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Chrch’s ‘Unanswered Hymns’ could be the soundtrack for winter gloom

The album cover for “Unanswered Hymns” by Chrch, the Sacramento doom metal specialists
The album cover for “Unanswered Hymns” by Chrch, the Sacramento doom metal specialists

The dirgelike tempos and flurries of guitar fuzz are the perfect soundtrack for these sometimes-dreary wintery days. But so goes the all-enveloping and heavy atmospherics of doom metal, a specialty of the Sacramento band Chrch. The group doesn’t specialize in mere songs, but slow-moving sonic journeys upwards of 20 minutes long, with thick guitar textures, sometimes ethereal vocals and moments of all-out heavy metal abandon. For those who like their music ultra-heavy, Chrch’s “Unanswered Hymns” album is a must, and it’s now available in its second pressing on vinyl. Snag it online through battlegroundrecords.bigcartel.com for $18. Then, dim the lights, fire up the turntable and crank up the volume for one bulldozer of a ride.

Chris Macias

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