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Church of Misery

Church of Misery

Church of Misery, Witchbanger, Cokegoat 

When: Thu., Dec. 19, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $15
Japanese doom band Church of Misery don’t vary their subject matter much—and five albums in, they’re in no danger of running out of serial killers to sing about (even if they sometimes have to share with Macabre). Bassist and main songwriter Tatsu Mikami, the only member left from the band’s founding in 1995, offsets this single-mindedness with an uncommonly varied musical aesthetic. The recent Thy Kingdom Scum (Rise Above/Metal Blade), the follow-up to 2009’s Houses of the Unholy, integrates psychedelia, blues, and really filthy death metal into its Saint Vitus-style sludge. New guitarist Ikuma Kawabe nails Tony Iommi’s trippy boogie buzz, and Church of Misery continue to pay homage to early-70s heavy heroes (they covered Sir Lord Baltimore’s “Master Heartache” on their previous album, a Quatermass rarity on this one) with a refreshing sense of delight. It’s as though a corpse were to sprout fungus in bright, pretty colors. —Monica Kendrick Witchbanger and Cokegoat open.


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