Standing at a crossroads of light and dark, Sacramento’s doom quintet wields epic, lengthy songs, massive low end and an occult vocal presence in a perfect blend of height and depth. CHRCH have been hard at work crafting their particular sound since late 2013. There is no image or campy gimmick to uphold, only the humble glorification of their fundamental musical elements.
This purity and honesty comes across in a striking manner on the band’s debut "Unanswered Hymns" (Battleground Records, 2015), a sprawling roller coaster of an album. Long form songs build and heedlessly dismantle as the band reaches sonic heights and beautiful plateaus. Severe, sometimes unrelenting, vocals contrast melodic singing; massive fuzz gives way to clean guitar parts. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Patrick Hills at Earthtone Studios in Rocklin, CA, it exudes a warm, organic tone that draws the listener in with a sound influenced by traditional doom, psych rock, drone, and ambience.
Heavy west coast touring and a springtime European tour, coupled with intense live shows has gained the band solid momentum and an expanded fan base.
Chrch teamed up with Fister (Listenable Records) to release a split 12” (Battleground Records/Crown and Thorne LTD, 2017). Their track “Temples” shows the increasing subtlety and intensity of CHRCH’s songwriting. Intricate melodies and composition build on the bands thunderous drums, strong vocals and huge riffs.
The bands second full length, light will consume us all (Neurot Recordings, 2018) carries with it the same quality of songwriting that caught the attention of fans worldwide on their first release, Unanswered Hymns (Battleground Records, 2015). Building upon this unyielding foundation, light will consume us all continues Chrch’s narrative, traversing life’s epic journey of loss, reclamation and, ultimately, finding hope within the darkness.
Minimalist, indulgent, or straightforward; the music of Chrch calls the listener to inhabit it, allowing enough room for its transmutation into anything one desires of it.
01. Infinite Return