Master of Brutality

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Master of Brutality
Church of misery-master of brutality.jpg
Studio album by Church of Misery
Released 2001
Genre Doom metal, stoner metal
Length 41:23
Language English, Japanese
Label Southern Lord
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Master of Brutality is the debut studio album by the Japanese doom metal band Church of Misery, released in 2001 by Southern Lord Records.

Five of the six tracks were based on and titled after infamous serial killers Edmund Kemper, Peter Sutcliffe, Herbert Mullin and John Wayne Gacy (portrayed on the cover). The instrumental track "Green River" was inspired by serial killer Gary Ridgway. The first track, "Killifornia", contains samples of Kemper speaking.[2] The artwork and booklet features pictures and sketches of Gacy; the back art depicts Gacy dressed as "Pogo the Clown".[2]

The album also contains a cover of "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll" by Blue Öyster Cult.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Tatsu Mikami (except where noted).

1."Killfornia (Ed Kemper)" Mikami8:23
2."Ripping Into Pieces (Peter Sutcliffe)" Mikami7:46
3."Megalomania (Herbert Mullin)" Mikami5:26
4."Green River"(Instrumental)Tomohiro Nishimura4:30
5."Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll"Blue Öyster CultBlue Öyster Cult4:00
6."Master of Brutality (John Wayne Gacy)" Mikami11:16
Total length:41:23


Church of Misery
  • Yoshiaki Negishi – vocals
  • Tomohiro Nishmura – guitar
  • Tatsu Mikami – bass
  • Junji Narita – drums


  1. ^ Anderson, Jason. "Master of Brutality - Church of Misery". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b "MOBback.jpg (image)". Retrieved 2012-03-01.