Church of Misery
Vol. 1 (Emetic Records)
Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Fri., Aug. 26, 2011
Church of MiseryVol. 1 (Emetic Records)
First two albums now remastered with bonus tracks, 2001's Master of Brutality and '04's The Second Coming, this new title from the Japanese serial hammers (see "The Gray Band," Jan. 14) offers one liner note: "Unreleased album by original lineup – 1996." Raining Black Sabbath – and the artwork of Oz & Co.'s Vol. 4 – the quartet's viscous blues vortex "Cloud Bed" first, but in English warbler Kazuhiro Asaeda's "Kingdom Scum" pounds a beat-punk sermon. "Cerebrate Pigs" huffs pure Butler/Iommi/Osbourne/Ward.