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Black Metal / Avant-garde Metal / Symphonic Black Metal • Japan

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Sigh is regarded by many as Japan's leading extreme metal export, having released numerous highly esteemed recordings throughout their near twenty year existence.

In May of 1990 three musicians attending the same college formed a band called Sigh. The lineup consisted of Mirai Kawashima on bass, vocals and keyboards, Satoshi Fujinami on guitar, and Kazuki Ozeki on percussion. The name Sigh felt appropriate, as a sigh can express a variety of emotions. Gathering influences from a variety of sources mainly rooted in 1980s thrash and first wave black metal, Sigh quickly shunned their earlier roots as a cover band and began to put together material for a demo to be released a month later. Desolation showed the band at its earliest, comprising of three songs that would be rerecorded later on.

Kazuki left Sigh after the completion of Desolation. His tastes differed slightly than Mirai and Satoshi, favoring bands
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The End Records 2009
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Scenes from HellScenes from Hell
The End Records 2010
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In SomniphobiaIn Somniphobia
CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
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GravewardGraveward
BLOOD MUSIC 2017
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Gallows GalleryGallows Gallery
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The End Records 2007
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.. Album Cover 3.83 | 9 ratings
Scorn Defeat
Black Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 3.76 | 8 ratings
Infidel Art
Black Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.16 | 7 ratings
Hail Horror Hail
Black Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.37 | 9 ratings
Scenario IV: Dread Dreams
Black Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 4.30 | 27 ratings
Imaginary Sonicscape
Avant-garde Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 4.38 | 13 ratings
Gallows Gallery
Avant-garde Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 3.99 | 12 ratings
Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien
Symphonic Black Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 3.88 | 13 ratings
Scenes from Hell
Symphonic Black Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.04 | 18 ratings
In Somniphobia
Avant-garde Metal 2012
.. Album Cover 3.83 | 5 ratings
Graveward
Avant-garde Metal 2015

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.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Requiem for Fools
Black Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
To Hell and Back: Tribute to Venom
Black Metal 1995
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 2 ratings
Ghastly Funeral Theatre
Black Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
A Tribute to Venom
Black Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 3.52 | 2 ratings
The Curse of Izanagi
Black Metal 2010

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SIGH Scenes from Hell

Album · 2010 · Symphonic Black Metal
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"Fire is so cold though my blood is boiling in my veins. Vice on virtue, victory on vanity. Answer me now, I will laugh in pain."

Few bands can claim to be as eclectic as the Japanese extreme metal band Sigh. While the band's main sound is based in black metal, the band has made use of a wide variety of influences which includes but is not limited to: classical music, thrash metal, power metal, jazz, and doom metal.

Sigh may be presenting Scenes From Hell, but who knew hell would be an orchestral assault of thrashing black metal riffing. No other song on the album beats the rampage of the opening "Prelude to the Oracle", which never lets up with its rapid thrashing and chaotic orchestrations. After opening with spoken word, "The Red Funeral" blends brooding doom metal and melodic black metal with more strings and orchestra. The latter is pretty much prevalent in the whole album, making the album play out like some sort of demented symphony or movie score, ending with the raging title track as a grand finale.

The production couldn't be any more perfect for the sound of this album, as it has a real dirty and filthy sound that gives a nice contrast between the grimy riffing and also prevalent melody throughout the album. "Prelude to the Oracle" and the title track in particular show this contrast quite well. The murky basslines and stabbing thrashing in the latter are particular great.

If you're looking for some eclectic black metal that lies on the more melodic and thrashing side of the spectrum, you can't do much better than Sigh. The band has many great albums, but to me Scenes From Hell is one of their finest records and most focused. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

SIGH Gallows Gallery

Album · 2005 · Avant-garde Metal
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Warthur
Now sufficiently experimental that their black metal roots are, whilst still visible in the rear view mirror, not quite the focus of their work any more, Sigh further explored the progressive reaches of their sound on this album, sowing the seeds of strong later works. For instance, Bruce Lamont's guest spot on saxophone would carve out a niche in the band's sound that would later be filled, to the great benefit of their sound, by Dr. Mikannibal. Whilst other bands from the Deathlike Silence stable of second-wave black metallers would take an avant-metal path, perhaps none have done so more successfully than Sigh, with this psychedelic horrorshow another decent contribution to their discography.

SIGH Scorn Defeat

Album · 1993 · Black Metal
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Warthur
There's many reasons why the murder of Euronymous by Varg Vikernes was a tragedy, but one of them is that it gave Varg a big old platform of infamy from which to promote his crank racist views, whilst at the same time it put an end to Euronymous' activities through Deathlike Productions growing the black metal genre.

One illustration of this is Scorn Defeat, the debut album by Sigh. It's easy to forget in these days of the Internet, where you don't need to go that far to get a diverse picture of the worldwide metal scene, that it was much harder even in the early 1990s for an act to get much of a following outside its home turf. That's why it was so great of Euronymous to reach out and give this Japanese act a European release, flying in the face of the national rivalries that had characterised some facets of the black metal scene at the time (not to mention the toxic fascist elements that had been creeping in here and there) and recognising that good music knows no national or cultural borders.

For their part, Sigh capture the early 1990s black metal sound perfectly but also bring in the occasional melodic, near-symphonic moments (with some passages resembling something out of a classic JRPG soundtrack). Even with these sections, this is about as traditionally kvlt as Sigh ever got, but it's a good fit for the classic Deathlike Silence period.

SIGH Graveward

Album · 2015 · Avant-garde Metal
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"Graveward" is the 10th full-length studio album by Japanese extreme metal act Sigh. The album was released through Candlelight Records in April 2015. It´s the successor to "In Somniphobia" from 2012. Formed in 1990 Sigh is widely considered one of the leading extreme metal acts from Japan. They´ve gone through several musical phases, and have experimentet a lot with their sound, but has always maintained a basis of blackened thrash/speed/heavy metal.

That´s also the case on "Graveward", which reeks old school heavy metal, thrash- and speed metal, but combines those vintage musical elements with an avant garde approach. Again that´s what we´ve come to expect from Sigh, and in that respect "Graveward" is just another day at the office for Sigh. But when that is said Sigh as usual twists their core style, and makes sure that their listeners leave the listening session with an expression of surprise on their faces. "What the Hell just happened There"?

Keyboards/synths/organ played in symphonic style, hard rock style, and eerie horror effect style, raspy aggressive vocals complimented by higher pitched power/traditional heavy metal vocals, and occasional use of operatic female vocals, handclaps, programming/samples, saxophone, neoclassical leanings/themes, melodic guitar solos, and some lounge jazz sections, just to mention some of the features which compliment the more traditional heavy/speed/thrash metal basis of the band´s sound. It´s often arranged in a multi-layered style, which keeps the listener on his/her toes. The core of the band´s sound isn´t that complex, but the clever and quite challenging arrangements are intricate to say the least. The surprising combination of elements and styles sometimes leaves the listener in bewilderment. For example on "The Tombfiller", which sounds a bit like Yngwie Malmsteen meets Venom put through an avant garde grinder, or "The Casketburner" which is also a highly eclectic track.

The musicianship is on a high level. It´s all very organic, and even when the drums play something almost painfully simple and the guitar riffs play a rather generic speed/heavy metal riff, you always have the feeling, that these guys are consciously holding back and just having fun. They are completely in control of the stylistic elements required for the various sections of their music.

"Graveward" is a well produced album with a pretty raw and organic sound on the bass, guitars, and drums, while all things on top of the basic instruments aren´t as old school produced. Upon conclusion "Graveward" is yet another high quality release by Sigh. It´s an album you can listen to multible times, and still find new details, but it´s still hard rocking enough to not become too intellectual for it´s own good. Sigh as always strike a good balance between old school heavy/speed/thrash metal and avant garde. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

SIGH Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien

Album · 2007 · Symphonic Black Metal
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After a couple avant-garde releases that were still just barely clinging on to an association with black metal, the strange musical entity known as SIGH retreats back to a predominant black metal sound on HANGMAN'S HYMN: MUSIKALISCHE EXEQUIEN with a brash bravado and hyperactive dynamic delivery unlike many of their releases and has an energy level more akin to a thrash or death metal band. The music is an interesting mix of speedy black metal with raspy vocals (and rare clean ones) mixed with a symphonic pompousness that at times seem like they are competing with one another. The general pattern is a black metal dominant sound which in a patterned manner takes back seat to symphonic elements which are based of Mozart's “Requiem in D-minor,” continuing this Japanese band's obsession with all things Western music. The album is divided into three acts which is basically a black metal opera of sort. In composure it brings to mind Carach Angren's “Where The Corpses Sink Forever” but sounds a bit like Crade Of Filth with the aggressive metal mixed with sophisticated symphonics.

When it comes to the choir parts of this album SIGH didn't fool around. They solicited volunteers to sing in Latin and send in audio files and the result is a rich and bloated full sound that belies the fact that this is really just a quartet on full time duty. This is in short, a very well done album that delivers both black metal and symphonic balance where every tracks runs together in harmony and I find the album really goes by too fast. Although it seems like “Imaginary Sonicscape” is the one stop and move on album in SIGH's discography, I would like to emphasize how good their other albums are. This one is certainly more metal oriented than that album but for anyone interested in a black metal sound that is embellished with brilliant additional elements then SIGH simply must be checked out beyond a token single album. For those with a fetish for symphonic metal of any type this one will certainly entertain your inner Mozart meets Darkthrone fantasies.

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