Church of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
Metal Blade/Rise Above Records – 2013
Doom, Stoner, Doom Rock, Doom Boogie
If you haven’t by now taken the time to explore that depraved world of doom-boogie cum murderer obsessed entity that is Church of Misery, you really can’t call yourself a fan of doom. Such is the explosive, strange and ultimately infectious power that these Japanese sickos impart to the listener that one cannot help but head bang as if we were all collectively transported back to 1970 Detroit during a Black Sabbath encore of “Sweet Leaf”. Thy Kingdom Scum, their newest entry into the canon of murder-rock is possibly their finest entry into the field. Hideki Fukusawa’s vocal are stronger than ever with a new sort of crooning twist to them that sound no less evil. The riffs are the highlight and the only proof you need of this is the crushing instrumental opener “B.T.K. (Dennis Rader)”. The only knock on the album is the lack of a killer (no pun intended) single in the same mold as past accomplishments of yore like ‘Born to Raise Hell” and “Megalomania”. If you’re a CoM fan you already have this. If not, its time to go to Church.
(Written by Matthew McGarity)