Church Of Misery

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Church Of Misery was formed by Tatsu Mikami in the spring of 1995 to play very individual DOOM rock influenced by early Black Sabbath and 70s heavy rock, with lyrics dedicated to famous serial killers like Manson, Dahmer, Ramirez, etc. The first album was recorded immediately after formation, to be released independently by the band, but was then released as a bootleg by a US label. This earned the band a lot of recognition in the international underground for their carefully crafted and memorable songs and their authentic 70s sound.

After the bootleg CD release their original singer was replaced by Nobukazu Chow. This line-up released a lot of material on various labels like the now legendary psychedelic/doom label "Bad Acid" (Electric Wizard, Farflung etc), and Frank Kozik's Man's Ruin Records. Despite the fact that they didn't play outside Japan until Fall 2005 the band was held in high regard around the world.

After the replacement of singer Nobukazu with Yoshiahi Negishi they signed with Southern Lord and released their first full-length album "Master Of Brutality" in March of 2001. Local gigs followed from 2001 to 2003 with the band often not playing actual songs but just jamming in freaky doomy Sabbath rock style. By the spring of 2004 Church Of Misery had signed with the Japanease label Diwphalanx. The second full-length album "The Second Coming" was released in July 2004 and featured 2 new members Hideki Fukazawa and Takenori Hoshi. In the fall of 2005 Church Of Misery executed their first European tour in support of the European version of "The Second Coming" from Salvation Records.

In 2014 everyone besides Tatsu Mikami left the band. He found a new vocalist and guitarist next year, but he recorded the next album, 2016's And Then There Were None... with US guest musicians. After a new drummer joined they resumed touring in 2017.

Current members (from 2018):
Tatsu Mikami - bass (1995 - )
Hiroyuki Takano - vocals (2015 - )
Yasuto Muraki - guitar (2015 - )
Junichi Yamamura - drums (2017 - )

Former members:
Kazuhiro Asaeda - vocals (1995)
Hideki Shimizu - drums (1995 - 2000)
Tomohiro Nishimura - guitar (1995 - 2001)
Nobukazu Chow - vocals (1996 - 2000)
Osamu Hamada - guitar (2001)
Takenori Hoshi - guitar (2002 - 2006)
Yoshiaki Negishi - vocals (2000 - 2004, 2009 - 2011)
Tom Sutton - guitar (2006 - 2010)
Kensuke Suto - guitar (2011)
Junji Narita - drums (2000 - 2014)
Hideki Fukasawa - vocals & synthesizers (2004 - 2009, 2012 - 2014)
Ikuma Kawabe - guitar (2012 - 2014)
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Albums

SUNN11 Master Of Brutality — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Master Of Brutality (Album) Southern Lord SUNN11 US 2001 Sell This Version
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GT-25 Acrimony / Church Of Misery — Church Of Misery Acrimony / Church Of Misery Acrimony / Church Of Misery - Acrimony / Church Of Misery(CD, Album) Game Two Records GT-25 US 2003 Sell This Version
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PX-117 The Second Coming — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery The Second Coming (Album) Diwphalanx Records PX-117 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
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LHRLP-022 | LHR7-023 Vol.1 — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Vol.1 (Album, Single) Leaf Hound Records LHRLP-022 | LHR7-023 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
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RISELP 118 Houses Of The Unholy — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Houses Of The Unholy (Album) Rise Above Records RISELP 118 UK 2009 Sell This Version
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RBR014 Live At Roadburn 2009 — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Live At Roadburn 2009 (Album) Roadburn Records RBR014 Netherlands 2010 Sell This Version
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RISELP163 Thy Kingdom Scum — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Thy Kingdom Scum (Album) Rise Above Records RISELP163 UK 2013 Sell This Version
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RISELP196 And Then There Were None... — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery And Then There Were None... (Album, EP) Rise Above Records RISELP196 UK 2016 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

G2-09 Born Too Late — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery / Sheavy Church Of Misery / Sheavy - Born Too Late (EP) Game Two Records G2-09 US 1998 Sell This Version
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TRIP 4 Taste The Pain — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Taste The Pain(CD, EP) Bad Acid Records TRIP 4 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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MR131 Murder Company — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Murder Company(10", Dar) Man's Ruin Records MR131 US 1999 Sell This Version
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kult-4 Boston Strangler — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Boston Strangler (EP, Maxi) Kult Of Nihilow kult-4 Finland 2002 Sell This Version
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CAL 005  Sourvein / Church Of Misery — Church Of Misery Sourvein / Church Of Misery Sourvein / Church Of Misery - Sourvein / Church Of Misery(7", Ltd, Whi) Calculon Records CAL 005 UK 2006 Sell This Version
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dd35 Church Of Misery / Sourvein — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery / Sourvein Church Of Misery / Sourvein - Church Of Misery / Sourvein(7", Ltd, Pic) Dada Drumming dd35 US 2006 Sell This Version
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GT-33 Church Of Misery / Deer Creek — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery / Deer Creek Church Of Misery / Deer Creek - Church Of Misery / Deer Creek(12", EP) Game Two Records GT-33 US 2006 Sell This Version
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none Dennis Nilsen EP — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Dennis Nilsen EP(12", EP, Ltd, Gat) Kult Of Nihilow none Finland 2008 Sell This Version
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dirt 001 Greetings From Jonestown — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Greetings From Jonestown (EP) A Pile Of Dirt Music dirt 001 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
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DB062 Confessions Of An Embittered Soul — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Confessions Of An Embittered Soul(Flexi, 7", S/Sided, Red) Decibel Flexi Series DB062 US 2015 Sell This Version
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Compilations

LHR-004/5 Early Works Compilation — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Early Works Compilation (Comp) Leaf Hound Records LHR-004/5 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
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Videos

PX-145 Houses Of The Unholy — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Houses Of The Unholy(DVD, NTSC, Cod) Diwphalanx Records PX-145 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
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SAVE ELEVEN +++ Live In Red  - Eurotour 2005 +++ — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery +++ Live In Red - Eurotour 2005 +++(DVD-V, PAL, Reg) Salvation (2) SAVE ELEVEN France 2007 Sell This Version
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EME059 Terror In Tokyo — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Terror In Tokyo(2xDVD-V, Copy Prot., Multichannel, NTSC) Emetic Records EME059 US 2013 Sell This Version
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Miscellaneous

none Adv. 1996 — Church Of Misery Church Of Misery Adv. 1996(Cass, S/Sided, Advance) Not On Label (Church Of Misery Self-released) none Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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MR-132 CD We've Learned Nothing / Church Of Misery — Church Of Misery Iron Monkey (3) / Church Of Misery Iron Monkey (3) / Church Of Misery - We've Learned Nothing / Church Of Misery (EP) Man's Ruin Records MR-132 CD US 1999 Sell This Version
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none Millarca / Church Of Misery Millarca / Church Of Misery - Live(Cass) Not On Label none Unknown Sell This Version