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Church of Misery : Early Works Compilation

It seems that the spring of 1996 was a very creative period for these doomsters hailing from Japan. Tatsu Mikami formed Church of Misery in order to create a special doom nightmare influenced by Black Sabbath and 70s heavy rock stuff in general and even from psychedelic rock stuff (mostly the German scene with bands such as Can, Aon Duul etc). The main lyrical inspiration of the band was some famous, bloody serial killers.

The band got down to work immediately to record their debut album which was finally released as a... bootleg, by accident. However the name Church of Misery was already a strong topic in all doom metal conversations worldwide. The legend had already born.

Many official releases have followed with the most important being the killer album 'Masters Of Brutality', their first official full length released through Southern Lord. This double compilation CD includes stuff released before 'Masters Of Brutality' album stuff which owing to the limited edition of the original releases is nowadays hard to find.

If you haven't checked Church Of Misery out until now, be prepared for a doom nightmare with heavy and psychedelic touches, inspired by a distinct 70s feel; electrified music which is sometimes groovy, sometimes creepy but always heavy. The band's releases should also be checked out by stoner rock freaks due to its influences from psychedelic rock although I believe that the real power of the band is their creeping doom moments. The lyrics have mostly to do with famous serial killers and other similarly bloodthirsty topics. Even the samplers used during song intros are usually taken from police crimes reports and similar targets, all of which help enforce special atmosphere.

This compilation is a great chance for all those that kept on searching out the limited stuff and for all those that want to have a clear picture of their music as they approach it for the first time. 'Retal (Howard Unruh)', an unreleased song from 2000, is included in here as well as some killer covers of Saint Vitus ('War Is our Destiny'), Iron Butterfly ('In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida'), Trouble ('Come Touch The Sky'), Black Widow ('Accident'), and Death SS ('Chains Of Death'). Well worth checking out! In general, look forward to a massive dose of heavy / psychedelic / doom rock, not bad at all!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Disc 1:
1. Spahn Ranch
2. Road to Ruin
3. Reverend
4. War is Our Destiny
5. Room 213
6. Taste the Pain
7. Plainfield
8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda

Disc 2:
1. Murder Company
2. Son of a Gun
3. Where Evil Dwells
4. Sick of Living
5. Come Touch the Sky
6. Accident
7. Chains of Death
8. Retal

Duration : Approx. 109 minutes

Visit the Church of Misery bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chris Papadakis
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