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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...
"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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.
"...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."
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.
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.
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:
2. The Transfiguration Fear Lucid Nightmares
3. Lucid Nightmare
5. L'excommunication a Minuit
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...
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.
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!"
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!"
Ares Kingdom has tapped Mirai Kawashima (Sigh) for an original keyboard intro to a version of Vulpecula's "Celestial," slated to appear on the band's upcoming all-covers release "Veneration." Other tracks to be included on the album are "Die By Power" (Slaughter Lord), "Act Dead" (Mefisto), "The Captive" (Sacrilege), "When Your Heart Turns Black" (R.U. Dead?), and "Oblivion" (Nepenthe).
Guitarist Chuck Keller commented, "Mirai is one of the most accomplished musicians in the underground today. I was proud to contribute a solo to 'The Memories as a Sinner' on Sigh's 2007 album, 'Hangman's Hymn,' and we're honored he's returning the favor for AK."
"Veneration" is scheduled for release as a gatefold mini-LP and mini-CD in early 2012 through NWN! Productions. Artwork is being handled by Manuel Tinnemans (Pentacle, Bunkur, Necrophagia, Spearhead).
Upcoming Ares Kingdom live dates are as follows:
ENDFest, The Sandbox, Omaha, NE, July 23rd
Gathering of the Bestial Legion V, The Proud Bird, Los Angeles, CA, August 27th
The Jackpot, Lawrence, KS, September 4th
Rites of Darkness pre-fest, The Rabbit, San Antonio, TX, December 8th
Candlelight Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Sigh:
"Candlelight Records is proud to announce the signing of Japanese Black Metal Experimentalists Sigh. Sigh were formed in April of 1990 and did two demos before the 'Requiem for Fools' 7" EP on Wild Rags, which led us to sign to Euronymous' Deathlike Silence Productions. The debut album 'Scorn Defeat' was recorded in 1993, but Euronoymous was murdered before its release, and Voices of Wonder Records took over DSP and released the 'Scorn Defeat.' Sigh then moved to Cacophonous Records and released: Infidel Art (1995) Ghastly Funeral Theatre (1996 mini album) Hail Horror Hail (1997) Scenario IV: Dread Dreams (1999) 'Hail Horror Hail' was chosen as one of the most important 100 heavy metal albums of the nineties in Terrorizer Magazine.
"Sigh signed to Century Media Records and then released 'Imaginary Sonicscape' in 2001. The album was again well received worldwide. The sixth album 'Gallows Gallery', the debut album for the newly recruited Junichi Harashima, was released in 2005 by Baphomet/Season of Mist Records (US) and Candlelight Records (Europe). It was chosen as No.14 album of 2005 in UK's Terrorizer Magazine. (This was re-mastered by James Murphy and re-released through The End Records in 2007.)
"The seventh album 'Hangman’s Hymn' , which is the fastest and the most symphonic album by Sigh, was released in 2007 on The End Records (US) and Osmose Prodcutions (Europe). 'Me-Devil' from this album was featured on the Canadian heavy metal documentary movie 'Global Metal' directed by Sam Dunn. ‘A Tribute to Venom’ was released in September 2008 on The End Records to coincide Sigh’s first US tour with Canada’s Unexpect. This is the first stuff to feature Dr. Mikannibal who joined the band in the end of 2007. More...
Japan's Sigh has issued the following update about recent and upcoming live appearances:
"We all have come home safe from Europe today. Definitely the shows at Underworld and Brutal Assault went really well. It was a great pleasure to meet our old and new friends. Brutal Assault was a truly great festival. We enjoyed seeing lots of excellent bands.
"Hopefully we will come back to Europe very soon. Also photos and videos of those concerts are always welcome. Please feel free to upload them on Youtube! Next are 3 shows with Mayhem here in Japan in September."
Japan's Sigh has issued the following announcement about changing venues for the band's upcoming August 10th show in London:
"London Show Venue Changed to The Underworld! Please note that the venue for the our London show on August 10th has been changed to the Underworld! Address: 174 Camden High Street, Camden, London NW1 0NE, United Kingdom. Please spread the word!"
Vocalist Mirai Kawashima of Japan's Sigh has checked in with the following statement about the band's performance at the Hellfest:
"Hello everybody, we all have come back from Hellfest safe. Definitely it was a great festival and we had a great experience there! Thank you everybody who we met in France. If you have photos of us, please feel free to send them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"PS: Never ever use Air China. We had a horrible trouble with that crappy airline. We were supposed to go to Paris via Beijing by that crap, and the flight from Tokyo to Beijin was canceled. It happened on July 17th, and can you imagine what those idiots said to us? 'All the flights from Beijing to Paris are full until July 22nd, so go to Beijing tomorrow anyway and wait there for a few days.' Of course they refused to refund or endorse the flight. Avoid Air China crap at any cost. They are HORRIBLE."
You can still catch Sigh live on the following dates:
8/10 2010 Dingwalls London and, GB
8/12 2010 Brutal Assaul XV 2010 CZ
Vocalist Mirai Kawashima of Sigh has issued the following statement about their guitarist being hospitalized:
"Today our guitarist, Shinichi Ishikawa, was diagnosed as TB and was forced to be hospitalized straightaway. He was really sick when we rehearsed last Sunday claiming that he had been having a really high fever for 5 days. I told him to go to hospital as it was not something usual. Yesterday it was found out that his lungs have fluid, and today they found out that it attributed to TB.
"Still we will come to Finland and play this weekend with Satoshi on guitar and me on bass. However the set list should be much shorter and the songs are mainly from our debut album and Venom tracks. We truly apologize for this. Definitely we will do our best. I hope you all the fans understand this situation and will wish well for Shinich."