’t be fooled into thinking this is just your run-of-the-mill doom record. This shit rips when it needs to, terrifies when it needs to and bring an audible high whenever humanly possible.” – Metal Injection
“Just lend your ears to this newborn warhorse of a doom album, and let it rattle your soul and scare you shitless.” – CVLT Nation
Release Date: September 22, 2015
The old and oft quoted adage about “the music speaking for itself” is not a callous or casual statement when applied to the Sacramento, California based doom quintet CHURCH, who have been hard at work crafting their particular brew of sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble continuation and glorification of those fundamental musical elements that first built and then sustained the genre and it’s offshoots over the course of decades.
This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut Unanswered Hymns, a sprawling roller coaster of an album that plumbs the heights and depths of emotion, whether be it sorrow, loss, or redemption. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, CA, the recording exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in to music heavily influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience. Church cannily wields dynamic songwriting, musicianship, and raw power to spin a spellbinding tale of occult darkness that clashes with illuminating melodies and riffs drenched in grimy reverb. Minimalistic, indulgent, or straightforward, the music of Church is simply whatever the listener wants it to be.
During the second half of 2015, Church will be performing additional live shows and Unanswered Hymns will be unveiled to a wider audience as the album is released on cassette via Transylvanian Tapes on June 4th and vinyl through Battleground Records September 22.
Eva – Vocals
Matt – Drums
Shann – Guitar
Ben – Bass
Chris – Guitar, backing vocals