Church of Misery

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Church of Misery
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Background information
Origin Shinjuku, Tokyo,[citation needed] Japan
Genres Doom metal, stoner rock
Years active 1995-present
Labels Rise Above, Metal Blade, Man's Ruin, Diwphalanx
Website churchofmisery.net
Members Hideki Fukasawa
Tatsu Mikami
Junji Narita
Ikuma Kawabe
Past members Yoshiakki Negishi
Tom Sutton
Nobukazu Chow
Tomohiro Nishimura
Hideki Shimizu
Takenori Hoshi
Kensuke Suto

Church of Misery (チャーチ・オブ・ミザリー Chāchi obu Mizarī?) is a doom metal band from Tokyo, Japan. Church of Misery's style melds early-era Black Sabbath style doom with psychedelic rock.

History[edit]

Most songs by Church of Misery are about serial killers and mass murderers. After several releases on small independent record labels, they released the EP Murder Company on Man's Ruin Records, then moved on to Southern Lord Records to release their debut full-length album, Master of Brutality. In 2004 they released their second full-length album, The Second Coming. That same year Japan's Leaf Hound Records released a compilation of the band's early works. They released three split EPs, two with Sourvein and one with Deer Creek, and a live DVD of their 2005 European tour. They toured Europe in 2006 with Sourvein. They played the Roadburn Festival in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.[1]

Church of Misery have appeared on three compilation tribute CDs--to Trouble, Black Widow and Death SS.

They managed to perform their first tour of the United States in 2012, and again in 2013.

They also hold the current record for most appearances at the Roadburn Festival with five (2008, 2009, twice in 2010 and 2012).[citation needed]

The band released 'Thy Kingdom Scum' in 2013, their most acclaimed album to date.

In 2014, Church of Misery toured Europe three times, the first run of which was a support for Monster Magnet. Following the band's extensive Summer tour, vocalist Hideki Fukasawa, guitarist Ikuma Kawabe and drummer Junji Narita collectively quit, leaving Mikami the only remaining member of the group.

On New Year's Day 2015, through the band's Facebook page, Tatsu Mikami announced plans to record a new album, and flew to Maryland, United States for two weeks in May to record "And Then There Were None" with Dave Szulkin (Blood Farmers) and Eric Little (Earthride). The album is due for release in 2015, although it is not yet known who will be appearing as the vocalist and there are no current tour plans to support the album.

Members[edit]

Current:

  • Tatsu Mikami - bass (1995-)

Former:

  • Tomohiro Nishimura - guitars (1995–2001)
  • Takenori Hoshi - guitars (2002–2006)
  • Osamu Hamada - guitars (2001)
  • Kensuke Suto - guitars (2010-2011)
  • Tom Sutton - guitars (2006–2010), (touring member only as of 2012)
  • Kazuhiro Asaeda - vocals (1995)
  • Nobukazu Chow - vocals (1996–2000)
  • Yoshiaki Negishi - vocals (2000–2004, 2009-2011)
  • Hideki Shimizu - drums (1995–2000)
  • Junji Narita - drums (2000-2014)
  • Ikuma Kawabe - guitars (2012-2014)
  • Hideki Fukasawa - vocals & synthesizers (2004–2009, 2012-2014)

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Reissued Albums[edit]

  • Early Works Compilation 2xCD/3LP (2004 Leaf Hound Records / 2010 Emetic Records)
  • The Second Coming CD re-release (2005 Salvation Records/Let There Be DOOM Records/2011 Emetic Records)
  • Master of Brutality CD re-release (2006 Diwphalanx Records/2011 Emetic Records)
  • Master of Brutality LP (2006 Leaf Hound Records)
  • The Second Coming LP (2006 Salvation Records/Let There Be DOOM Records)
  • Vol. 1 LP (2007 Leaf Hound Records/2011 Emetic Records)
  • Master of Brutality CD with bonus tracks/2LP (2011 Rise Above Records)
  • The Second Coming Cd With Bonus Tracks/2LP (2011 Rise Above Records)

EPs/Split Releases[edit]

Live[edit]

Compilation[edit]

  • "Where Evil Dwells (Richard Ramirez)" and "Spahn Ranch (Charles Manson)" on Doomsday Recitation (1997 Conucopia Records)
  • "Come Touch the Sky" on Bastards Will Pay: Tribute to Trouble (1999 Freedom Records)
  • "Accident" on King of the Witches: Black Widow Tribute (2000 Black Widow Records)
  • "Chains of Death" on Beyond the Realms of Death SS (2000 Black Widow Records)
  • "Sick of Living (Zodiac)" on Stone Deaf Forever (2000 Red Sun Records)
  • "Lucifer Rising (live)" on Blood Curdling Nightmare (2002 self-released)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Griffioen, Ingmar (14 April 2010). "Opwarmen voor Roadburn met Shining, Enslaved, Brant Bjork, Jesu...". 3VOOR12. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 

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