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Formed: 1990
From: Tokyo, Japan
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Latest Sigh News

Below is our complete Sigh news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Sigh Finishes New Album

Japanese extreme metal legends Sigh has announced that they have completed mastering their new studio album, "Heir To Despair." A statement on the band's official Facebook account reads as follows:

"Now Sigh's new album "Heir to Despair" has been mixed, mastered and delivered to the label. I am not sure about the release date yet though. It sure is a very Asian album, at least to my ears."

This will be their first album since the critically acclaimed, "Graveyard," which was released in 2015 through Candlelight Records.

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Sigh Reveals New Album Title

Japanese extreme metal veterans Sigh has posted a short update online, in which revealed the name of their forthcoming new album. The message reads as follows:

"Time files but we promise that our new album 'Heir to Despair' will be coming out some time in 2018. The recording process should be done very soon and we have already shot the video for one of the songs."

This will be Sigh's first album since the critically acclaimed, "Graveward" (see review here) in 2015. More...

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Sigh Reveals New Album Title

Japanese extreme metal veterans Sigh has announced that the name of their new album will be, "Heir To Despair." The album title continues the group's tradition of naming their records with titles beginning with S, I, G and H, following on from their previous release, "Graveward." A short update on the band's Facebook page, which also reveals why the record has been taking longer than expected, reads as follows:

"I was hoping to finish recording the new album "Heir to Despair" by the end of this year but the things have been moving much slower than we thought. I have been taking a lot of time to learn flute etc. Anyway our 2017 will start with Blastfest then we will finish up the new album for sure."

"Heir To Despair" will be the band's eleventh studio album and is expected to be released through Candlelight Records.

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Sigh Confirmed For Blastfest 2017

In the heart of winter, in the shadows of the mountains, and in one of the cities most renowned for metal and beauty in the world, Blastfest takes place next February in Bergen, Norway.

The four day festival runs from the 22nd to 25th of February 2017, and following the booting of Peste Noire and Horna from the bill, there has been a steady stream of band announcements for the next edition of the festival.

2017's Blastfest will include a heavy set from Devin Townsend Project, an exclusive "Heaven Shall Burn... When We Are Gathered" set from Marduk, appearances from Memoriam, Between The Buried & Me, Dying Fetus, Hell, Akercocke and the world debut performance of Phil Anselmo’s new Scour project.

Now it's time for some new announcements which brings the festival ever closer to a complete lineup: Elizabeth, Kronos & Sigh! Stay tuned for more announcements still to come. More...

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Sigh Posts New Music Video Online

Japanese extreme metal legends Sigh has posted a new music video online for their song, "The Forlorn." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Graveward," which was released last year due to rave reviews (including a perfect score from this very website,) and is the second song from the album to receive the music video treatment following, "Out of the Grave."

The band are currently working on new material for their next album, with guitarist Kadenzza Yuichi Oshima posting the following message online:

"Now I'm recording the guitars for Sigh's upcoming new "H" album. But I'm stranding re-amping...... and in a mess... The wiring between Cubase and Kemper doesn't work well.

"Anyway the "H" album, we have to make it better than "Graveward"... I'll do it!!!" More...

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Bloodway Taps Dr. Mikannibal For New Album

Bloodway, the band lead by Romanian graphic designer Costin Chioreanu from Twilight13media (At the Gates, Mayhem, Arcturus, Darkthrone, Sigh etc), has announced full details for the new album "Mapping The Moment With The Logic of Dreams."

The album features Dr. Mikannibal from Sigh as a special guest performing saxophone on the track “A Hallow Bridge” and will officially drop September 25th, 2015.

“Bloodway exist without expectations, and without trying to please anybody but ourselves,” proudly asserts Costin Chioreanu. Together with drummer Alex Ghita and bassist Mihai Andrei, he formed the band in 2013 and since then has been busy refining its style: an intriguing, surprising brew of black metal, psych-prog and avant-garde music, filtered through Chioreanu’s metaphysic visions and life’s deepest emotions. The new album's track listing is:

1. Seeding Distance (1:49)
2. The Transfinite Castaway (7:05)
3. Walking Past Near The Lighthouse (6:55)
4. Mirror Twins (4:09)
5. Early Glade Test Pilot (6:47)
6. A Hallow Bridge (5:57)
7. Garden Of Diurnal Fractals (5:33)
8. Mapping The Moment With The Logic Of Dreams (4:51) More...

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Graspop Metal Meeting: Day One

The Graspop Metal Meeting festival, held annually in the small Belgian town of Dessel, has become one of the highlights of the metal calendar, along with such festivals as Wacken Open Air and Hellfest and this year, the event proved how successful it is by celebrating it's twentieth edition. It was certainly a special way to mark the occassion, booking a number of bands who had never played the festival before but who fans had been clamouring to see. It has always traditionally catered to head bangers of all ages, bringing in bands from the early days of metal to the stars of today, as well as up and comers. Before we go any further, it should be noted that due to scheduling conflicts, some big names either will not be covered in this review, or only mentioned briefly, so don't be disappointed if your favourite band doesn't get the treatment you want, if at all. So, with all that said, just how good can a metal festival in the Flemish region be? Read on, MacDuff.

Arriving on the Thursday, the camp site seemed to be smoother than ever to get in to than previous years. Whether this is because the staff have further improved the planning of the grounds, metal heads have become friendlier over the past four years, or because I've been put on medication since my last visit, we'll never know. Anyway, the general atmosphere at Graspop was, as per usual, a very relaxed one, with people from all over the world coming to listen to and celebrate the music they love so dearly. There are some bands performing on this day too, mostly cover acts such as The Art of Pantera and Diolegacy. It's a good way to get introduced to the festival grounds, get some tokens (imagine Disney money but with skulls on,) and familiarise yourself with the stages, food stalls and the cafe, which is more of a pub with Warlock on full blast.

On to the most important thing however, the music. Kicking off the main stage, or rather, the second main stage as the festival now has two, was hard rock supergroup, The Dead Daisies. The band features a collective of solid names such as Marco Mendoza, Dizzy Reed and former Motley Crue vocalist, John Corabi. Looking at the bands on the members resume such as Guns N Roses, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, their good time, hard rocking sound was pretty much what one would expect. This does not, however, stop them from doing their job of getting people on their feet, putting smiles on faces and generally bringing a great vibe to the event that is so vital in making sure a festival gets off to a good start. They're not just a party act either, they've got some genuinly good songs and a number of people seemed to be a little surprised how much they enjoyed the set. Bottom line: If you want to party like it's 1985, go see the Dead Daisies. You'll be glad you did. More...

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Sigh Streams Full New Album

"Graveward" is the new ten-track offering from iconic Japanese avant extreme metal unit, Sigh (check out our review here).

Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, "Graveward" pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics and features guest performances from Trivium's Matthew Heafy, DragonForce's Fred Leclercq, Shining's Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ's Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel's Metatron and more.

Already consuming the hordes in Europe, "Graveward" will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015. You can now hear the entire album online in full below, courtesy of InvisibleOranges.com. More...

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Sigh Posts New Track "Kaedit Nos Pestis"

Experimental metal outfit Sigh is streaming a new clip for the track "Kaedit Nos Pestis" in the player below.

This is the second single taken from Sigh's new album "Graveward," which comes out April 13th in Europe and May 4th in the U.S.

The previously posted track "Out Of The Grave" is also still available for streaming over at this location. More...

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Sigh Posts New Clip "Out of the Grave"

Experimental metal outfit Sigh is streaming a new music video for the track "Out of the Grave" below.

This is the first single taken from Sigh's new album "Graveward," which comes out April 13th in Europe and May 4th in the U.S.

"Out of the Grave" also features some guest vocals by Trivium’s Matt Heafym who's voice is almost completely unrecognizable on this track though. Check it out below. More...

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Sigh Announces New Album

Sigh has wrapped up work on new album "Graveward," with an official release date to soon be announced. The artwork can be seen below, and the band also issued this press release:

"Two and a half years were required to finish up Sigh's 10th studio full-length album 'Graveward,' which embraces everything from vintage keyboards such as Minimoog and Fender Rhodes to real orchestral instruments.

"Each song ended up in having more than 100 tracks and the total amount of the sound data exceeded 100GB. 'Cinematic Horror Metal' should be the best phrase to describe this most layered grandiose album in Sigh's history.

"Inspired by a little chat with Fabio Frizzi, well-known for his legendary works for Lucio Fulci's movies like 'The Gates of Hell' and 'The Beyond,' 'Graveward' was composed as a homage to Italian zombie flick classics, Hammer Horror Films, and King Diamond.

"Of course the musical influence is as wide as ever including aforementioned horror soundtrack composers (Fabio Frizzi, Goblin, James Bernard, Jerry Gold Smith, and John Carpenter), and their roots (Schoenberg, Webern, Stravinsky, Bartok, and Charles Ives), left-of-center rock / metal artists (Celtic Frost, King Diamond, The Beach Boys, Magma and Frank Zappa), Free Jazz (Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Peter Brotzmann) and some Central Asian traditional music.

"'Graveward' welcomes various guest musicians including Matthew Heafy from Trivium, Fred Leclercq from DragonForce, Niklas Kvarforth from Shining (Sweden) Sakis Tolis from Rotting Christ, Metatron from The Meads of Asphodel and so on. The cover artwork was done by Costin Chioreanu, who worked with Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide and Ulver." More...

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Sunday Old School: BMHM Part 2 - Sigh

Black Metal History Month has returned for a fourth instalment! This year will see our special time analyze some of the roots of the genre, as well as some of the bleakest and obscene bands to fly the flag of darkness.

When it comes to black metal, the first place that immediately springs to mind is Norway, despite the genre being pioneered by groups from England, Switzerland, Italy and Denmark. It would be appear that Mayhem guitarist and black metal figurehead, Øystein Aarseth, better known perhaps as Euronymous, was well aware that the genre wasn’t restricted to his home country, as evidenced by his offers to bands all over the world to join his Deathlike Silence label. One of this groups hailed from the other side of the world, in a country one might not associate with the frostbitten scene, Japan. Their name is, Sigh.

Sigh began life in 1989, forming in the Japanese capital city of Tokyo. They released two demo tapes, "Desolation" and "Tragedies" the following year, featuring the lineup of Mirai Kawashima on vocals and keyboards, drummer Kazuki Ozeki and multi instrumentalist, Satoshi Fujinami on guitar. The demos aren’t considered their best work and suffered from very poor production, but nevertheless attracted enough interest for Wild Rags Records to offer them an outlet for an EP release, which came in 1992 under the title, "Requiem for Fools," around the time that they had hired guitarist, Shinichi Ishikawa, a move which saw Fujinami moving to the drum stool. More...

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Third Part Of "And Justice For Art" Series Posted

Canadian rock/metal site PureGrainAudio.com recently debuted a column entitled "...And Justice For Art", a new series focused on exploring every detail behind the making of some of the most stunning cover artworks in the history of metal music. The first installment of the series, which we posted earlier this month, explored the impact that cover artwork can have on the overall album experience and tapped the brain of famed artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Atheist, Sigh) as well as members of Archaios and Cormorant. The second edition to the series got a bit more in-depth and examined the creation of the artwork for Death's "Symbolic."

Part Three, which can be found here, sees Kantor discussing his work on the cover for Sigh's newest album, "In Somniphobia." Next week, the series will examine the visual accompaniment to CORMORANT's Dwellings. "...And Justice For Art" is the result of writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with third world metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records.


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"And Justice For Art" Series Debuts

"...And Justice For Art" premiered today, July 11th, 2012 on www.PureGrainAudio.com and a new episode in the series is scheduled to be released weekly. The articles include in-depth research and exclusive interviews with musicians, designers and industry insiders about landmark cover artworks albums such as Death's 'Symbolic', Sigh's 'In Somniphobia', Cormorant's 'Dwellings', Slayer's 'Reign in Blood', Opeth "Heritage" and many more. To view the first article visit this location today. Check out the video teaser for the series below.

"...And Justice For Art" is the result of the tireless efforts from the series' mastermind and frequent PureGrain writer Ramon Martos-Garcia, who is also known in the underground scene for his involvement with Third World Metal bands like Archaios, Divinis Invocat and the indie record label Dark Canvas Records. "In the past, there have been many attempts to tell stories about this subject ", says Ramon, "but never with this level of hindsight and detail. I think what will make this series different is that we are telling stories from different points of view and exploring these cover artworks from a human, psychological, artistic and historical perspective. I truly believe this will be something very unique and special and that everyone reading these articles will be learning and discovering new things about Contemporary Arts and Metal."

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Bathory Tribute Album Teaser Available

A new teaser video has been posted online for the upcoming Bathory tribute release "Voices from Valhalla," due out May 2012 via Godreah Records. Check out the clip below.

Bands set to appear on the tribute include The Meads of Asphodel, Old Corpse Road, Skyforger, Darkest Era, and more. Head over to the Godreah Records website for full details.

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Sigh Streaming New Song

Pitchfork today is hosting an exclusive premiere of “Purgatorium” from legendary extreme metal enigmas Sigh. The track comes off the band’s ninth new studio offering entitled "In Somniphobia," set for North America release this Tuesday, March 13th via Candlelight Records.

The 11-track work of maniacal genius features guest appearances from Massacre’s Kam Lee and Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron as well as cover illustration by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (Atheist, Testament).

Check out the “Purgatorium” track now at this location.

And in case you missed it, you can check out the band’s video for “Far Beneath The In-Between,” hosted by Decibel Magazine last month here. More...

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Sigh Reveals New Album Details

Extreme metal exhibitionists Sigh are set to unleash their ninth studio album this March. Entitled "In Somniphobia," the 11 track opus features guest appearances from Massacre’s Kam Lee and Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron as well as cover illustration by renowned artist Eliran Kantor (Atheist, Testament), viewable below.

Founded in 1990 in Tokyo, Japan, Sigh is known for a nontraditional approach to metal and music in general and such is the case with the band's latest endeavor. Commented vocalist/keyboardist Mirai Kawashima: "This is your sonic nightmare. This is the music that lies somewhere between your reality and imagination. This is the heaviest, scariest, craziest and by far the best album by SIGH in every aspect. Be sure to smoke first then listen to this with headphones. Bad trip guaranteed."

In celebration of the record’s upcoming release, today Decibel Magazine premieres the band’s video for seventh track “Far Beneath The In-Between.” Check out the video below. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. Purgatorium
2. The Transfiguration Fear Lucid Nightmares
3. Lucid Nightmare
4. Somniphobia
5. L'excommunication a Minuit
6. Amnesia
7. Far Beneath the In-Between
8. Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils
9. Ending Theme: Continuum
10. Fall to the Thrall
11. Equale (a. Prelude, b. Fugato, c. Coda) More...

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Sigh Comments On Upcoming Album

Japanese act Sigh has announced the band's ninth album "In Somniphobia" is due out in March, 2012 on Candlelight Records. The band commented on the upcoming release:

"This album is by far more musically varied compared to the last two albums. Put heavy metal, classical music, jazz, Indian traditional music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis into a cauldron of hell and stir it, you'll get 'In Somniphobia.' It is a pure sonic nightmare that lasts more than an hour."

"In Somniphobia" will be the follow-up to Sigh's last album "Scenes From Hell" (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.

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Sigh To Headline Asia Metal Fest

Sigh has checked in with the following announcement about headlining the upcoming Asia Metal Festival:

"We proudly announce that Sigh is going to headline Asia Metal Festival, which will be held in Shanghai and Beijing on October 15th and 16th. It is a big honor for us to headline the gigs where the bands from China, Taiwan, Thailand, Mongol, Japan and the UK are gathering.

"This is our first time to play in China and we are truly looking forward to being there! These will be some special shows. Don't you ever miss it!"

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Sigh Comments On Upcoming New Album

Japan's Sigh has announced the band new album will be titled "In Somniphobia," and the band has now checked in with the following update about the album:

"In Somniphobia is a sonic nightmare that lasts for more than an hour. The musical direction is pretty much far from that of the last two albums, 'Scenes from Hell' and 'Hangman's Hymn.' It is not easy to describe its direction, but probably one can say that it is something between 'Imaginary Sonicscape,' 'Hail Horror Hail,' and 'Gallows Gallery,' or rather, simply a nightmarish version of 'Imaginary Sonicscape.' Put heavy metal, classical music, jazz, Indian traditional music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis into a cauldron of hell and stir it, you'll get 'In Somniphobia.'

"The first two songs are VERY heavy metal, but from the third track, it begins. Five songs are woven together, which part is named 'Lucid Nightmares.' It is a pure sonic description of nightmares. This is surrealistic, ethnic, druggy, atmospheric and definitely scary! Lots of vintage gems are being used such as Minimoog, Prophet-5, Clavinet D-6, Roland RE-201 Space Echo etc. along with some ethnic instruments like Indian Sarangi, Sitar, Tampura, and Tabla. Kam Lee (ex-Massacre, Bone Gnawer etc.) and Metatron (The Meads of Asphodel) cooperated with the lyrics and the vocals for 'Lucid Nightmares.'

"Listen with Headphones is strictly recommended. Smoke before you try this. Bad trip guaranteed!"

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