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Church Of Misery

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Below is our complete Church Of Misery news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sunday Old School: Church Of Misery

There are some countries that bands dream about making it in. For a British band on the hunt for success, to make it in the United States has always been one of the biggest targets, and I'm told the same is true in reverse. There's another country however, where bands from all over the world want to make their name, located in the far east and the centre of many popular trends, art and spirituality, Japan. The country has always loved their heavy metal and as a result, many of metal's biggest names such as Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne and Iron Maiden have recorded live albums and DVDs there, especially at the world famous Budokan. But it's not all take, Japan has given the world some excellent metal music in return, from the good time classic heaviness of Loudness, to the avant garde and macabre of Sigh and most recently, Babymetal, perhaps the most talked about group in metal right now. There are some other fantastic bands from the country too, including today's featured band, a must have in the record collection for any doom fan, Church Of Misery.

Church Of Misery were formed in 1995 in Shinjuku, a special ward in the city of Tokyo by bass player Tatsu Mikami, who was formerly a member of one of Japan's leading thrash bands, Salem (not to be confused with the Israeli group.) A fan late sixties/early seventies rock and psychedelic bands like Leaf Hound and Blue Oyster Cult, along with the likes of Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus, he wanted to put together his own outfit that would reflect these influences and soon found three partners in crime in guitarist Tomohiro Nishimura, vocalist Kazuhiro Asaeda and drummer Hideki Shimizu. The quartet would record their first demo, "ADV.1996" the following year and sent it out to labels, fanzines and friends across the world, before a company called Doom Records released the recording as "Vol. 1" without the band's permission, resulting naturally in complaints and the threat of legal action, but also in awareness and popularity for the band in doom metal circles. More...

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Church Of Misery Streaming Full New Album

For the last two decades, Church Of Misery has sawed off only the finest in uncompromising doom. The revered Japanese masters are lifelong practitioners of the genre, honoring and extrapolating upon the Sabbathian legacy from which all detuned life springs forth.

Church Of Misery's sixth and latest album, "And Then There Were None," is another blood-soaked trip through homicidal hell, with songs inspired by killers both infamous and obscure. The album will be released this Friday March 4th via Rise Above Records, but today you can stream all the tracks below. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Hell Benders
2. Make Them Die Slowly
3. Doctor Death
4. River Demon
5. Confessions of an Embittered Soul
6. Suicide Journey
7. Murderfreak Blues More...

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Church Of Misery Streams "Make Them Die Slowly"

Church Of Misery will release new album "And Then There Were None" this coming March 4th via Rise Above Records.

Today a new song from the album entitled "Make Them Die Slowly" is streaming online and can be heard below. The full album's track listing is as follows:

1. The Hell Benders
2. Make Them Die Slowly
3. Doctor Death
4. River Demon
5. Confessions of an Embittered Soul
6. Suicide Journey
7. Murderfreak Blues More...

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Church Of Misery Announces New Album Details

For the last two decades, Church Of Misery has sawed off only the finest in uncompromising doom. The revered Japanese masters are lifelong practitioners of the genre, honoring and extrapolating upon the Sabbathian legacy from which all detuned life springs forth.

Church Of Misery's sixth and latest album, "And Then There Were None," is another blood-soaked trip through homicidal hell, with songs inspired by killers both infamous and obscure. But while the murderous inspiration for the tunes remains the same, the cast of characters is almost completely new.

"And Then There Were None" is set for a March 4th release via Rise Above Records. The first single taken from the album "Confessions of an Embittered Soul" is featured in the February 2016 issue of Decibel Magazine as part of the Flexi Series - you can also check it out below.

In 2014, Church Of Misery bassist and mastermind Tatsu Mikami was forced to assemble a new lineup for the band's follow-up to 2013's "Thy Kingdom Scum." His chosen few reside on American soil: Blood Farmers guitarist Dave "Depraved" Szulkin, Earthride drummer Eric Little (ex-Internal Void) and Repulsion frontman (and former Cathedral bassist) Scott Carlson on vocals.

"All the musicians involved in this album are undoubtedly the best in this scene," Tatsu enthuses. "So you will enjoy listening to all play tastefully." More...

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Church Of Misery Working On New Album

Tatsu Mikami from Japan's Church Of Misery has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:

"Happy New Year! 2015 is the 20th anniversary of Church of Misery. I will make a new album with Dave Depraved from U.S. doom legend Bloodfarmers and other support musicians in the U.S. I will go to the U.S. in the Spring for this recording and 5th album 'And then there were none...' and will put it out on Rise Above Records in 2015."

After parting ways with Hideki Fukasawa, Junji "JJ" Narita, and Ikuma Kawabe back in 2014, Tatsu also issued this statement to fans via Facebook:

"Thanks for your kind words. Don't worry guys, Church of Misery is NEVER gonna stop. I NEVER give up this band. As you know well, I wrote all songs & lyrics of Church of Misery. I already have new many materials for next album. Hopefully, we will enter the studio when we got new guys. Next year, you can hear our new album and play in your country (Europe, America etc.) again! I swear!"

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Wizard Rifle Checks In From The Road

Wizard Rifle is currently out on the road with Church of Misery and has now posted several new tour diary entries online. Check out the latest entries in the road report series:

"Tour Diary, Day 2: Last night was a magical night full of sparkles and wonder. Someone stole Max's shirt while he was onstage, Sam broke five sticks playing one song and Dave drank an herbal elixir purported to give him eternal youth and the stamina to please a harem of 50 women. Now we're gonna lay you down nice and sweet, Fresno.

"Tour Diary, Day 3: Rocked the fuck out of Fresno then we rocked it back in, gently, like you would a baby. Met some kind and generous Fresnoids who let us sleep on their floor and gifted Sam with a feather from an Euroasian eagle owl. Dave found a yo-yo abandoned in the grocery store emblazoned with inspirational wisdom. Max is still alive. Gonna snuggle up real close tonight, Santa Cruz!

"Tour Diary, Day 4: Played the Catalyst in Santa Cruz where Church of Misery were treated like kings and we their queens. A fully stocked green room (actually red) with pizza and beer and a carpet full of free Rorschach tests. Tatsu from CoM got sucker punched by one of the many tweekerz milling around the street and the whole band retaliated, bell bottoms fucking swinging. Pulled out 'Leathery Gentlemen' for the first time to the depreciation of our instruments. Ate cactus for breakfast and gtfo. Gonna make YOU breakfast in the morning, Oakland."

You can also catch the band live: More...

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Church Of Misery Reroutes Tour

Japan's Church of Misery has been forced to issue another set of revisions for the band's North American tour.

Due to unforeseen complications, Church of Misery has rerouted dates after December 5th. The new dates are listed below. The tour features support on select dates from Wizard Rifle, Saviours, and Against the Grain.

w/ Against The Grain, Zoroaster
11/22 Tempe, AZ Yucca Tap Room
11/23 Los Angeles, CA The Satellite

w/ Wizard Rifle
11/24 San Diego, CA Soda Bar
11/25 Fresno, CA Audie's Olympic
11/26 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst More...

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Church Of Misery Gearing Up For Tour

Japan's Church of Misery has once again confirmed new dates for a North American tour. After the government shutdown, countless consulate delays, and some behind-the-scenes gymnastics at Tone Deaf Touring worthy of Olympic gold, Church of Misery is now slated to begin the tour next Friday in Toronto, ON.

The tour will feature support on select dates from Wizard Rifle, Saviours, Bloody Hammers, and Against the Grain.

New Album "Thy Kingdom Scum" was written and recorded by Tatsu Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa and features the return of the band's original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa. Catch the band supporting the release: More...

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Church Of Misery Updates U.S. Tour Schedule

Japanese doom export Church of Misery has announced that the band's upcoming headlining tour dates for this fall in the United States will now begin on November 1st in Chicago, IL.

Issues beyond the band's control had forced a rescheduling for the first half of the tour, which will now conclude on December 15th in Milwaukee, WI. To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for "Brother Bishop" below.

w/Wizard Rifle (11/24-12/6), Saviours (11/27-12/6) Bloody Hammers (11/1-11/23), Against the Grain (11/1-11/23): More...

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Church Of Misery Announces New Tour Dates

Japan's Church of Misery has announced tour dates for this fall in the United States and Canada. The band's latest album, "Thy Kingdom Scum," features the return of original vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa.

To preview the live experience awaiting fans on this tour, watch the video for "Brother Bishop" below, and see a full list of live dates after the jump.

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Church Of Misery Streams New Track

Church of Misery, Japan's primary doom export, has launched a brand new song from new album "Thy Kingdom Scum" via SputnikMusic.com. Give "Cranely Gardens" a listen right here.

In line with the band's consistent and dark theme of songs dealing with serial killers, "Cranely Gardens" is about Dennis Andrew Nilsen, known as the Muswell Hill Murderer, who murdered 15 men in London in the late 70s, early 80s.

The previously posted music video for "Brother Bishop" is also available at this location.

"Thy Kingdom Scum" was written and recorded by Tatus Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa. In 2012, after the departure vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, Tatsu and Junji contacted previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion. Additionally, the band added guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.

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Church Of Misery To Release New Album

Japan's Church of Misery is preparing to release a fourth full-length album: "Thy Kingdom Scum" will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records on June 11th. The first single from the album, as well as the brand new video for Brother Bishop, are both streaming now at this location.

"Thy Kingdom Scum" was written and recorded by Tatus Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa. In 2012, after the departure vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion. Additionally, the band added guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012. With this new line-up, they started writing and recording the new record. More...

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Church Of Misery Posts Album Teaser

Metal Blade has posted an album teaser for the new one, produced at Voidd Studios, from Japanese doom juggernaut Church Of Misery. The new one, "Thy Kingdom Scum," is due out on the label in May. Church Of Misery has a double haedliner show with The Dead Pan Speakers at 20000 Volt in Kouenji, Tokyo on May 4th. More information can be obtained on the band's facebook page.

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Chaos in Tejas 2012 Day One

For some reason, Austin, Texas loves the good-time-party vibe of stoner rock and its sour faced, miserable brother, doom metal. These two related styles have a family reunion at SXSW, but the punk themed Chaos in Tejas is a less likely host. June 1st, the second day of Chaos in Tejas 2012, featured a doom metal dream lineup. Legends Saint Vitus took top bill, while Japan’s stoner-doom, serial killer fanatics Church of Misery made a rare North American appearance. Hail! Hornet, Magic Circles and The Gates of Slumber provided support. More...

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Church Of Misery Announces U.S. Tour

Japanese act Church of Misery (not to be confused with the U.S. act of the same name) has announced a U.S. headlining tour that will kick off on May 24th in Providence, RI. Presented by Brooklyn Vegan, the two week trek will showcase one of metal's most bizarre and exotic bands and one that Rolling Stone called "a dynamic articulated hell, like the Tokyo-Blue-Cheer crush of Boris but grounded in the British white-blues nightmares of early Seventies Black Sabbath."

The tour will include special Church of Misery appearances in Austin (as part of the 2012 Chaos in Tejas Fest) and Baltimore (as part of the 2012 Maryland Deathfest). Formed in 1996 by bassist Tatsu Mikami and guitarist Tomohiro Nishimura, the Tokyo-based Church of Misery's formidable sound melds early-era Black Sabbath style doom with powerful psychedelic rock. Dates are as follows:

# = support from The Gates of Slumber
% = support from Rwake & The Gates of Slumber
* = support from Hail! Hornet & The Gates of Slumber
May 24 Providence, RI AS220 #
May 25 Brooklyn, NY Cameo %
May 26 Philadelphia, PA North Star %
May 27 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Deathfest)
May 28 Wilmington, NC Soapbox *
May 29 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall *
May 30 Atlanta, GA The Earl *
May 31 New Orleans, LA Siberia *
June 1 Austin, TX Red 7 (as part of Chaos in Tejas)
June 3 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad *
June 4 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers *
June 5 Los Angeles, CA Satellite *
June 6 San Francisco, CA Elbo Room *
June 8 Portland, OR Branx *
June 9 Seattle, WA Studio Seven *

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Chaos in Tejas Festival 2012 Schedule

Chaos in Tejas has released its schedule for the the punk flavored music festival that takes place May 31st through June 3rd, 2012 at various venues in Austin, Texas. Saint Vitus, Nasum, Winter, Absu and Toxic Holocaust are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's installment.

Chaos in Tejas 2012 schedule is as follows: More...

Read the full article at Chaos in Tejas.

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Electric Wizard Announced For Maryland Deathfest X

ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK) will be making an exclusive U.S. appearance at Maryland Deathfest X. Also newly confirmed for the festival, slated to take place May 24-27, 2012, are CONFESSOR, HAEMORRHAGE (Spain), and OCTOBER 31. The confirmed bands so far are:

MORBID ANGEL
ELECTRIC WIZARD (UK)
SAINT VITUS
ANVIL (Canada)
MORGOTH (Germany)
SUFFOCATION
CHURCH OF MISERY (Japan)
DEMIGOD (Finland)
CONFESSOR
UNSANE
BETHLEHEM (Germany)
THE DEVIL'S BLOOD (Netherlands)
GHOUL
NEGURA BUNGET (Romania)
MACABRE
HAEMORRHAGE (Spain)
OCTOBER 31
TODAY IS THE DAY
ULCERATE (New Zealand)
THE DAY EVERYTHING BECAME NOTHING (Australia)
DRAGGED INTO SUNLIGHT (UK)
AGENTS OF ABHORRENCE (Australia)
NAUSEA (California)
BLOODY PHOENIX

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Maryland Deathfest X Initial Bands Announced

The organizers of the Maryland Deathfest have confirmed the first batch of bands for next year's edition of the event, which will take place from May 24-27, 2012 at Sonar in Baltimore, Maryland. The first names for the festival are as follows:

Morbid Angel
Saint Vitus
Morgoth
Anvil
Suffocation
Church of Misery
Demigod
Ghoul
Unsane
Macabre
The Devil's Blood
Bethlehem
Negura Bunget
Today Is The Day
Ulcerate
The Day Everything Became Nothing
Dragged Into Sunlight
Agents Of Abhorrence
Nausea
Bloody Phoenix

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Eyehategod Announces More European Tour Dates

NOLA metal veterans Eyehategod have announced new dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the full list for the dates, which are being supported by Church Of Misery, as well as the venues and cities below.

06/18 Bilbao, SPA – Kristonfest
06/19 Barcelos, PO – Lisboa Club
06/21 Barcelona, SPA – LA[2]
06/22 Grenoble, FRA – L’amperage
06/23 Paris, FRA – Nouveau Casino
06/24 Sheffield, UK – Coperation
06/25 Bristol, UK – The Fleece & Firkin
06/26 London, UK – Underworld
06/28 Brussels, BEL – Magasin 4
06/29 Rotterdam, NET – Baroeg
06/30 Hamburg, GER – Hafenklang
07/01 Roskilde, DEN – Roskilde Festival
07/03 Berlin, GER – SO36
07/03 Vienna, AUT – Arena
07/05 Milano, ITA – Magnolia
07/06 Ravenna, ITA – Rock Planet
07/07 Athens, GRE – An Club
07/09 Helsinki, FIN – Club YK
07/10 Jyvaskyla, FIN – Lutakko
07/11 Tallinn, EST – Rock Cafe

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