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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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  • Gurgenium

    This is my favorite Japanese band now.

    18 Apr 9:44pm Reply
  • Nervensis

    The last release they wore 'corpsepaint' for was Ghastly Funeral Theatre, the main voted pictures are Scorn Defeat era...most recent pictures don't even show the full band anymore (usually only Mirai and Dr. Mikannibal).

    16 Apr 6:04pm Reply

    do they even wear facepaint anymore? for all I know these images area old as fuck and especially the main pic needs to be replaced ASAP

    15 Apr 9:12pm Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    imaginary sonicscape is my favorite but there's fantastic stuff on every album[2] i remember discovering this, makes me want to listen to more metal

    7 Apr 5:50am Reply
  • Henrii_Rose

    1st Press of "Scorn Defeat" For Sale!

    2 Apr 7:21pm Reply
  • BtBaM27

    imaginary sonicscape is my favorite but there's fantastic stuff on every album

    28 Mar 5:17am Reply
  • vividserenity

    Don't let the foolish facepaint scare you away! Blown away by just listening to Imaginary Sonicscape. Highly recommend and will be giving the full discography a listen in due time.

    21 Mar 2:12pm Reply
  • BonkiBits

    would definitely see 'em live!

    12 Mar 1:44am Reply
  • versionfiv

    i wish i had gone to see them when they toured a few years ago, i wanted to but at that time didnt want to go to shows alone.

    1 Mar 12:21am Reply
  • thefinalnight

    This band is fan-fucking-tastic.

    21 Feb 12:47am Reply
  • Alexandros888

    last album sounds a lot like Dream Theater

    31 Jan 3:12am Reply
  • HeavyPunkXD

    interesante sonido :)

    29 Jan 3:59pm Reply
  • Nervensis

    Based on the fact they apparently aren't starting recording until Spring, I think you can expect Autumn at the earliest.

    24 Jan 4:51pm Reply
  • filmbuffer

    So new album when?

    22 Jan 2:48am Reply
  • versionfiv

    yeah it is. i haven't listened to this in so long, it's almost like listening to it for the first time. Japanese metal bands are some of the best, their style of playing is just so awesome... I can't explain it because I don't know much of anything about music theory.

    19 Jan 7:57pm Reply
  • FuzzyxPickles

    imaginary sonicscape is so awesome

    14 Jan 4:05pm Reply
  • BlackfuckinFlag

    "You Oshima from Kadenzza To Play Guitars on Sigh's new album "Graveward".". That's awesome!

    6 Jan 9:57am Reply
  • Chteater

    All their album are really awesome , they have all their own style but i love them all my personal favorite is Imaginary Soniscape close to In Somniphobia which is for whe one of the best release of the decade .

    1 Jan 11:13pm Reply
  • Endergarde

    Sigh fan here, loved this band since 1998 when I first heard Hail Horror Hail. I loved old-school Sigh and I personally think Scenario IV: Dread Dreams is their best album.

    26 Dec 2013 Reply
  • malhateg

    Sheer insanity expressed in music. I can't even begin to describe how much I love them

    17 Dec 2013 Reply
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