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Release date: 12 March 2012
Style: Avantgarde black metal


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01. Purgatorium
02. The Transfiguration Fear
03. Opening Theme: Lucid Nightmare
04. Somniphobia
05. L'Excommunication À Minuit
06. Amnesia
07. Far Beneath The In-Between
08. Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils
09. Ending Theme: Continuum
10. Fall To The Thrall
11. Equale
    1 - Prelude
    2 - Fugato
    3 - Coda

Lyrics (9)

Mirai Kawashima - vocals, piano, minimoog, prophet-5, clavinet D-6, organ, monotron, roland RE-201, vocoder, ring modulator, recorder, throat singing, sitar, tabla, tampura, shorwave radio, jaw harp, glockenspiel, etc.
Dr. Mikannibal - vocals, alto saxophone
Satoshi Fujinami - bass
Shinichi Ishikawa - electric and acoustic guitar
Junichi Harashima - drums

Guest musicians
Metatron - vocals, narration on 3 and 8
Barney Kamalani "Kam" Lee - vocals
Barmanu - sarangi
Adam Matlock - clarinet on 6 and 11, accordion on 8
Jonathan Fisher - trumpet on 8 and 11

Additional info
Music by Mirai Kawashima
Lyrics by Mirai Kawashima except "Far Beneath the In-Between" by Kam Lee and "Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils" by Metatron

"In Somniphobia" was recorded at Studio Moopies and Electric Space Studio in 2010/2011
Engineered by T. Osada
Produced by Sigh
Mastered by Tim Turan (Turan Audio)

Staff review by

Sigh have come a long, long way since their signing to the Deathlike Silence label nearly 20 years ago. They may have contracted the avant-garde virus nearer the early stages of their career but with each release it has propagated and what was once a host body is now a fully mutated organism and the black metal elements that once made up its meat is now little more than a few straggly veins. I'm not complaining though.

published 16.03.2012 | Comments (16)

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Chris Steele - 01.03.2012 at 22:58  
Rating: 8 This album is one of the weirdest things i have ever heard.. 70's psychedelic rock music with melodic black? Somehow I find myself like it pretty much, but I don't really like the vocals.. But damn, the music is interesting
strade - 02.03.2012 at 01:16  
  Wow... I've never heard anything like this.
Kenos - 02.03.2012 at 01:16  
Written by Chris Steele on 01.03.2012 at 22:58

but I don't really like the vocals.. But damn, the music is interesting

Yeah they sound out of place, maybe a bit "goofy". The rest is good stuff, it deserves further and careful listens.
pisymbol - 10.03.2012 at 06:43  
  Mind boggling awesome.
Crucifux - 12.03.2012 at 02:41  
  It's not as good as their past 2 albums were, but it's still excellent material as always. It sounds kind of like a mash-up of Imaginary Sonicscape and Gallows Gallery.
Behdad K - 17.03.2012 at 09:17  
Rating: 8 That was a... weird... album.
I don't know what the fuck was that, but that was good.
Some electronic elements is Black Metal... wow!
The Galactican - 17.03.2012 at 19:55  
Rating: 9 God bless the Japanese. I give this a weird and enthusiastic thumbs up.
Unhealer - 18.03.2012 at 15:04  
Rating: 9 Ok, that was lovely. First listen and I can already say it's majestic.
Asunder - 18.03.2012 at 23:29  
Rating: 9 Awesome shit
Draugen - 26.03.2012 at 15:04  
Rating: 9 Damn!

This album was one hell of a crazy ride. Often times you are just bombarded by all kinds of instruments and sounds and the great thing about it is that in some weird way it still manages to feel cohesive. The transitions are done in a nice way with most of the songs slowly building up as they get progressively more wicked.

While listening to In Somniphobia I wasn't afraid of falling asleep, on the contrary, I was under the impression that I experienced a feverish dream. And I loved every second of it.
Iron Nostarion - 29.03.2012 at 23:18  
Rating: 9 I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Great work by Sigh; great avantgarde work, nice and catchy tunes and some kind of twisted brutality to it.

Loving this.
Jerm666 - 01.04.2012 at 10:50  
Rating: 10 Wow, I listened to this album not knowing anything about this band but I heard some of their music before and I didnt like it.. This album hits everything, multiple genres, vocals, speeds, atmospheres. Great album! I actually listened to it on repeat the first time I heard it! Many instruments going on you dont whats coming up next! I'm a big fan of Japanese music and the only "extreme" band I listened to was Dir En grey (and a dozen other Japanese bands I wont mention on a metal site.) This album is great! Come on, a Japanese that even covers Jazz music while still jammin some black metal.... What more could u ask for...!! It's awesome! 10/10
I think this will always be a great album that your average "metalhead" overpassed... Trust me.. Its fun! -cheers
Nightfall - 16.04.2012 at 03:00  
Rating: 9 Their most bizarre work to date, and I absolutely love it.
PowerThrash - 17.04.2012 at 06:55  
Rating: 10 This album has three 1 votes. What a load of shit...
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.04.2012 at 07:02  
Rating: 8
Written by PowerThrash on 17.04.2012 at 06:55

This album has three 1 votes. What a load of shit...

One of which is clear vote abuse:
Troy Killjoy - 17.04.2012 at 07:54  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.04.2012 at 07:02
One of which is clear vote abuse:

!J.O.O.E.! - 17.04.2012 at 07:56  
Rating: 8
Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 07:54


Pow, right in the kisser.
Mr. Doctor - 17.04.2012 at 14:55  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 17.04.2012 at 07:56

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 07:54


Pow, right in the kisser.

I'll kill all the fat guys now.
esw1026 - 20.05.2012 at 05:04  
Rating: 6 Although all the positive comments..... I failed to get into this album....
Troy Killjoy - 20.05.2012 at 08:19  
Written by esw1026 on 20.05.2012 at 05:04
I failed to get into this album....

Same. I've always thought of Sigh as being way too messy for my tastes. :/
esw1026 - 20.05.2012 at 09:40  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.05.2012 at 08:19

Written by esw1026 on 20.05.2012 at 05:04
I failed to get into this album....

Same. I've always thought of Sigh as being way too messy for my tastes. :/

Yah...... this album is not bad though.... It just doesn't fit my tastes too.
Fat & Sassy! - 30.08.2012 at 22:19  
Rating: 9 As of now, "Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils" is in tough competition with "Slaughtergarden Suite" for being my favorite Sigh song. What a stunning progression of sounds... o_o
NocturnalStalker - 13.12.2012 at 17:20  
Rating: 9 A brilliant album. One of my favourites this year. Sigh's music sounds as inspired as ever.
BloodJuNkie - 15.08.2013 at 18:55  
Rating: 2 Pure shit! ... 2 songs are average, the rest are shit!

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