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We are once again pleased to announce that Japan's greatest band, Church of Misery, will be bringing their dirty, distorted doom to Camden this May as they take to the stage at Desertfest 2018!

Founded in Tokyo, Japan in 1995, Church of Misery were immediately a force to be reckoned with in the doom scene. Centred around constant member Tatsu Mikami - formerly of thrash metal band Salem fame - and a rotating lineup, the band have been bringing the hooks for over 20 years. Their Introduction to the wider world (via a sneaky bootleg of their, at the time, demo release, Vol. 1), whet our appetites and we've been craving the fuzzed out crushing swagger of Church of Misery ever since. Through their first official LP Master of Brutality to 2016's And Then There Were None..., the band has consistently delivered unparalleled savagery.

Although the pure brutality of their output is enough of a reason to have the world take notice, the aesthetic surrounding the music is what sets Church of Misery apart. The band's wall of noise is layered onto imagery and lyrics referencing some of the most grisly and gruesome serial killers of all time; from Kemper to Gacy to Shipman to Brady and everyone in between, one has to appreciate the irony of the band collecting serial killers like trophies.

Six dark, destructive discs in they continue to slay, as anyone who caught them back at Desertfest 2014 can attest. So make sure you don’t miss Church of Misery when they make their second coming to Desertfest London this May.

Words: Tom Geddes