Sigh are a band from Japan that has albums reviewed by this zine and played an avant garde form of black metal on this release and this is a review of their 1995 album "Infidel Art" which will be re-issued in November by Cacophonous.
Heavy guitars start off the album along with some 80's metal style guitar leads and a few seconds later black metal screams become a part of the recording along with the riffs using a great amount of melody and the solos are also very melodic at times and when the music speeds up a decent amount of blast beats can be heard.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and the keyboards also gives the songs more of a symphonic and progressive feeling along with touches of classical and when clean vocals are utilized they give the music more of an operatic feeling and a great portion of t he tracks are very long and epic in length.
All of the songs also get very experimental and avant garde at times and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and the culture and music of Japan is also a very huge influence on the recording and on tracks brings in acoustic guitars and the bonus tracks are original versions of a couple of songs that appeared on the original version of the album..
Sigh played a style of black metal on this recording that was very original, experimental, avant g arde and symphonic for its era and also helped influence a lot of later bands with this album, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Shinto Mythology, Occultism, Suffering, Insanity and Death themes.
In my opinion this was a very great sounding recording from Sigh and if you are a fan of the avant garde and symphonic styles of black metal, you should check out this re-issue. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Izuna" "The Last Elegy" and "Beyond Creatures". 8 out of 10.