Church of Misery
Church of Misery
Church of Misery in 2019.
Background information
Also known as CoM
Origin Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Doom Metal, Stoner Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Years active 1995 - Present
Associated acts Sonic Flower, Nepenthes, Coffins, The Order of Israfel, Firebird, Horisont, Earthride, Blood Farmers, Sithter, Psychotoblack, Mono, G.A.T.E.S., Salem, Repulsion, Night Viper
Website Official Website
Current members Tatsu Mikami
Junichi Yamamura
Yasuto Muraki
Hiroyuki Takano
Past members See former members
Band Logo
Church of Misery Logo
Church of Misery is a doom band from Tokyo, Japan, formed in 1995.[1] The band was formed by Tatsu Mikami, who has been the sole consistent member of the band through several line-ups.[1] The band is notable for its use of serial killers as a lyrical theme (Along with frequent samples related to said serial killers), typically in the perspective of the serial killers' lives and actions.

The band also has a knack for using frequent visuals similar to Black Sabbath, such as the Vertigo logo, the devil that appeared in the Dio-era releases and typography similar to the ones used in classic releases.


Church of Misery was formed by Tatsu Mikami, who had previously played bass in the Japanese thrash metal band Legend in 1984, who would become Salem in 1988.[1] After Salem's breakup in 1994[2], he decided to start a doom band, influenced by bands such as Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus.[1] In 1995, Mikami (bass) enlisted Tomohiro Nishimura (guitar), Hideki Shimizu (drums) and Kazuhiro Asaeda (vocals) into his band, which became Church of Misery.[1] The band would perform live for the first time on 18 February 1996 at Meguro Live Station in Tokyo, Japan.[3]

Between the months of April and June 1996, the band recorded a demo, then titled "ADV.1996", for promotional use within the doom scene. Without the permission of the band, Doom Records of USA, unofficially released the demo as Vol. 1.[1] Though the bootleg release of the demo displeased the band[1], they did gain listeners and support outside of Japan due to its release. Later in 1996, after the recording of "ADV.1996", Asaeda was replaced on vocals by Nobukazu Chow.[1]

Church of Misery's first official musical release came in 1998 on Doomsday Recitation. This was a compilation record released by Japanese label, Cornucopia Records, which also featured fellow Japanese doom bands Eternal Elysium, Millarca and Bernice.[4] Their first solo release also came out the same year, in the form of the EP Taste the Pain, via Bad Acid Records.[5] Another release by the band in that year was Born Too Late, a split EP with the Canadian band Sheavy.[6] With these releases and consistent stage time, predominantly in Tokyo, the band began to carve a reputation in the Japanese metal scene.[1] 1999 saw two releases from the band. Their second EP, Murder Company[7] and a split EP with Iron Monkey[8] were both released via Man's Ruin Records.

In the year 2000, Mikami oversaw a reshuffle of the bands line-up. Chow and Shimizu were replaced by Yoshiaki Negishi on vocals and Junji Narita on drums.[1] As well as this change in a persona came a shift in style; psychedelic elements were introduced to their sound, notably through the use of synthesizers, as well as an aggressive streak, likely due to Negishi's background in hardcore and death metal.[1] Their first full-length studio album, Master of Brutality, was released in 2001 through Southern Lord Recordings.[9] Shortly after the release of their debut album, personal reasons forced Nishimura to leave the band. He was replaced on guitar, briefly, by Osamu Hamada and more permanently by Takenori Hoshi.[1] With this line-up, the band released a third EP, Boston Strangler, in 2002 through Kult of Nihilow[10] and in 2003 a split release with Acrimony.[11]

In 2004, Negishi left the band citing musical differences and was replaced on vocals by Hideki Fukasawa, formerly of the hardcore punk band Bleed For Pain.[1] Later in the year, they released their second studio album, The Second Coming through Diwphalanx Records.[12] A compilation of the bands early work was also released in the same year.[13] 2004 also marked a significant increase in the bands presence worldwide. The band began to tour outside of Japan in 2005, sharing the stage with bands such as Orange Goblin, Saint Vitus and Electric Wizard in the years that followed.[1] The bands first video release came in 2005, when they appeared on Diwphalanx Records' Wizard's Convention, alongside Greenmachine, Eternal Elysium and Boris.[14]

Church of Misery El Padrino (Adolfo De Jesus Constanzo) Live at 20000V 28 Dec 2013

Church of Misery El Padrino (Adolfo De Jesus Constanzo) Live at 20000V 28 Dec 2013

Hoshi left the band in 2006 citing personal issues (His last performance with the band was on April 1, 2006.[15] and was replaced by Tom Sutton, an Australian guitarist known to the band. Sutton had previously taken part at Church of Misery gigs and therefore could play many of the bands songs as soon as he joined the band. [1] With this lineup, the band released three splits in 2006; the first with Deer Creek[16] and two others with Sourvein.[17][18] In 2007, the band officially released Vol. 1 through Leaf Hound Records[19], the demo which had been released years earlier without their consent.

In 2008, the band released their 4th EP, Dennis Nilsen via Kult of Nihilow.[20] In April of the same year, the band made their first appearance at that years Roadburn Festival.[21] They would go on to perform three more sets over the following two years of Roadburn. The band released their 3rd studio album (4th if Vol. 1 is counted) Houses of the Unholy via Rise Above Records in 2009.[22] Shortly after the release of this album, Fukasawa left the band in strange circumstances and was replaced by former vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi.[1] With Negishi back in the band, they released their 5th EP Greetings from Jonestown (Consisting on unreleased recordings from The Second Coming sessions.) via A Pile of Dirt Music.[23]

In 2010 the band released Live at Roadburn 2009 via Roadburn Records.[24] Sutton chose to leave the band in 2010 due to him resettling in England, but stayed for the duration of the Houses of the Unholy Tour so that the band were not struggling to find a replacement.[1] He was replaced on guitar, briefly, by Kensuke Suto who joined them on their European tour, which included a slot at the first ever DesertFest London.[25] However, upon the end of the tour, Suto and the vocalist Negishi parted ways with the band citing musical differences.[1] The band convinced Hideki Fukasawa to rejoin the band as vocalist and in May 2012 hired Ikuma Kawabe on guitar, with the bands first ever tour of the United States to follow.[1] Towards the end of 2012/beginning of 2013, the band wrote and recorded their 5th studio album, Thy Kingdom Scum. The album was completed on January 26th 2013. The album was released via Rise Above Records and Metal Blade Records.[1] A string of European dates and a second tour of the United States would follow.

Three tours of Europe would follow in 2014. On November 3rd 2014, Mikami announced via the bands Facebook page that Hideki Fukasawa had decided to leave the band in September of that year, quickly followed by Junji Narita and Ikuma Kawabe, making Mikami the sole member of the band.[26] Later the same day, Mikami confirmed that the band would continue, once new members were found.[27] In May of 2015, Mikami traveled to Maryland, USA to record Church of Misery's 6th studio album, with Dave Depraved of Blood Farmers on guitar and Eric Little of Earthride on drums.[28] Eventually, Scott Carlson (Repulsion, Cathedral, Death Breath) would be announced as the vocalist for the next album. Church of Misery's fifth (Or sixth if you count Vol. 1) album And Then There Were None... was released on March 4, 2016.

On 24 March 2017, Church of Misery announced on their Facebook "CoM rises again!" with a new lineup. Along with Mikami the lineup consists of vocalist Hiroyuki Takano (Sithter) Psychotoblack), Drummer Junichi Yamamura (Empire) and guitarist Yasuto Muraki.[29] On 15 May 2017 Desertfest Belgium would announce Church of Misery as one of the headliners, the band's first announced show in three years.[30] Other dates would trickle in before the band would announce a full European tour on 6 July 2017.[31]

Church of Misery would return to more frequent touring throughout the next few years, notably unveiling two new songs in "Unabomber" and "Hungerford Massacre" at their final show of 2019.[32] On 7 August 2020 the band would announce two new members: Yasunori Takeda on drums (Who previously performed with Mono) and Fumiya Hattori on guitar.


Church of Misery - Killifornia

Church of Misery - Killifornia

Studio AlbumsEdit

Extended PlaysEdit


Church of Misery "Brother Bishop" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Church of Misery "Brother Bishop" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

Live AlbumsEdit




Tatsu Mikami

Tatsu Mikami, the sole surviving original member of Church of Misery, alongside then vocalist, Hideki Fukasawa, at 2012s Roadburn Festival.

Current MembersEdit

  • Tatsu Mikami - Bass (1995 - Present)
  • Hiroyuki Takano - Vocals, Synthesizer (2017 - Present)
  • Fumiya Hattori - Guitar (2020 - Present)
  • Yasunori Takeda - Drums (2020 - Present)

Former MembersEdit

  • Kazuhiro Asaeda - Vocals (1995 - 1996)
  • Hideki Shimizu - Drums (1995 - 2000)
  • Tomohiro Nishimura - Guitars (1995 - 2001)
  • Nobukazu Chow - Vocals (1996 - 2000)
  • Junji Narita - Drums (2000 - 2014)
  • Yoshiaki Negishi - Vocals (2000 - 2004, 2009 - 2011)
  • Osamu Hamada - Guitars (2001)
  • Takenori Hoshi - Guitars (2002 - 2006)
  • Hideki Fukasawa - Vocals, Synthesizer (2004 - 2009, 2011 - 2014)
  • Tom Sutton - Guitars (2006 - 2010), Live Guitar (2011 - 2012)
  • Kensuke Suto - Guitars (2010 - 2011)
  • Ikuma Kawabe - Guitars (2012 - 2014)
  • Scott Carlson - Vocals (2015 - 2016)
  • Eric Little - Drums (2015 - 2016)
  • Dave Szulkin - Guitar (2015 - 2016)
  • Junichi Yamamura - Drums (2017 - 2020)
  • Yasuto Muraki - Guitars (2017 - 2020)


NOTE: Tours from 1995 - 2004 will be documented when more information is found. Most of the bands tours can be sourced at the official website.[33]

External LinksEdit


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Church of Misery Band, accessed 22nd June 2015
  2. Encyclopedia Metallum Church of Misery, accessed June 24th 2015
  3. Leaf Hound Records' Trade Page via Wayback MachineAccessed 6 January 2017
  4. Discogs Doomsday Recitation, accessed June 26th 2015
  5. Discogs Taste the Pain, accessed June 26th 2015
  6. Discogs Born Too Late, accessed 26th June 2015
  7. Discogs Murder Company, accessed June 26th 2015
  8. Discogs We've Learned Nothing/Church of Misery, accessed 26th June 2015
  9. Discogs Master of Brutality, accessed 26th June 2015
  10. Discogs Boston Strangler, accessed June 26th 2015
  11. Discogs Acrimony/Church of Misery, accessed June 26th 2015
  12. Discogs The Second Coming, accessed 27th June 2015
  13. Discogs Early Works Compilation, accessed 27th June 2015
  14. Discogs Wizard's Convention [Japanese Heavy Showcase], accessed 27th June 2015
  15. YoutubeAccessed 12th August 2016
  16. Discogs Church of Misery/Deer Creek, accessed 28th June 2015
  17. Discogs Church of Misery/Sourvein, accessed 28th June 2015
  18. Discogs Sourvein/Church of Misery, accessed 28th June 2015
  19. Discogs Vol. 1, accessed 28th June 2015
  20. Discogs Dennis Nilsen, accessed 28th June 2015
  21. Church of Misery Gig, accessed 28th June 2015
  22. Discogs Houses of the Unholy, accessed 28th June 2015
  23. Discogs Greetings from Jonestown, accessed 28th June 2015
  24. Discogs Live at Roadburn 2009, accessed 28th June 2015
  25. The DesertFest Facebook First band announcement of 2012, accessed 16th June 2015
  26. Church of Misery Facebook "At the end of September...", accessed 24th June 2015
  27. Church of Misery Facebook "Hi! Thanks for your kind words...", accessed June 24th 2015
  28. Church of Misery Facebook "The time has come...", accessed 24th June 2015
  29. Church of Misery FacebookChurch of Misery rises again!, accessed 24 April 2017
  30. DesertFest Antwerp FacebookAccessed 15 May 2017
  31. Church of Misery FacebookAccessed 6 July 2017
  32. The Obelisk
  33. Church of Misery's Official PageAccessed 7 August 2016
  34. Church of Misery Facebook
  35. Church of Misery Facebook
  36. Church of Misery Facebook
  37. The Obelisk
V·T·E Church of Misery
Current Members Tatsu MikamiJunichi YamamuraYasuto MurakiHiroyuki Takano
Past Members Hideki ShimizuTomohiro NishimuraKazuhiro AsaedaNobukazu ChowJunji NaritaYoshiaki Negishi • Osamu Hamada • Takenori HoshiHideki FukasawaTom Sutton • Kensuke Suto • Ikuma Kawabe • Eric LittleDave SzulkinScott Carlson
Studio Albums Master of BrutalityThe Second ComingVol. 1Houses of the UnholyThy Kingdom ScumAnd Then There Were None...
Extended Plays Taste the PainMurder CompanyBoston StranglerDennis NilsenGreetings from Jonestown
Splits Doomsday RecitationBorn Too LateIron Monkey / Church of MiseryAcrimony / Church of MiseryChurch of Misery / Deer CreekChurch of Misery / SourveinSourvein / Church of Misery
Compilation Albums Early Works Compilation
Live Albums Live Beyond the EastLive at Roadburn 2009
DVDs Wizard's ConventionHouses of the UnholyLive in Red, Eurotour 2005Terror in Tokyo
Sonic Flower Sonic FlowerSonic FlowerTBA
Associated Bands and Artists CoffinsNepenthesNight ViperThe Order of IsrafelEarthrideBlood FarmersInternal VoidCathedralSithterPsychotoblackFirebirdHorisont
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