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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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CANDLELIGHT RECORDS 2015
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The End Records 2009
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SIGH Scorn Defeat album cover 4.16 | 9 ratings
Scorn Defeat
Black Metal 1993
SIGH Infidel Art album cover 3.71 | 8 ratings
Infidel Art
Black Metal 1995
SIGH Hail Horror Hail album cover 4.62 | 8 ratings
Hail Horror Hail
Black Metal 1997
SIGH Scenario IV: Dread Dreams album cover 4.22 | 10 ratings
Scenario IV: Dread Dreams
Black Metal 1999
SIGH Imaginary Sonicscape album cover 4.48 | 28 ratings
Imaginary Sonicscape
Avant-garde Metal 2001
SIGH Gallows Gallery album cover 4.05 | 13 ratings
Gallows Gallery
Avant-garde Metal 2005
SIGH Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien album cover 3.97 | 12 ratings
Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien
Symphonic Black Metal 2007
SIGH Scenes from Hell album cover 3.90 | 14 ratings
Scenes from Hell
Symphonic Black Metal 2010
SIGH In Somniphobia album cover 4.09 | 19 ratings
In Somniphobia
Avant-garde Metal 2012
SIGH Graveward album cover 3.89 | 5 ratings
Graveward
Avant-garde Metal 2015

SIGH EPs & splits

SIGH Requiem for Fools album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Requiem for Fools
Black Metal 1992
SIGH To Hell and Back: Tribute to Venom album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
To Hell and Back: Tribute to Venom
Black Metal 1995
SIGH Ghastly Funeral Theatre album cover 4.75 | 2 ratings
Ghastly Funeral Theatre
Black Metal 1997
SIGH A Tribute to Venom album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
A Tribute to Venom
Black Metal 2008
SIGH The Curse of Izanagi album cover 3.58 | 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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The first Sigh album to include the scintillating contributions of Dr. Mikannibal on saxophone and vocals, Scenes From Hell continues the band's explorations of symphonic avant-black metal frenzy. David Tibet of Current 93 is an unexpected but welcome guest this time around, offering spoken word recitations on The Red Funeral and Musica In Tempora Belli (roughly translating to "Music In Times of War"). It's all gruesome, rough fun, though I do wonder whether a more lively production job wouldn't have teased out all the ingredients of Sigh's bizarre stew a bit more evenly. That said, the air of murkiness does harken back to Sigh's earliest releases, setting this in a continuity of musical development that began in the second wave of black metal and has fruited in this bizarre hybrid.

SIGH Scenario IV: Dread Dreams

Album · 1999 · Black Metal
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Scenario IV by Sigh might be better entitled "Hail Horror Hail II", since it's largely a continuation of the general approach of that album, with extensive shifts of musical style and approach mid-composition being a regular occurrence. With a range of extreme metal styles and non-metal styles, as well as sections combining the two (there's bits which recall some of the more "black 'n' roll" segments of Hail Horror Hail, for instance), it's certainly as diverse an album as its predecessor, though the transitions here seem more abrupt and arbitrary than on that album.

It's still a very solid release, mind - "not as good as Hail Horror Hail" still leaves room to be very, very good indeed.

SIGH Hail Horror Hail

Album · 1997 · Black Metal
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An early masterpiece from Sigh finds them shifting from the straight-ahead black metal of their early releases into what you might describe as symphonic black metal style - but only if the symphony in question were composed by Mr. Bungle or something. The opening title track almost resembles a hybrid power-thrash metal piece, with only the shrieked vocals keeping us anchored in black metal territory, and then the rest of the album takes us on a delirious tour de force, with moods ranging from the manic (like in the enigmatic 42 49) to the epic (like album centrepiece The Dead Sing, which conjures a landscape where "even the dead CRY FOR HELP!").

If you want find the spot where Sigh definitively stepped away from the second wave Norwegian black metal forces they'd been allied with in their early years and became their own unique channel of chaos and nightmare into the world, then Hail Horror Hail is where it all happens. Give it several listens, because you won't unpack everything in this movie for your ears right away.

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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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.

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