SIGH — Hail Horror Hail

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Album · 1997

Filed under Black Metal
By SIGH

Tracklist

1. Hail Horror Hail (5:07)
2. 42 49 (7:43)
3. 12 Souls (6:56)
4. Burial (1:30)
5. The Dead Sing (7:14)
6. Invitation to Die (5:17)
7. Pathetic (2:21)
8. Curse of Izanagi (6:01)
9. Seed of Eternity (9:18)

Total Time: 51:30

Line-up/Musicians

Mirai Kawashima/ bass guitar, vocals, synthesizer, piano, Hammond Organ, vocoder, sampling, programming, radio, effects
Satoshi Fujinami/ drums, triangle, tambourine, guiro, vibraslap, handclap
Shinichi Ishikawa/ electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar

About this release

The band offered a message to their listeners that offered some explanation for their potentially alienating style of songwriting:
WARNING
This album is way beyond the conceived notion of how metal, or music, should be. In Essence it is a movie without pictures; a celluloid phantasmagoria. Accordingly, the film jumps, and another scene, seemingly unconnected with the previous context, is suddenly inserted in between frames. Every sound on this album is deliberate, and if you find that some parts of this album are strange, it isn't because the music is in itself strange, but because your conscious self is ill-equipped to comprehend the sounds produced on this recording.

The lineup as it appears on the album:
Mirai - Torture Ensemble
Satoshi - Ritual Rhythm
Shinichi - Warfare Noise

Thanks to Prog Geo, Unitron for the updates

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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.

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