Sigh are a band from Japan that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very symphonic, experimental and avant garde from of black metal and this is a review of their 2015 album "Graveward" which will be released in May by Candlelight Records.
A melodic guitar lead which also dominates throughout the album and symphonic sounds start off the album along with the guitars using a lot of old school metal riffs and after awhile high pitched black metal screams and deep growls are added onto the recording and you can also hear a decent amount of clean singing vocals in certain sections of the recording.
At times the music can be very avant garde and experimental and the songs also mix in a lot of traditional Japanese music elements in with the heavier parts and there is also a good mixture of both male and female choir vocals present throughout the recording and at times both the solos and synths bring in a heavy influence of 70's psychedelic and progressive rock and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
As the album progresses Japanese folk instruments can be heard at times and some of the later tracks also bring in spoken word parts along with an influence of noise music being brought in at times and the heavy parts also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with a decent amount of blast beats and thrash influences while the saxophones enhances the avant garde side of the bands musical style and they also bring in a couple of tracks that are very long and epic in length.
Sigh creates another album that is still very heavily rooted in black metal but just like with previous efforts the music also remains avant, garde, symphonic and original sounding while the band has gotten back a lot of their heaviness over the years, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover horror movie themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Sigh and if you are a fan of this band, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Graveward" "The Molesters Of My Soul" "The Casket Burner" and "Dwellers In Dream". 8 out of 10.