The Church Within Records - Releases:

ORCHID - Through The Devils Doorway, EP ( Digipack)
2009
ORCHID - Through The Devils DoorwayAmazing 70`s occult rock from San Fransisco. More Sabbath than Sabbath, Blacker than black!



Powermetal.de:
"Wie schon erwähnt, schmeißt man ja gerne mit Superlativen durch die Gegend und diese Review kommt sicherlich sehr euphorisch rüber, aber ich war schon lange nicht mehr so begeistert von einem Silberling wie in diesem Falle von ORCHID. Wer auf 70s-Rock steht, dazu gerne mal Stonerrock auflegt und auch mit Doom etwas anfangen kann, kommt an dieser EP absolut nicht vorbei." 10 / 10 points

ORCHID (Through The Devils Doorway) MCD - cosmiclava.com
Actually, I had not expected such a killer release at the end of the year 2009, until I received ORCHID's debut 'Through the Devils Doorway'. It is truly almost incredible how well this four guys from San Francisco managed to recapture the spirit of early Black Sabbath. And the best thing is that they succeed in creating a fresh and vital sound, no matter how contradictory that may sound. One of the main reasons for this is the band's ability to write extremely powerful and catchy melodies. The first song 'Into the Sun' has a significant similarity to Sabbath's 'Children of the Grave', but it also recalls Trouble's self titled album from 1990. It soon becomes apparent that vocalist Theo Mindel is a charismatic frontman who knows how to deliver a great performance, but this also applies to the other guys. Guitarist Mark Thomas Baker has a full, round, vintage sound while the rhythm section, consisting of drummer Carter Kennedy and bassplayer Nickel, works like a fine tuned machine.

'Eastern Woman' starts with a short oriental theme, before the band dives into the next groove that swings and is heavy like a truckload of steel. There's as much feeling in Theo Mindel's vocals as there is in M.T. Baker's playing. Then comes 'Son Of Misery' and again we find ourselves deep in the territory of very early Black Sabbath. Nickel's bassline has one of those infectious grooves that'll have me humming it for a month and the expressive vocals give so much life and soul to this short track. Awesome. All this is already great, but then the song goes over into the heavy shuffle of 'No One Makes A Sound', and this tune has so much going on, it just kicks ass all over the place. The song's arrangement is goose bump cool, including a mellow middle section. This song makes me close my eyes and smile. 'Through The Devils Doorway' is the next excellent release from The Church Within Records and I bow my head to ORCHID for doing a superb job and making magic happen. I strongly recommend the MCD, no matter what kind of rock you're into. You will not be disappointed. At least, I hope so.

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Tekhton - Alluvial, CD
CW019, 2009
Tekhton - AlluvialLovingly pinched from HellrideMusic.com: Normally whenever I review any band who plies some sort of post-rock influence to their sound, I always feel I need to walk down the street with a paper bag over my head. While there?s a definite list of bands from the genre that I enjoy, I can graciously admit there are a number who are downright embarrassingly boring. With Tekhton though, you can get your post-rock fix without that embarrassing aftertaste.

I was enthralled by the Netherlands based quintet?s debut, 2007 offering Summon the Core; an essential combination of earthy, immovable doom heft that wasn?t afraid to strut an ambient fixation for all to see. It illustrated that even the sludgiest of the sludge-y have a vulnerable side that when applied properly to haymaker dual riffs, dead eyed time keeping and animated low-end, is still something well worth exploring. Since the year when Summon the Core dropped it has enjoyed repeat listening from this odd rocker, and 2010 has saw an answer to my prayers for a follow-up!

Tekhton have unveiled their sophomore release Alluvial on The Church Within Records and I hate using that old clichéd adage, but I?m going to use it here?this record is bigger, better and more fully developed than its predecessor.
Tekhton - Alluvial

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Centurions Ghost - Blessed & Cursed In Equal Measures
CW018, 2010
Centurions Ghost - Blessed & Cursed In Equal Measures After two albums on I Hate Records the third album of England’s Centurions Ghost is released on The Church Within Records. The band around bassist/composer/producer Richard Whitaker simply delivers another heavy album that a logical continuance of their pervious efforts. The band became a quartet after being around as a quintet most of the time but you don’t notice that at all on this album; this just sound s super heavy. It’s not without a reason that this band has been labelled as the heaviest band from England.

Musically you will hear groovy doom in the vein of Cathedral, threatening sludge and hardcore vocals courtesy of Mar Scurr. So, Centurions Ghost is also quite original next to being heavy. Those who love acts like Cathedral or Crowbar probably will dig Centurions Ghost as well.
Centurions Ghost - Blessed & Cursed In Equal Measures

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Seamount - Light II Truth , MediaPack
CW017, 2009
Seamount - Light II Truth This true piece of art incl. 13 songs, 28 pages full with lyrics and paitning to each song is finally out now !!!

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Lord Vicar - Fear no pain 2-Lp Hardcover book
CW016, 2009
Lord Vicar - Fear no pain 2-Lp Hardcover bookTheir debut full-length "Fear No Pain" was released on vinyl this August by The Church Within but only now caught my attention because they played a show in my town with The Gates Of Slumber recently. Now, the "Fear No Pain" 2xLP looks i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e as it comes on high quality vinyl, but the real eyecatcher here is the hardcover gatefold with a 24 page full-color book. Lord Vicar - Fear no pain 2-Lp Hardcover book

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Lord of the Grave - Raunacht , CD
CW015, 2009
Lord of the Grave - Raunacht Lord of the Grave
Is vintage amplification through cracked up speakers.Earth shattering,
air-twisting, soil splashing, heavy,hypnotic riffing with mesmerising
chants,an alcohol fuelled roaring from the grave and beyond, which
takes you to the highest levels, casts you in the deepest depths.
The hallucination of sanity.
Fuck that weak shit! !!!!!!
The doom began in late 2006, when ‘Lord of the Grave’ entered the
world near Basel/CH. The idea was to play a nice hearer friendly type of
doom rock, but they failed miserably and it became a heavy as fuck kinda
blues, sabbathy 70s rock, 80s doom, sludge thing.Soon after the foundation
the band had the opportunity to play some live shows, where the band was
able to tighten up and check the resonance to the songs.
The feedback was very good and highlighted in a tour with ‘beehover’ and
‘B.SON’ in spring 08, and the attention of the ‘doom-dealer/the church within records’.
But there were also some dark clouds over the band and several obstacles to overcome,
like erratic members and crummy recording sessions. After these negativities
‘Lord of the Grave’ re-solidified in mid 2008 in an even heavier form and recorded their
debut album later that year for ‘the church within records’ and for the masses.LotG’ was
given the opportunity to promote their record during a small Germany-Tour in April 09
alongwith the legendary doom bands ‘Mirror of Deception’, ‘Lord Vicar’
and ‘Revelation’, which had its climax at the DommShallRise-Festival.

For Fans of : Electric Wizard, Church of Misery, Acid King, Sleep,Saint Vitus
Lord of the Grave - Raunacht

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Revelation - Revelation , CD
CW014, 2009
Revelation - Revelation Tracklisting:
1.Poets and Paupers
2.Lost Innocence
3.Images of darkness
4.Long after Midnight
5.Salvation`s Answer
6.Paradox
7.Waiting for.....the End

Unreleased album from 1988 !!!
Revelation - Revelation

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Mirror of Deception / Garden of Worm Split LP, 12" Vinyl
CW013, 2009
Mirror of Deception / Garden of Worm Split LP12" split LP (180 gram vinly) in fancy front side folder with
each 3 exclusive tracks by Mirror of Deception and
Finland's Garden of Worm.
Including the 12-minute doom epic "Der Student von Ulm"
with Swabian (a local German dialect) lyrics.
Mirror of Deception / Garden of Worm Split LP

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Lord Vicar - Fear no Pain, CD
CW012, 2008
Lord Vicar - Fear no PainSeven Nails of Doom !!!

Lord Vicar - Fear no Pain

Reviews:
Doom-Metal-Front.de Review

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The Deep Blue - Sun Worshiper , 10" Vinyl
CW011, 2008
The Deep Blue  - Sun  Worshiper Holy Mountain Doom and somic riffs The Deep Blue  - Sun  Worshiper

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Reverend Bizarre / Kuolema Split 7", 7 inch
CW009, 2008
Reverend Bizarre / Kuolema Split 7"Latest Split vinyl and The Church Within Records is happy to work with Albert,Peter and Void again !

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Unorthodox - Awaken CD
CW010, 2008
Unorthodox - Awaken CDAfter 1,5 year in the studio the new album “Awaken” is ready.
Expect one of the best Maryland Doom Album since ages !!! ( Sherman / Earthride)

“Unorthodox were one of the many Maryland based doom metal bands in the early 90's. They were originally formed around 1990 under the name Asylum but since there was another band with that name they changed to Unorthodox for the release of their debut album in 1993. Soon after the release of their second album in 1995 their label Hellhound Records closed its doors and the band was dormant for some time. In early 2000 the band was revived once again and have been playing live in the Washington DC area. In early 2004 the band reunited once
Unorthodox - Awaken CD

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TheWalruz – One way ticket, CD
CW008
TheWalruz – One way ticketRe-Release of the classic demo from 2000
remastered with new artwork ans special package. lim. to 100 copies
More than 42 minutes of raw psychedelic Doom in the veins of Electric Wizard,Goatsnake or Acid King.

Reviews:
Cosmiclava.com

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The River – Broken Window, 10"
CW007
The River – Broken WindowThe River have now recorded a 10" for The Church Within Records (Germany). It has a re-recorded-slower-than-the-album version of 'Broken Window', a re-recorded-with-completely-different-to-the-album-ending version of 'Inside The Flood Diary' plus a brand new track entitled 'To Bring Closure' which we've been playing live recently. We only have the rough mix at the moment but it sounds monstrous, stupidly heavy yet crystal clear at the same time.

The River – Broken Window

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The Deep Blue – Antartic Abyss, CD
CW006
The Deep Blue – Antartic AbyssInfos:
“Our first release was recorded at Above All Studios. An epic 25 minute album called 'ANTARCTIC ABYSS'. Made up of two songs telling a story that takes you from the depths of the ocean, to earths orbit.

Reviews:
Cosmiclava.com
Crucial Blast (USA)
Hellride Forum
Legacy Magazin
Rock Hard

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Tekthon - Summon the Core , CD
CW005
Tekthon  - Summon the Core Street day: 28.06.07

Infos:
“Like two tectonic plates fucking”

Reviews:
Cosmiclava.com
Crucial Blast (USA)
Gradations of Morbidity
Hellride Forum
Legacy Magazin
Rock Hard

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Spancer – Slowly we Rock, CD
CW003
Spancer – Slowly we RockThe master of Nippon-Sludge Doom from Braunschweig City.

Reviews:
Crucial Blast (USA)
Legacy Magazin
Rock hard Februar 2008

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Reverend Bizarre / Mannhai Split, 7"
CW002
Reverend Bizarre / Mannhai SplitAww YEAH, two smokin' Finnish doom metal outfits each pay homage to a different Pentagram jam and the results are KILLER

1000 copies ( nearly sold out)
Reverend Bizarre / Mannhai Split

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Against Nature – Plusperfect, 7"
CW001
Against Nature – PlusperfectRevelation were always one of the more enigmatic bands to arise from the Maryland doom metal scene of the late 80's/early 90's, with a style that was more informed by progressive rock than the grittier Sabbathisms of their peers in Wretched, Unorthodox, and Internal Void. When I was assembling the Doom Capital compilation a few years ago, Revelation were one of the few bands that I had heard was still around and recording, but for one reason or another I had been unable to get ahold of anyone (this was before the Myspace explosion, obviously). Curious as to what the members of Revelation were up to, I didn't hear anything about them until recently, when I found out about a new band called Against Nature from Baltimore that was bascially comprised of the Revelation lineup from their debut album Salvation's Answer that came out on Rise Above back in 1991. Taking their name from a Revelation song, Against Nature combined the crushing bluesy riffing of Black Sabbath and Trouble with prog rock moves reminiscent of Rush and even Voivod at times, a distinctive brand of doom metal different from anyone else from the Doom Capital. This German import 7" is the first thing I've heard from 'em, but the two songs on here are killer, "Pluperfect", a new jam exclusive to this EP, and "Confusion", a new reworking of an old Revelation song from one of their early demos that never appeared on any of Revelation's albums proper. Limited edition of 500.

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