March 4 is the date selected for Church of Misery‘s And Then There Were None, which was already a landmark in the making because it brought bassist/founder/songwriter Tatsu Mikami to work with American players for the first time, but seems to be even more of a landmark since Mikami didn’t handle the lyrics himself, instead turning that duty over to Repulsion vocalist Scott Carlson, who tracked his parts in L.A. after the rest of the band laid down the instruments in Maryland. As to that band, with Blood Farmers/The Disease Concept guitarist David Szulkin and Earthride drummer Eric Little on board with Mikami, it seems only fair to expect it’ll be a doomed-as-hell follow-up to 2013’s Thy Kingdom Scum (review here), for which the band toured heavily in the US and Europe.
The PR wire brings art and details:
CHURCH OF MISERY to Release New Album And Then There Were None March 4th on Rise Above Records
For the last two decades, CHURCH OF MISERY have sawed off only the finest in uncompromising doom. The revered Japanese masters are lifelong practitioners of the genre, honoring and extrapolating upon the Sabbathian legacy from which all detuned life springs forth. CHURCH OF MISERY’s sixth and latest album, And Then There Were None, is another blood-soaked trip through homicidal hell, with songs inspired by killers both infamous and obscure. But while the murderous inspiration for the tunes remains the same, the cast of characters is almost completely new.
In 2014, CHURCH OF MISERY bassist and mastermind Tatsu Mikami was forced to assemble a new lineup for the band’s follow-up to 2013’s Thy Kingdom Scum. His chosen few reside on American soil: Blood Farmers guitarist Dave “Depraved” Szulkin, Earthride drummer Eric Little (ex-Internal Void) and Repulsion frontman (and former Cathedral bassist) Scott Carlson on vocals. “All the musicians involved in this album are undoubtedly the best in this scene,” Tatsu enthuses. “So you will enjoy listening to all play tastefully.”
And Then There Were None marks Tatsu’s first CHURCH OF MISERY endeavor with foreign musicians. He, Szulkin and Little met in Maryland to rehearse the bassist’s riff-ready material. “It was a challenge because there was not much time to make this record-only two weeks,” he explains. “One week for rehearsals and then one week to record all materials. Before I arrived in Maryland, I was a little bit nervous. But after the first rehearsal, I knew it was gonna be a good album.”
Carlson wrote all the lyrics for And Then There Were None, which also marks the first time he’s done vocals for a full-length album since Repulsion’s genre-inventing classic Horrified. “I was afraid to listen to it for a while because I haven’t recorded a full album of vocals in almost 30 years,” he says. “Once Tatsu had mixed everything I listened back and was able to enjoy it. The riffs are so strong on this record that even my 50 year-old vocal chords couldn’t bring it down! I’m very pleased to be a part of this and I can’t wait for CHURCH OF MISERY fans to hear it!”
And Then There Were None Track Listing:
1. The Hell Benders
2. Make Them Die Slowly
3. Doctor Death
4. River Demon
5. Confessions of an Embittered Soul
6. Suicide Journey
7. Murderfreak Blues