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Japan (1990 – present)

Sigh is regarded by many as Japan’s leading extreme metal export, having released numerous highly esteemed recordings throughout their twenty year existence. Although originally a black metal band, Sigh became recognizably eclectic, taking influence from Romantic era classical music, jazz, prog rock, dark electronica and more.

In May of 1990 three musicians attending the same college formed a band called Sigh. The lineup consisted of Mirai Kawashima on bass, vocals and keyboards, Satoshi Fujinami on guitar, and Kazuki Ozeki on percussion. The name Sigh felt appropriate, as a sigh can express a variety of emotions. Gathering influences from a variety of sources mainly rooted in 1980s thrash and first wave black metal, Sigh quickly shunned their earlier roots as a cover band and began to put together material for a demo to be released a month later. Desolation showed the band at its earliest, comprising of three songs that would be rerecorded later on.

Kazuki left Sigh after the completion of Desolation. His tastes differed slightly than Mirai and Satoshi, favoring bands like Blind Guardian and Paradise Lost over the rising trend of death metal. This affected his ability to play, and once he realized he could not provide the level of intensity the other members required, he willingly left the group. There were no hard feelings regarding his departure either way. To this day, Kazuki’s greatest contribution to Sigh is the band’s logo, which he drew.


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  • vividserenity

    Alpha, Alpha, Alpha, whose is the night in the shower of flies? Omega, omega, omega, to whom do you belong with your unreal face and pale, crown answers? I fell from heaven with future armies, coming soon to fields and towns near you.

    10 Dec 7:21pm Reply
  • Emtay13

    I'm sure it'll be worth the wait

    5 Dec 8:19am Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    Finally clicked :D

    2 Dec 9:56pm Reply
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    13 Nov 10:28am Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    They're damn ambitious, the end result shall be AWESOME

    13 Oct 5:33am Reply
  • versionfiv

    cool good to hear they aren't cutting corners.

    1 Oct 4:56pm Reply
  • malhateg

    Thanks. Too sad though :(

    17 Sep 4:58pm Reply
  • BlackfuckinFlag

    "We apologize that the recording of the new album "Graveward" has been taking much longer than expected and it will not be released in 2014 as we hoped. The arrangement for "Graveward" is the thickest and the most layered in our history. So many instruments are woven together so the mixing process will take some time, too, but we 100% assure you that this worth the wait. We will keep you informed on the progress."

    12 Sep 1:54pm Reply
  • malhateg

    So, any news or info about Graveward?

    12 Sep 8:18am Reply
  • DonDonald

    Avant-garde black metal mixed with video game music, YES PLEASE! Love this band.

    15 Aug 8:40pm Reply
  • ricz_dm

    greatest japanese band ever

    7 Aug 1:39pm Reply
  • yuri_s_a_n

    my introduction to the chaos called avant-garde black metal...

    29 Jun 6:42pm Reply
  • Abroxas

    The lyrics are completely printed in the album's booklet, including the japanese parts.

    14 Jun 12:12pm Reply
  • MasochisticFire

    does someone know where I can find full lyrics for Curse of Izanagi? With that japanese part

    4 Jun 8:47pm Reply
  • Emtay13

    New song is amazing, of course <3

    24 May 4:11am Reply
  • KFLester

    graveward... grave ward. going in the direction of a grave, or someone who protects a grave?? make u think.

    19 May 8:38pm Reply
  • promagnon

    Imaginary Sonicscape is a masterpiece.

    9 May 1:18am Reply
  • ninny9

    anyone who is studying japanese... i know intermediate japanese and like metal. please be my friend.

    8 May 6:56pm Reply
  • ColdRail

    they never disappoint! Can't wait for the new G album

    30 Apr 10:45am Reply
  • BlackfuckinFlag

    And it can be heard here for thsoe wondering: amazing song!

    28 Apr 6:12pm Reply
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