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Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."
Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...
SIGH, who will embark on their first-ever North American headlining tour this September, has posted an update on their tour dates and what fans can expect from their live performance.
Frontman MIRAI KAWASHIMA says, "We've played several times in the U.S. before, but this is our first full U.S. tour and we're really looking forward to it! This is going to be a great opportunity for our fans to see a full SIGH set. As you know, we're are going out on the road with two great bands: ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. I'm a fan of both bands and excited to share the stage with them. Be sure to check out all the tour dates online as there have been a few changes and additions. We hope to see all the SIGH fans out on tour as this has been a long time coming. We're going to play the songs off Hangman's Hymn and there will be lots of older songs in our set list -- and of course some Venom covers! Come see us or you will regret it forever!"
In other news, SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)
Here is the "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:
The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The tour dates are as follows: More...
Montreal's UNEXPECT, who just played at the inaugural HEAVY MTL festival held at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, has posted an update on how the show went, European tour dates and work on a new album.
"Thanks to everyone who gave us one of the most adrenaline-giving-overstimulating moment of our life at the Heavy MTL Fest in Montreal last Saturday! The whole day has been a major success and the 22,500 people present should be given an award for surviving such a punishment by Mr. Sun. North America now has its own powerful metal fest that should be an annual event from now on!
"...coming next is our headlining festival in St.Paul on June 28th! Flight of the Valkyries will be a real summer treat.
"We finally have some confirmed dates for our European tour in late 2008 with Sebkha-Chott! Some of those shows include a performance at Germany's Freak Parade with labelmates Sleepytime Gorilla Museum and legendary band Magma...and a prog festival in Algeria with Pain of Salvation. The rest of the schedule is under confirmation process and should be revealed over the next weeks.
"Composition for the new album is going pretty well and should satisfy all of you alien souls and kindred spirits of the unusual...Ok...now let's go for a stamp snack..."
Here are the latest UNEXPECT tour dates: More...
SIGH's upcoming six-song tribute to legendaryblack metal band VENOM, titled "Sigh's Tribute to Venom," will featurethe bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and ShaneEmbury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT)
In an update from the band, singer MIRAI KAWASHIMA says: "We're excited to have these two guest musicians and friends of SIGH to take part in our tribute to VENOM. Their work has helped make the tracks stand out even more. Dan plays bass on "Countess Bathory," while Shane is on "Witching Hour." It sounds awesome!"
Here is "Sigh's Tribute to Venom" tracklisting:
The recording line-up is as follows:
Mirai Kawashima: Bass, Organ, Backing Vocals
Satoshi Fujinami: Drums, Guitar
Shinichi Ishikawa: Guitar
Junichi Harashima: Drums
Dr. Mikannibal: Vocals
In other news, the band is preparing for their 8th full-length album that will be entitled "Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas." Sigh will work with a real string quartet and some brass players on this effort.
The new album is scheduled for release this fall on THE END RECORDS to coincide with SIGH's headlining tour
of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.
Here are the latest Sigh tour dates: More...
ZIMMERS HOLE - featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD members Byron Stroud (bass), Jed Simon (guitars) and Gene Hoglan (drums) - are gearing up for the release of their new album When You Were Shouting At The Devil...We Were In League With Satan. The following European release dates have now been confirmed:
14 - Germany, Austria, Switzerland, BeNeLux, Italy
17 - UK, France, Norway, rest of Europe
18 - Spain, Portugal
19 - Sweden, Finland, Hungary
The album will be issued via Century Media Records in North America on March 11th. More...
More dates have been released for the tour later this year featuring SIGH, ZIMMERS HOLE, and UNEXPECT:
September 6 - San Marcos, CA @ Jumping Turtle
September 7 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 8 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
September 9 - Tempe, CA @ The Clubhouse
September 10 - Albuquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
September 11 - Ft Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 12 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
September 13 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
September 14 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse
September 15 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
September 17 - Montreal, QC @ FouFounes
September 18 - Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Centre
September 19 - Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
September 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
September 21 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room
September 22 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour later this year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first dates to be released include:
September 11 - Fort Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theater
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
It appears that Japan’s SIGH will embark on a North American tour late next year with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT. The first date to be released is as follows:
September 16 - New York, NY @ B.B. King Blues Club
The End Records have announced plans to reissue SIGH’s 2005 album Gallows Gallery on November 27th, 2007.
The reissue, remastered by James Murphy, also features revamped artwork and several bonus tracks. The band recently released their album Hangman’s Hymn in June of this year to rave reviews.
About the reissue, singer/founder/frontman Mirai Kawashima says: “In the beginning, Gallows Gallery was planned to be pretty much a jazzy album. You’ll hear the discarded pieces along with some alternate versions never heard before in the bonus tracks. Remastered by the mighty James Murphy, finally Gallows Gallery will be released in the form of what it should have been!”
The tracklisting for the reissue of Gallows Gallery is:
1. “Pale Monument”
2. “In A Drowse”
3. “The Enlightment Day”
4. “Confession To Be Buried”
5. “The Tranquilizer Song”
6. “Midnight Sun”
7. “Silver Universe”
8. “Gavotte Grim”
11. “The Tranquilizer Song” (David Harrow Mix)
12. “Pale Monument” (Harsh Vocal Version)
13. “In A Drowse” (Demo 2003)
14. “Messiahplan” (Gunface Alternate Guitar Solo Take)
15. “The Tranquilizer Song” (David Harrow Remix Outtake)
16. “Jazzy Outtake 1”
17. “Jazzy Outtake 2”
In other SIGH news, the band’s song “Inked in Blood” from Hangman’s Hymn is featured on the free compilation from SonicFrontiers.net.
To find out more on the compilation, go here.
MTV.com reports: Mirai Kawashima, the frontman for Japanese experimental black-metal band SIGH, is pissed. He’s not mad that the band’s U.S. dates with MAYHEM were canceled when MAYHEM drummer Hellhammer broke his hand, or that SIGH’s U.S. headlining shows were nixed because they were improperly booked. And he’s not even upset that SIGH’s seventh studio album, Hangman’s Hymn — one of the most innovative, unusual and brilliantly assembled extreme-metal discs this year — will be dwarfed in sales by some upcoming release by the next metalcore flavor of the month. No, Kawashima’s rage has more to do with his generalized disgust for the values and beliefs of modern man.
“I hate 99 percent of the people on this earth,” he said in a soft voice. “I hate weak people who have to cling to fairy tales like religion, and I hate greedy people that have nothing more than making money in their head. I just want all of them to die.”
Well, that accounts for the rage on Hangman’s Hymn, but not the artistry. Since their first album, 1993’s Scorn Defeat, SIGH have incorporated jazz twists, psychedelic interludes and orchestral flourishes into their songs. Hangman’s Hymn, which was largely influenced by Wagner, Weber and Mozart, is less jarring, but it’s even more creative. The tempos of songs like “Inked in Blood” and “Death With Dishonor” are still fast enough to trip up a NASCAR champion, but the way they’re constructed — by incorporating violins, cellos, horns, bells, keyboard and choirs — is more akin to classical opera than high-rise demolition.
“Good opera is so emotional and powerful,” Kawashima said. “And that’s what I was inspired by. A lot of black-metal bands use keyboards and strings for embellishments. But the keyboard parts and orchestration on Hangman’s Hymn are not embellishments. They are as important to the songs as the guitars, bass and drums. So even though it’s very metal, you can say it’s pretty much classical music as well.”
Like many operas, Hangman’s Hymn is divided into three acts. There’s no distinct story line, but each act represents a different set of ideas as presented through symbolic references to heaven, hell, earth and death.
“Act one and two is about the greed of humanity on this planet,” Kawashima said. “And act three is about destruction and images of burning like an inferno. Then, at the end of act three, there’s an image of heaven in the song ‘In Paradisum‘ and lots of Latin chanting to create the image of the funeral. I didn’t want to have a plot because it’s more powerful to create strong images.”
As multifaceted as Hangman’s Hymn is, Kawashima said it was the easiest SIGH album to write so far. On past releases, he has painstakingly written, arranged, recorded, re-written, re-recorded and rearranged for months on end. This time, however, the songs practically created themselves and there was no shortage of ideas. Three months after he started writing, he was done.
“I was just driven over a very short amount of time and I came up with many ideas in that time,” he said. “I think it happened so fast because I had such a clear vision of the concept from the very beginning.”
Kawashima, who works on video game and TV music when he’s not writing for SIGH, created 70 percent of the music for Hangman’s Hymn before inviting his bandmates Shinichi Ishikawa (guitar), Satoshi Fujinami (bass) and Junichi Harashima (drums) to add their input. After that, the entire album was recorded quickly, scheduled for release and came out June 12.
As talented and prolific as Kawashima is, he is unable to support himself strictly with his music. So, in the morning, he heads downtown to work at a Japanese telecommunications company, then works on his sinister songs at night.
“I actually think it’s good to have a day job because I don’t have to live on music, and that lets me do anything I want musically,” he concluded. “Of course, it would be great if I could live just on my music, doing something I like, but it’s very hard. If you live in Japan, it’s not easy to tour the U.S. or Europe. So having a day job and a band is the best thing.”
For the first time in six years, and quite possibly the very last, MAYHEM will "Deconsecrate the States"! July 2007 is sure to be the hottest on record as the ferocious fires of hell blaze across the U.S. under the cloven-hooves of Norway's MAYHEM. The premiere, the true, the feared, the world's most powerful black metal band will appear in select cities nationwide.
MAYHEM "Deconsecrate the States" tour dates:
July 16 - DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
July 17 - Galaxy Club - Santa Ana, CA
July 18 - Key Club - Los Angeles, CA
July 20 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
July 22 - Joe's - Chicago, IL
July 23 - BB Kings - New York, NY
July 24 - Jaxx - Springfield, VA
July 25 - The Sterling Hotel - Allentown, PA
Check your local listings for support acts which will include NACHTMYSTIUM, SIGH, TODAY IS THE DAY, INTRONAUT, WITHERED, AMBER ASYLUM, LUDICRA, CREMATORIUM, NOVEMBER'S DOOM, MOUTH OF ARCHITECT, DEKAPITATOR.
Advanced tickets are available from EnterTheVault.com. More...
Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH has announced a few North American tour dates with Mespotamian masters MELECHESH.
SIGH is touring in support of its upcoming album, "Hangman’s Hymn", due on June 12 via The End Records. This is the first North American tour for MELECHESH, who released its critically acclaimed album "Emisarries" in January. Also on the touring bill is Atlanta's sludge/doom outfit ZOROASTER.
Confirmed dates so far:
Jul. 06 - Europa - Brooklyn, NY
Jul. 13 - Opera House - Toronto, CA
Jul. 14 - Sapphire Club - Montreal, QC More...
Japanese act SIGH have entered the studio today (August 24th) in Japan to commence work on their seventh album, titled Hangman’s Hymn, due out in 2007 via The End Records. The band will be working with engineer Takamichi Osada at Studio Moopies and will produce the album themselves. About the new album, Sigh frontman/leader Mirai Kawashima says, “It’ll definitely be by far the best album by us. The album is going to be the fastest, the most violent and the most symphonic ever recorded by Sigh!”
He describes the sound as, “thrash-metal-meets-German-symphonies! Fast, heavy, bombastic and majestic!’
The final tracklisting for Hangman's Hymn - Musikalische Exequien is as follows:
Act1 - 'Introitus/Kyrie', 'Inked in Blood', 'Me-Devil'.
Act2 - 'Dies Irae/The Master Malice', 'The Memories as a Sinner', 'Death with Dishonor', 'In Devil's Arms'.
Act3 - 'Overture/Rex Tremendae/I saw the World's End', 'Salvation in Flame/Confutatis', 'Finale: Hangman's Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende'.
ENFORSAKEN vocalist Steven Sagala has just finished tracking guest vocals for the cult Japanese band SIGH at Studio One in Racine, Wisconsin with producer Chris Djuricic (NOVEMBERS DOOM, ENFORSAKEN, SOIL, FLESHGRIND, etc.). Sagala will appear on three songs for SIGH's upcoming album, "Hangman's Hymn", due out later this year via The End Records.
As previously reported, ENFORSAKEN is disbanding after eight years of existence and will play its last concert in Chicago at the legendary Metro venue on Saturday, August 19 with DEAD TO FALL. More details and updates regarding ENFORSAKEN's final show can be found at www.myspace.com/Enforsaken.
Japanese metal band Sigh have released the tracklisting for their upcoming debut album for The End Records. Sigh's upcoming album is entitled "Hangman's Hym." The tracklisting is as follows:
2 Inked in Blood
4 Dies Irae/The Master Malice
5 The Memories as a Sinner
6 Death with Dishonor
7 In Devil's Arms
8 Overture/Rex Tremendae/I saw the World's End
9 Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
10 Finale: Hangman's Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende
U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL will release a mini-CD, entitled "In the name of God, Welcome to Planet Genocide", in July 2006 on Firestorm Records. Songtitles set to appear on the effort include "My Beautiful Genocide", "Baptized in the Warm Piss of Slaughtered Children", "The Man Who Killed for God", and two as-yet-undisclosed DISCHARGE covers. The release will once again feature Alan Davey (HAWKWIND) on bass and Mirai (SIGH) on keyboards.
Japanese metal act SIGH have signed a worldwide deal with The End Records. The band will release their seventh album, "Hangman's Hymn", sometime later this year.
The Japanese outfit has become one of the most respected and creative entities in the metal music scene thanks to the versatile and unique albums they have released, most notably 1997's black metal opus "Hail Horror Hail" and the psychedelic-tinged sounds of 2001's "Imaginary Sonicscape".
On the sound and direction of the new album, SIGH frontman/leader Mirai Kawashima said that "Hangman's Hymn" is "thrash metal meets German symphonies! Fast, heavy, bombastic and majestic!"