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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… read more

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  • Avatar for Driotheri
    Maybe it's partially because Sigh's modern work lost me at Insomniphobia (save a a track from that album and Graveward), but I felt compelled to re-check their earlier works. Requiem for Fools EP is really fucking solid. Shinichi's tone is raw and brutal. Mirai sounds more vicious than he would in later years (where he sounded more manic). Satoshi perfectly brought a sense of urgency and despair in his drum work. All the songs have an almost doom metal take to black metal. Although it would be a stretch to say this was their greatest work, it definitely ranks higher than Ghastly Funeral Theater by a large margin.
  • Avatar for neeyick
    fantastic band. keeps the black metal genre fresh and the listener guessing what theyll pull off next.
  • Avatar for NikoSukunimi
    black metal saxophone never gets old [2]
  • Avatar for Takkeri
    <rant>Well this is interesting. It took me years to get into Sigh, cause i always started from the beginning or the end of In Somniphobia and thought the tracks have awesome elements, my problem was the very annoying elements. Gallows Gallery didn't do much of anything, even though it sounded ok with lousy sounds. A month I noticed Graveward and it was, if not love, then friendship at first sight. Awesome release. In Somniphobia is a lovely release now too, the first and last track do have annoying melodies but they don't bother me that much anymore (I still skip both though). Also i've gotten into their bedroomish sounds. The mixing is strong with such an array of instruments shining through, but the metal elements could have a lot more power. Also Japanese English pronunciation sounds like Finnish English pronunciation which took some time to get used to. </rant> Bottom line is, man Sigh is awesome.
  • Avatar for the49
    Today I had my first experience with Sigh listening to Scenes from Hell, and I can't remember the last time I had so much FUN going through an album.
  • Avatar for Toma400
    Graveward = One of the best releases this year. [2]
  • Avatar for Abroxas
    Agreed
  • Avatar for Herr_Liddell
    Graveward = One of the best releases this year.
  • Avatar for BeingofEvil
    black metal saxophone never gets old
  • Avatar for ASSMan316
    New Sigh Rulz mmmkay.

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