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Church of Misery : The Second Coming

We've had a gruelling 2 year wait for this album since CoM.'s debut release, 'Master of Brutality', in 2002. This album's lyrical inspiration comes from the life and times of 5 notorious serial killers and was, I think, hinted at by the release just before this one, a 12" entitled 'The Boston Strangler'. I’d say that this 12" was overall pretty disappointing but what it lacked in innovation, 'The Second Coming' has more than made up for. The first thing that struck me about 'The Second Coming' was the leaps and bounds this outfit has advanced in since their first album.

The title of the first track, 'I, Motherfucker' sets the tone for what follows; pure Japanese-style stoner brutality. This is easily one of the heaviest rocky bands I've heard for some time now, and I'd rate them right up there with super heavies like High on Fire, because they really are that good. I'd even say there’s a bit of Cathedral thrown in for good measure along the way.

The sludgy, viscous, 'Sabbathesque assault on my ears was led primarily by guitarist Takenori Hoshi. The sheer heaviness isn't something words can relay – it's something you need to experience for yourself, but despite its doom roots, is best described as a fascinating combination of grooving riffs, psychadelic solos and a hefty dose of power chording. Tracks 1, 2 and 4 are the epitome of what I've just described. They also go to show just how fundamental Hoshi's talent is to the band's sound, but also how important a solid rhythm section (in the form of Mikami and Junji) is. Despite not being quite as blood-curdlingly brutal as his predecessor, Hideki comes up with some fine examples of howls, growls, and even a few howly growls along the way, finishing the CoM. experience off in style.

Having said that, CoM. are just as capable of putting down mooching, laid back bluesey tracks with a psychadelic twist (courtesy of an analogue synth), perfect examples of which are 'Red Pepper Blues' and the outstanding instrumental, 'El Topo'. They're also top notch at doing covers, in this case having come up with a fresh new sound for Cactus's 'One Way... Or Another'.

So if you're looking for a release which offers a little bit of everything brutal with some laid back groove thrown into the mix, this is the one for you. The album maintains your attention, even when tracks hit the 7 minute mark, and keep you bopping along to their innovative sound. I’d keep an eye on these Japanese wonders... they're definitely going places!

For more info, drop in for a visit here. [edit by admin.: The link originally redirected to the bands old homepage, but I've changed the target to their new one.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I, Motherfucker (Ted Bundy)
2. Soul Discharge (Mark Essex)
3. Red Ripper Blues (Andrei Chikatilo)
4. Filth Bitch Boogie (Aileen Wuornos)
5. One Way... Or Another
6. Candy Man (Dean Corll)
7. El Topo (Inst)

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes

Visit the Church of Misery bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Keti Tano
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