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.
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.
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.