The Second Coming was the 2004 release from Japanese doom band Church of Misery, now being reissued by the folks at Rise Above Records. Leaner and meaner than the debut Master of Brutality, this one is a must hear for anyone into classic Black Sabbath and Saint Vitus.
The serial killer/mass murderer themes are back once again, with the band tackling Ted Bundy on the lethal opener "I, Motherfucker". Here, the riffs are heavier, faster, and the vocals more evil than what we heard on the fine debut. Plenty of other barnbuners to be found, such as "Soul Discharge", the spacey/psychedelic ""Red Ripper Blues", and the groovy stomp of "Filth Bitch Boogie". There's a 70's hard rock element on this album also, which brings in influences such as Cactus, Grand Funk Railroad, and Lynyrd Skynyrd to go along with the doom element, making for a fun mix. In fact, the band covers "One Way...Or Another" by the legendary Cactus, and sound right at home on it. For pure psychedelic swamp encrusted doom, you can't go wrong with the absolutely monolothic "El Topo", featuring some of the most devastating riffs and vocals on the album.
With so many new doom bands popping onto the scene in recent memory, it's great that Rise Above are putting these classics out from Church of Misery for those who didn't get the chance to check them out a decade ago. This is a band not to be missed if you love classic 70's doom and hard rock.
1. I, Motherfucker (Ted Bundy)
2. Soul Discharge (Mark Essex)
3. Red Ripper Blues (Andrei Chikatilo)
4. Filth Bitch Boogie (Aileen Wournos)
5. One Way... Or Another [Cactus Cover]
6. Candy Man (Dean Coroll)
7. El Topo
8. For Mad Men Only [May Blitz Cover - Extended Version] [*][Version]