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This profile was last updated on 11/18/13  and contains information from public web pages.

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Church of Misery
 
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"Yeah, Chaos in Tejas is great ...
www.austinchronicle.com, 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
"Yeah, Chaos in Tejas is great festival," writes COM founder and bassist Tatsu Mikami.
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For starters, Mikami reassembled the core of what's arguably the group's classic line-up, responsible for sophomore LP The Second Coming and 2009 follow-up Houses of the Unholy, radioactive boogie and Hammer of the Gods metallurgy. This June's Thy Kingdom Scum (Metal Blade) struck while the iron men still glowed white hot from the tour.
"It takes only one week for recording," explains Mikami of the new disc, every bit as molten as its pair of serial-killing predecessors.
On the far left is bassist ...
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On the far left is bassist and founder Tatsu Mikami, center vocalist Hideki Fukasawa, right lead guitarist Ikuma Kawabe.
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"In the beginning of Church [of Misery], I had been reading & watching about serial killers," said bassist and founder Tatsu Mikami, who responded via email to ease the language barrier. "It's really interesting, the process of going from normal guys to psychotic killers."
Most of their tracks have their own creative title followed by the name of the serial killer who served as a muse, such as "Spahn Ranch (Charles Manson)"and "Master of Brutality (John Wayne Gacy)" just to name a few.
Mikami formed Church of Misery in 1995 soon after his previous band "Salem" disbanded. He cites legendary metal band "Black Sabbath" as their main influence aside from several other 1970's rock bands.
Throughout the years, the band has released approximately 11 Extended Plays and approximately six music compilation albums aside from the five recorded albums.
Mikami has been on a mission to reinvent their material with each album and said what made the new album different, is how each member had a chance to audibly show their musical abilities.
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At the end, most band members mingled outside with fans, while others were treated to pictures and handshakes by Mikami at the merchandise booth having successfully converted another city.
CHURCH OF MISERY was founded ...
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CHURCH OF MISERY was founded by Tatsu Mikami (bass guitar) back in 1995. After the breakup of his leading thrash metal band SALEM (that had toured in the UK several times and received critical acclaim from metal fans as well as the press) Tatsu decided to start his own solo project. He wanted to do something that reflected his other musical inspirations - doom metal and doom rock. Apart from metal and thrash, he was strongly influenced by doom bands like SAINT VITUS, BLACK SABBATH and became aware that his own riffs had started to include doom vibes. Also, he was very much into late 60's/early 70's heavy rock material like LEAF HOUND, NOVEMBER, MAY BLITZ, HIGH TIDE, GUN, BLUE OYSTER CULT and so on. It was natural for him to shift his musical direction from metal to a more rock-influenced style.
In 1995, Tatsu formed a band with Tomohiro Nishimura (guitar), Hideki Shimizu (drums), Kazuhiro Asaeda (vocals), that was named CHURCH OF MISERY.
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Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion, joined by new guitar player Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.
Church Of Misery / Rise Above Records
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CHURCH OF MISERY was founded by Tatsu Mikami (bass guitar) back in 1995. After the breakup of his leading thrash metal band SALEM (that had toured in the UK several times and received critical acclaim from metal fans as well as the press) Tatsu decided to start his own solo project. He wanted to do something that reflected his other musical inspirations - doom metal and doom rock. Apart from metal and thrash, he was strongly influenced by doom bands like SAINT VITUS, BLACK SABBATH and became aware that his own riffs had started to include doom vibes. Also, he was very much into late 60's/early 70's heavy rock material like LEAF HOUND, NOVEMBER, MAY BLITZ, HIGH TIDE, GUN, BLUE OYSTER CULT and so on. It was natural for him to shift his musical direction from metal to a more rock-influenced style.
In 1995, Tatsu formed a band with Tomohiro Nishimura (guitar), Hideki Shimizu (drums), Kazuhiro Asaeda (vocals),that was named CHURCH OF MISERY.
...
Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion, joined by new guitar player Ikuma Kawabe (ex.DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.
Church of Misery | Metal Blade Records
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CHURCH OF MISERY was founded by Tatsu Mikami (bass guitar) back in 1995. After the breakup of his leading thrash metal band SALEM (that had toured in the UK several times and received critical acclaim from metal fans as well as the press) Tatsu decided to start his own solo project. He wanted to do something that reflected his other musical inspirations - doom metal and doom rock. Apart from metal and thrash, he was strongly influenced by doom bands like SAINT VITUS, BLACK SABBATH and became aware that his own riffs had started to include doom vibes. Also, he was very much into late 60s/early 70s heavy rock material like LEAF HOUND, NOVEMBER, MAY BLITZ, HIGH TIDE, GUN, BLUE OYSTER CULT and so on. It was natural for him to shift his musical direction from metal to a more rock-influenced style.
In 1995, Tatsu formed a band with Tomohiro Nishimura (guitar), Hideki Shimizu (drums), Kazuhiro Asaeda (vocals), that was named CHURCH OF MISERY.
...
Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion, joined by new guitar player Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012.
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