Sigh
Infidel Art


3.5
great

Review

by somberlain USER (64 Reviews)
February 15th, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sigh show a few growing pains on their way to becoming a more experimental/avant-garde band.

Mirai Kawashima – bass, keyboard, synthesizer, vocals
Shinichi Ishikawa – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Satoshi Fujinami – drums, percussion

In the early 90s, the rebirth or “second wave” of black metal that was going on in Norway slowly extended out to other countries with varying amounts of success. Euronymous of Mayhem, largely considered the godfather of black metal, founded his own record label on which to release the most evil black metal music. A Japanese band by the name of Sigh caught his ear and he quickly signed them to his label but after releasing their debut on Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions label, (after his death no less) Sigh found themselves without a home, signing shortly after to British label Cacophonous Records, an equally unreliable company with a limited budget and minimal distribution. Maybe had Euronymous still been alive and kept them on his label, Sigh may have taken more of a black metal direction but at Cacophonous they had a certain freedom to experiment and that they did with “Infidel Art.”

While Sigh were never truly a black metal band, “Infidel Art” shows the band starting to spread it’s wings into a more avant-garde direction. Still with a Venom-esque thrash sound, the use of synths and keyboards became more prominent and they also show great ambition with five of the six tracks being at least eight minutes long. While there is nothing wrong with a nine- or ten-minute song, some tracks seem to wander a bit aimlessly and are long just for the sake of being long but there are some outstanding moments to be found here.

Sigh’s debut “Scorn Defeat” showed potential but was very raw, “Infidel Art” shows a bit more maturity but at this time, Sigh were still taking small steps toward the band that they would eventually become. The production is a bit improved though the guitar seems to be out front and center in the mix along with the vocals with the bass and drums far in the background. Opening track “Izuna” starts things out with thrashy riffing and some synth orchestration that sound a bit awkward. The nearly ten-minute “The Zombie Terror” is an amazing track, one of the fastest tracks of the album with inspired guitar soloing and brilliant piano bits that give it a great change of pace from the speedy riffing. Mirai’s vocals are delivered in a high pitched rasp which is not a problem in itself, rather it’s his enunciation, his lyrics are nearly indecipherable whether it’s in his harsh or clean vocals. After the two opening tracks, the album slows down literally and figuratively with tracks like “Desolation” that simply doesn’t justify its eight minute running time. “Beyond Centuries” closes the album on a high note, slow paced in parts and a bit thrashy in others, with synth and piano accents and mostly clean vocals by Mirai.

An album like “Imaginary Sonicscape” most likely would’ve never been released on Deathlike Silence Productions knowing how narrow-minded the black metal scene is and the rigid confines of the genre. In a way, had Euronymous not been killed, we may have been robbed of one the most original, creative bands in metal and although “Infidel Art” may not be Sigh’s best album, it shows the potential that would be fulfilled in a few years and even at this stage, they showed that they weren’t your average metal band.

Recommended tracks:
The Zombie Terror
Izuna
Beyond Centuries



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Relinquished
February 15th 2010


25097 Comments


Wow, nice review man. I got to get into this band, I only heard the first and last two albums.

somberlain
February 15th 2010


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thx relinquished
you NEED to hear Imaginary Sonicscape, it's unbelievable

Wizard
February 15th 2010


19437 Comments


Good review man. Nice to see you filling up some albums without reviews.

Digging: Nightbringer - Ego Dominus Tuus

SteelErectedb4you8er
February 15th 2010


2616 Comments


Yeah, I started with Hangman's Hymn. I like it. Should I do Sonicscape next? Good review by the way.

somberlain
February 15th 2010


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's the idea Wiz
and I still haven't given Scenes From Hell enough time so Imaginary Sonicscape as my fav as of now

Yeah steel check it out next

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2010


31215 Comments


This ain't no old school hip hop!!

Digging: LV and Joshua Idehen - Islands

somberlain
February 15th 2010


2121 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sorry Dev, you weren't supposed to see this!

SteelErectedb4you8er
February 15th 2010


2616 Comments


Will do, brother!

TheSpirit
February 15th 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sighs older discography is so much better then their more recent work

Digging: Wreodan Heahl - Laecig

SteelErectedb4you8er
February 15th 2010


2616 Comments


Well, I dug Hangman's Hymn. It wasn't as crazy as some people have said, but I did like the combo of king diamond and symphonic black metal.

TheSpirit
February 15th 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wrong.



Wrong.

Wizard
February 16th 2010


19437 Comments


but I did like the combo of king diamond and symphonic black metal.



Best description I've ever read about that album. Nice.

And I seriously hear more dweedly-dee thrash than black metal in their newer albums. Sorry.

BallsToTheWall
February 16th 2010


44472 Comments


Blackened thrash more than anything.

Digging: Tove Lo - Queen of the Clouds

TRMshadow
February 16th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

"A Chick??? in a BLACK METAL BAND???" is most peoples reaction to these guys. In Actuality these guys melt copious amounts of face.

rasputin
February 16th 2010


14546 Comments



"A Chick??? in a BLACK METAL BAND???" is most peoples reaction to these guys.

no it isnt

mikannibal hasn't been with them for very long

TRMshadow
February 16th 2010


4982 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

oh, I must've got the names mixed up. IMO Mirai sounds a lot more feminine than Mikannibal so I assumed that she had been there for a while.

TheSpirit
February 16th 2010


17883 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

There are plenty of chicks in BM bands anyway soo...

rasputin
February 16th 2010


14546 Comments


IMO Mirai sounds a lot more feminine than Mikannibal so I assumed that she had been there for a while.

he doesn't sound feminine at all =S

Countess
February 16th 2010


818 Comments


well on Scenes from Hell, Mirai's vocals are nearly indistiguishable from Mikannibal's

rasputin
February 17th 2010


14546 Comments


yeah if you're a dummy



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