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Sigh

Japan's best-known black metal band Sigh has, over the years, also progressed into one of the genre's most experimental and simply unusual bands regardless of whereabouts. Led by bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Mirai Kawashima, the trio formed in 1989, at which point the lineup was rounded out by Satoshi Fujinami on guitar and Kazuki on drums. They took their original inspirations from the raw '80s thrash metal of bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost, and Kreator, meanwhile mixing in horror movie soundtrack atmospheres and keyboards/synthesizer arrangements (they were one of the first so-called black metal bands to heavily use keyboards). After a couple of demos, they recorded their first EP, Requiem for the Fools, in 1992 for the Wild Rags label, with Satoshi doubling on guitar and bass (Kazuki had left by this point). This effort drew the attention of infamous Mayhem guitarist/Norwegian black metal scene figurehead Euronymous, who signed them to his Deathlike Silence Productions imprint for their debut full-length. Entitled Scorn Defeat, this album came out in 1993 after Euronymous' death and was the first Sigh recording to include guitarist Shinichi Ishikawa, with Satoshi moving strictly to drums and percussion.

With their lineup finally solidified, the trio signed to England's Cacophonous Records, where they released their next three full-lengths: Infidel Art (1995), Hail Horror Hail (1997), and Scenario IV: Dread Dreams (1999); a mini-CD, Ghastly Funeral Theatre, also came out on Cacophonous in 1997. Over the course of these albums, Sigh steadily incorporated more diverse elements into their sound, including pianos, female choirs, classically inspired orchestrations (though not the bombastic, Wagner-ian sort favored by many European bands), non-horror movie soundtrack touches, and unexpected mood/style changes that reveal their acknowledged interest in composers John Zorn and Frank Zappa. (Hail Horror Hail even included a defiant warning, apparently meant for more traditionally minded metal listeners, stating that "every sound on [the] album is deliberate, and if you find that some parts of the album are strange, it isn't because the music in itself is strange, but because your conscious self is ill-equipped to comprehend the sounds produced on this recording.") After Scenario IV…, Sigh left the Cacophonous label for Century Media, which released the band's fifth full-length, Imaginary Sonicscape, in the summer of 2001. ~ William York, Rovi
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God bless a band that is original, brutal, clever, and risk taking
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If only they would incorporate some japanese folk influences.. . that would be sick. There is a surprising lack of Japanese folk metal out there. Also f**k Whispered.
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All of the strangest things in the world come from Japan....
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My all-time favorite band! Every album is so diverse and incredible, especially Imaginary Sonicscape!
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THIS IS NOT BLACK METAL! VENOM IS!
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This sucks!
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Recently found this band through a friend of a friend. Haven't looked back since. I hear something new every time I listen and I love it.
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hmmm. ok.

strange....t h e n again I dont really like so called "black metal" so.....what do I know.....
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nationstates u s e r
Love 'em.
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@Navnløs Mordzeit "s.O.s" Medwynama
i totally agree Sigh is the best bad to ever grace the earth. Period
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Some of the best black metal around.
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BLACK METAL FROM NIPPON!!!!!
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Sigh rule my world. Gallows Gallery blows my mind every time I hear it.
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There is absolutely no other band like Sigh in the world. Nothing sounds like them. THey are totally unique and I count them as one of the best bands in the world in ANY genre.
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I'm loving it. Need to get Hangman's Hymn Cd. =D The song Medevil really just makes me get butterflies in my stomache like no other song.
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WOW! I love it. Crazy s**t.

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