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Formed: 1990
From: Tokyo, Japan
Last Known Status: Active

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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Ares Kingdom Taps Mirai Kawashima For New Album

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

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Sigh Signs To Candlelight Records

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...

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Sigh Checks In With Road Report

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."

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Sigh Changes Venues For Upcoming Show

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!"

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Sigh Comments On Hellfest

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 sighjpn@gmail.com.

"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

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Sigh Guitarist Hospitalized Due To Illness

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."

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Brutal Assault Festival Confirms Two More Bands

The organisers of the Czech Republics Brutal Assault festival has announced two more bands for this years edition of the event. New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front will now be performing at the festival, along with other new confirmation, Swedish black metal artists Watain. The festival takes place in the town of Josefov from August 12th-14th.

The lineup is now as follows: More...

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The End Records Compilation For Free Download

Toward the end of 2009, The End Records released a 99 cent 17 track sampler on iTunes. Now, in celebration of March Metal Month, the label has released a 20 track sampler for free download on Amazon.com! (May be only available to visitors in the U.S.)

1. The 69 Eyes "Dead Girls Are Easy" (3:53)
2. Dir En Grey "Dozing Green (Live)" (3:57)
3. Creature With the Atom Brain "Transylvania" (5:59)
4. Autumn "Liar Emilie" (6:01)
5. Cable "Running Out Of Roads To Ride" (4:55)
6. Goes Cube "Grinding The Knife Blade" (3:15)
7. Early Man "Someone Else's Nightmare" (3:52)
8. Shining "Fisheye" (5:07)
9. Karl Sanders "Rapture Of The Empty Spaces" (4:23)
10. Novembers Doom "A Eulogy For The Living Lost" (6:30)
11. Suicide City "The Best Way" (4:11)
12. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter "Der Weg (Live)" (3:56)
13. Sigh "L'art De Mourir" (4:55)
14. Borknagar "Havoc" (6:41)
15. Laethora "A.S.K.E." (3:39)
16. Hull "Architect" (6:54)
17. These Are They "The Indweller" (6:38)
18. Vreid "Milorg" (6:21)
19. Sarke "Old" (2:06)
20. Red Planet;Nattefrost "Sin Goddammit" Fenriz' (4:10)

You can download the free compilation here.

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Sigh Confirmed For Hellfest

Japanese metallers Sigh have been confirmed to perform at the Hellfest, which takes place from June 18th - June 20th, 2010 in Clisson, France. More information about the festival can be found at this location. Sigh's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/20 2010 Missions Tokyo
4/10 2010 Black Curse Over Hellsinki Helsinki
6/18 2010 Hellfest 2010 Clisson
8/12 2010 Brutal Assaul XV 2010

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Sigh To Play First Finnish Tour Date

Japanese metallers Sigh have announced they will play their first live show in Finland at the Black Curse Over Helsinki show on April 10th, 2010. Sigh's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

3/20 2010 Missions Tokyo
4/10 2010 Black Curse Over Hellsinki Helsinki
8/12 2010 Brutal Assaul XV 2010

Samples of Sigh's music can also be found at their MySpace page.

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Sigh Issues Year End Recap

Japanese metallers Sigh have issued the following year end recap:

"2009 was a good year for us. We spent most of the time on the new album 'Scenes from Hell' and I guess it's worth it. The appearance at MDF in May was a great experience for sure. 2010 is going to be even more killer. 'Scenes from Hell' will be finally unleashed on Jan. 19th via The End Records. Also 'Infidel Art' triple-gatefold LP and 'Ghastly Funeral Theatre' LP will be out any time soon via The Crypt.

"Later 2010, 'Scorn Defeat' quadruple (!) LP and 'Hail Horror Hail' LP will be released also via The Crypt, and hopefully a few more re-release news can be given out soon. Our first show in Japan in 2 years will be held on March 20th with Genocide, Abigail and Eternal Elysium. The appearance for Brutal Assault in Czech republic in August is already announced, and I believe we can announce a few more European dates soon. May 2010 be the great year for both you and us."

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The End Records Sampler On iTunes For 99 Cents

The End Records is thrilled to offer AMALGAMATE, a seventeen track sampler on iTunes for only $0.99. Featuring an exclusive track from Dir En Grey, plus unreleased songs from upcoming albums by Creature With the Atom Brain, Sigh and Early Man, AMALGAMATE showcases The End's heavier artists conveniently on one album. See the link and track listing below.

Kicking things off in 2010 will be Sigh with their classically infused orchestral metal on "Scenes From Hell," and the video game inspired electro indie rock from Super 8-bit Brothers on "Brawl," both out January 19th. The highly anticipated album from Creature With the Atom Brain entitled "Transylvania" will be released on February 2nd, which combines 60s inspired rock with dark and hypnotic psychedelic grooves. Norway’s Shining will also release their hard hitting hybrid of jazz and metal entitled "Blackjazz" on February 2nd. Laethora, which features Niklas Sundin of Dark Tranquillity, are set to release "The Light In Which We All Burn" on April 27th and consists of thirteen epic tracks of violent and powerful death/grind metal performed with intense passion and ferocity. More albums will be announced shortly.

Here is the "Amalgamate" track listing:

1. Dead Girls Are Easy – The 69 Eyes
2. Dozing Green (Live) – Dir En Grey
3. Transylvania – Creature With the Atom Brain
4. Liar – Emilie Autumn
5. Running Out of Roads to Ride – Cable
6. Grinding the Knife Blade – Goes Cube
7. Someone Else’s Nightmare – Early Man
8. Rapture of the Empty Spaces – Karl Sanders
9. A Eulogy for the Living Lost – November’s Doom
10. The Best Way – Suicide City
11. Der Weg (Live) – Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
12. L’art de Mourir – Sigh
13. Architect – Hull
14. The Indweller – These Are They
15. Milorg – Vreid
16. Old – Sarke
17. Sin Goddammit – Fenriz Red Planet & Nattefrost

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Sigh Vocalist Appears In Heavy Metal Cookbook

Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.

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Sigh Streaming New Song "L'art De Mourir"

Sigh has posted a new song online titled "L'art de Mourir," which is off their upcoming album "Scenes From Hell." The track can be streamed at the band's MySpace page. "Scenes from Hell" was mastered by James Murphy, who also mastered "Hangman's Hymn" and re-issues of "Gallows Gallery" and "Imaginary Sonicscpe."

The track listing will be as follows:

1. Prelude to the Oracle
2. L'art de Mourir
3. The Soul Grave
4. The Red Funeral
5. The Summer Funeral
6. Musica in Tempora Belli
7. Vanitas
8. Scenes from Hell

"Scenes from Hell" will be released on January 19th 2010 via The End Records.

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The Red Chord Posts Live Video Clip Online

The Red Chord has posted a new video online for the instrumental track "It Came From Over There," which was performed at the Maryland Deathfest. Sigh keyboaridst Mirai Kawashima also makes an appearance on the video, which can be viewed below. More...

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Sigh Seeking Fans For Music Video Shoot

Sigh has issued the following update about shooting a new music video:

"What started off as a simple rights and clearances query has led to a creative partnership between Japanese black-metal heroes Sigh, and Canadian director David Hall. ‘I wrote the band to ask for permission to film them at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, and to film them checking out the sights of Baltimore,’ Hall explained, describing how the partnership came about, ‘Dr. Mikanibal (vocals and saxophone in Sigh) asked me if I could film them playing their instruments outside, and they would find someone else to edit it, so I asked ‘why don’t you just let me make you a video?’ A long time fan of the band, Hall is ecstatic to be directing the video for ‘Prelude to the Oracle,’ a track off the forthcoming ‘Scene’s from Hell,’ due out in the near future on The End Records.

"Hall will be in Baltimore to film ‘Maryland Deathfest the Movie,’ a feature about the 7th annual Maryland Deathfest music festival, but will make time to direct the video he and the band developed the concept for. ‘We’re going to be shooting in this amazing park called ‘Druid Hill Park,’’ Hall said from his London home, ‘and we’re going to shoot at parties, on the street and in our hotel rooms. The concept and story are a secret, but there will be blood, that much I can say. And we need extras!!!

"If you want to be in a cool Sigh video, email me at dhall@handshakeinc.com and we’ll talk.’ Hall has directed the feature films – ‘Axis of Eden the Feature Film,’ based on the album of the same name by Supernova Records’ Today is the Day, and ‘Disgorge, Mexico the Movie,’ for Quebec’s Fuck the Facts, which will be out later this year on Relapse Records. Maryland Deathfest The Movie will be Hall’s third production, and the second production of his newly formed company ‘Handshake Inc.’

"For more information contact David Hall – 519 859 1136 – dhall@handshakeinc.com"

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Sigh's Miarai Kawashima Posts New Studio Blog

SIGH mainman Mirai Kawashima has been posting a series of blogs from the studio exclusively on MetalSucks. The band is currently recording their new album, "Scenes from Hell," for The End Records, and Mirai has just posted his fourth blog entry in which he talks about female singer Dr. Mikannibal's bizarre dietary habits and recording practices, including a nude photo of the latter. An excerpt follows:

"OK, this time I’d like to talk a little bit about Dr. Mikannibal’s favorite foods first. As we reported before, her preference of foods is slightly different from others. Just take a look at the above photo of the noodles with those giant worms. She eats anything from gross bugs to bull’s penis. She even keeps hundreds of cockroaches to eat! Well, at first she was keeping them as a bait for her pet Gecko, but now they’re her important protein suppliers. According to her, “Roaches taste just like a shrimp.” Don’t get me wrong, this ain’t a Japanese culture or anything, it’s just her!

"People may think these are nothing but a shock tactics, but I assure you they’re not. She sings in nude and she eats those gross things. However, I am not sure about the last rule, 'Don’t masturbate during the recording'.”

You can view the nude photo, her food, and the rest of the blog entry here.

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More On Sigh Female Vocalist Recording In The Nude

SIGH's Mirai Kawashima recently penned the first of several exclusive studio blogs for MetalSucks. The band is currently in the studio recording their 8th studio album "Scenes From Hell" which will see a release by The End Records later in 2009. In this blog entry, Kawashima talks about female vocalist Dr. Mikannibal's bizarre vocal recording habits, among them getting naked and drinking cow's blood. An excerpt follows:

"At the moment, we are recording the vocal parts. This time, a half of them are taken care of Dr. Mikannibal.

"To get the best result, she sets several strict strange rules on her during the recording.

"The first rule is: Get naked when you record the vocals.

"As you can see in the above photo, she always takes off her clothes in the studio during the vocal recording sessions. Definitely this perplexes the recording engineer and other band members, but she claims that this is extremely important to her.

"It was one hot day that I took my clothes off during the recording session for the first time. I've stopped doing vocal recordings with my clothes on since then, as the first naked recording worked out really well for me."

"She claims that being naked is extremely important to her because "I don't wanna sweat. Also, my lungs and throat need to be wide open, and I feel more energy."

"The second rule is: Drink cow's blood during the recording.

"She eats anything. Here are a few examples of 'food' she has tried: Cockroach, moth chrysalis, bee larva, bull balls, and pig penis. No, this is not a typical shocking story made up for a band image, but she eats these things for real. And during the recording, cow's blood is something she can't miss."

Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.

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Sigh Vocalist Dr. Mikannibal Records Vocals Naked

SIGH's Mirai Kawashima recently penned the first of several exclusive studio blogs for MetalSucks. The band is currently in the studio recording their 8th studio album "Scenes From Hell" which will see a release by The End Records later in 2009. In the inaugural studio blog entry, Kawashima talks about the title of the new album, reveals that a full orchestra will be on the recording, and sheds light on female vocalist Dr. Mikannibal's penchant for recording her vocal tracks while naked. An excerpt follows:

"The biggest difference between this album and the previous ones is that we’re using the real orchestral instruments such as a string quartet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, flute, oboe, clarinet and so on. The score is very huge - the one for strings exceeds 100 pages! Definitely the orchestration sounds extremely vivid and powerful this time, and I can safely assure that this will be by far the most grandoise album by Sigh!

"Also this is going to be the first original album that features Dr. Mikannibal. She’s playing the alto, tenor and batirone saxophones along with taking care of some of the vocals.

"The next report will be about her vocal recordings. She always gets naked when she records the vocals claiming that she feels much more energy like that…"

Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.

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The End To Reissue Sigh's "Imaginary Sonicscape"

Since their inception in 1990, Japanese metal act SIGH has continued to push boundaries with each and every release. Often labeled as a black metal band, SIGH’s music has been and continues to be inspired by varied styles besides Black Metal including '80s thrash, classical, jazz, '60s/'70s rock and more.

January 20th, 2009 brings the reissuing through THE END RECORDS of "Imaginary Sonicscape," originally on Century Media (2001). Included on the album, remastered by James Murphy, will be bonus tracks, extended versions of songs and a previously unreleased track.

"Imaginary Sonicscape" features a liberal serving of vintage keyboards such as Minimoog, Hohner Clavinet, Fender Rhodes and so on, and was planned, explains bandleader Mirai Kawashima, as "something you should smoke to. The music does not belong to any country or any era. It's a 100% imaginary world and this is the most psychedelic and exotic album Sigh to date."

"For the original release in 2001," Mirai continues, "we removed 'Voices' and cut 'Bring Back the Dead' short, but this time around we've decided to return to the original plan by adding these and 'Born Condemned Criminal,' which was only on the Japanese release originally, so now Imaginary Soniscape has become a nearly-80-minute trip to hell!"

The cover artwork was done by Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), Southern Lord Records) and the lyrics to 'Nietzschean Conspiracy' were written by Bård Eithun (Blood Tsunami, ex-Emperor).

Here is the tracklisting for Sigh's reissued "Imaginary Sonicscape": More...

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