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Southern Lord Records is undoubtedly a household name to any fan of doom, drone, or sludge metal. Bands like Sunn O))), Earth, Boris, and Wolves in the Throne Room have all called the label home at some point in their existence. It was through my fascination with many bands on this label that I came across this intriguing Japanese doom metal band called Church of Misery.
Church of Misery takes a fusion of psychedelic rock with traditional Saint Vitus/Black Sabbath doom. The trademark of the band, however, is that most of their tracks use infamous serial killer as their central theme. Critics have often neglected their talent and insisted on focusing in on the serial killer theme; often labeling the tactics as a gimmick. At least there is one thing that their lyrical themes and their music have in common; they are both "killer."
After releasing a series of splits and EPs, Church of Misery released their first full length album, Master Of Brutality. The album kicks off with the Sabbath-esque, "Killfornia," a track about hitchhiker slayer, Edmund Kemper, and continues to steamroll you with a wall of sound for the duration of the album. The album highlights include a magnificent cover of Blue Öyster Cult's "Cities on Flame With Rock & Roll" and the 11-minute self-titled track album culmination, "Master of Brutality."
Year of Release: 2001 Label: Southern Lord Recordings Genre: Doom, Stoner
Track List: 1. Killfornia (Ed Kemper) 2. Ripping Into Pieces (Peter Sutcliffe) 3. Megalomania (Herbert Mullin) 4. Green River 5. Cities On Flame 6. Master Of Brutality (John Wayne Gacy)
Next up is a compilation featuring some of Church of Misery's early output. This was released on Leafhound Records in 2004. The compilation contains tracks from the aforementioned splits and EPs which were compiled into a 2-disc set called the Early Works Compilation. This should widen your bloodshot eyes and keep you occupied until the next munchies run.
Year of Release: 2004 Label: Leafhound Records Genre: Doom, Stoner
Disc 1: 1. Spahn Ranch (Charles Manson) 2. Road to Ruin (Charles Whitman) 3. Reverend (Jim Jones) 4. War is Our Destiny 5. Room 213 (Jeffrey Dahmer) 6. Taste the Pain (Graham Young) 7. Plainfield 8. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vidda
Disc 2: 9. Murder Company (Henry Lee Lucas) 10. Son of a Gun (David Berkowitz) 11. Where Evil Dwells (Richard Ramirez) 12. Sick of Living (Zodiac) 13. Come Touch the Sky 14. Accident 15. Chains of Death 16. Retal (Howard Unruh)