(7/10) For some of you metal from Japan means bands like Loudness, but there is more to explore in the land of the rising sun. One of those bands that never really made it on the radar is Church Of Misery. Actually this isn't totally right, since the guys are on the radar, but they might not be the most shiny spot on the screen.
Church Of Misery is mainly Tatsu Mikami, bassplayer and mainman of the band. He started Church Of Misery in the mid-ninties, being fascinated by doom metal a la Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus. Mikami combines these slow and doomy riffs with lyrics, mainly about serial killers. The combination of slo-mo riffs and malicious lyrics is the main trademark of the band and also the new longplayer "And Then There Were None..." representing those more than once.
"The Hell Bender" is the first song and it starts with a creepy sample before a slow and evil guitar riff takes over. This song is vicious and if music is about transporting emotions, than this is real music, just no 'happy songs'.
The murderous lyrics and the doomy sound is the literally red thread, or even the red threat, throughout this album that contains seven songs.
Church Of Misery are pure underground and they will never become mainstream. Mikami and his constantly renewed gang found their niche in metal where they can celebrate their sound, mixed with the horror of real life.
If you love music that gives you the creeps, than this is your record to go for.
- The Hell Benders
- Make The Die Slowly
- Doctor Death
- River Demon
- Confession odf an Embittered Soul
- Suicide Journey
- Murderfreak Blues
Label: Rise Above Records
Genre: Doom Metal
Release Date EU: March 4th, 2016