Japanese doom metal band CHURCH OF MISERY will release its long-awaited new album, "Houses of the Unholy", in North America on July 7 via Rise Above Records.First formed in 1996 by bassist Tatsu Mikami and guitarist Tomohiro Nishimura, the Tokyo-based band's formidable sound melds early-era BLACK SABBATH style doom with powerful psychedelic rock. Major players in Japan's underground music scene, the celebrated quartet dwells obsessively on the topic of infamous serial killers; the subjects at hand are both the focus of the band's lyrics and its overall sweeping thematic. Merging disturbing lyrical imagery and macabre news reel sound bites with infectious wah wah-driven acid metal, CHURCH OF MISERY's "Houses of the Unholy" will prove to be a far-out treat for fans of early '70s hard rock and traditional doom metal alike. Whereas other left field Japanese rock bands such as BORIS, MELT BANANA and BOREDOMS have managed to achieve a considerable amount of status over the course of the last few decades, CHURCH OF MISERY has made a conscious decision to remain encased in a morgue of both mystery and confusion. Over the course of its distinguished career, CHURCH OF MISERY has released music on respected labels such as Man's Ruin and Southern Lord. "Houses of the Unholy" track listing: 01. El Padrino (Adolfo De Jesus Constanzo)
02. Shotgun Boogie (James Oliver Huberty)
03. The Gray Man (Albert Fish)
04. Blood Sucking Freak (Richard Trenton Chase)
05. Master Heartache (Sir Lord Baltimore cover)
06. Born To Raise Hell (Richard Speck)
07. Badlands (Charles Starkweather & Caril Fugate) In addition to Makami, CHURCH OF MISERY features vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, guitarist Tom Sutton and drummer Junji Narita.