Sigh - Hangman's Hymn: Musikalische Exequien

8.5 | 164 votes |
Release date: 12 June 2007
Style: Black metal, Avantgarde metal


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Act 1
01. Introitus / Kyrie
02. Inked In Blood
03. Me-Devil

Act 2
04. Dies Irae / The Master Malice
05. The Memories As A Sinner
06. Death With Dishonor
07. In Devil's Arms

Act 3
08. Overture / Rex Tremendae / I Saw The World's End
09. Salvation In Flame / Confutatis
10. Finale: Hangman's Hymn / In Paradisum / Das Ende

11. Hangman's Preview [Japanese bonus]
12. Introitus [demo] [Japanese bonus]
13. Inked In Blood [demo] [Japanese bonus]
14. Me-Devil [demo] [Japanese bonus]

Mirai Kawashima - vocals, orchestrations, piano
Shinichi Ishikawa - guitar
Junichi Harashima - drums
Satoshi Fujinami - bass

Guest musicians
Theremin Aurielle "Zeitler" Gregory - vocals
Tim Conroy - trumpet
Rob Urbinati - guitar solo
Chuck Keller - guitar solo
Mike "Gunface" McKenzie - guitar solo

Additional info
Recorded at Studio Moopies, Studio Sarasvati in January-November 2006.
Engineered by T. Osada.
Produced by Sigh.
Mastered by James Murphy.
Music: Sigh. Lyrics" Mirai Kawashima.
Art direction by Mirai Kawashima and Adam Wentworth.
Artwork and design by Adam Wentworth.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
What defines Black Metal? What defines music as being avant-garde? Hell, I cannot pinpoint one specific musical trait that would answer those questions. On the other hand, I could play you the latest album from Sigh. That should take care of those annoying questions. Some say Sigh is not Black Metal anymore, in the form, they are right. But the intent, the root of their psycho music is the essence of Black Metal. I am talking about fear. Hangman's Hymn is downright scary.

published 09.07.2007 | Comments (19)

Guest review by
Where to start?

"Hangman's Hymn" is probably one of the greatest releases in the genre of Black Metal since Mayhem's "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas". The concept of the album (from what I can tell) is about a criminal or extremely indulgent sinner's last thoughts and memories before the floor drops out from under him with a noose around his neck.

published 25.05.2008 | Comments (7)

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23.02.2011 - 00:47
Daydream Nation
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Favourite Sigh album. 'Nuff said.
11.10.2012 - 11:10
Rating: 9
M C Vice
I think one of the women on the inside artwork is Dr. Mikannibal.
"Another day, another Doug."
"I'll fight you on one condition. That you lower your nipples."
" 'Tis a lie! Thy backside is whole and ungobbled, thou ungrateful whelp!"
28.11.2012 - 03:44
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Thought I'd give Sigh another try today, as I've never really liked them in the past. Completely glad I did. Superb stuff in here

get that bag
28.11.2012 - 09:36
Rating: 9
Ag Fox
Angel No More
This is one of the first black metal albums that I really enjoyed (=
loves 小巫
07.09.2014 - 13:58
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Other than 'Watershed' this is the only album I've ever been initially disappointed with but eventually saw my way to giving it a 10 in the end. Sigh's best album I would say. More bands need to incorporate leitmotifs. The idea of returning back to passages from previous songs really gives an album a sense of completion and of being unified.
07.09.2014 - 21:29
Written by Guest on 07.09.2014 at 13:58

The idea of returning back to passages from previous songs really gives an album a sense of completion and of being unified.

You should love pain of salvation then =p
Giving my ears a rest from music.
07.09.2014 - 21:42
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Written by mz on 07.09.2014 at 21:29

You should love pain of salvation then =p

Do PoS mix blackened thrash with brass instrumentation? =P
07.09.2014 - 22:14
Written by Guest on 07.09.2014 at 21:42

Do PoS mix blackened thrash with brass instrumentation? =P

Yeah they do.
Giving my ears a rest from music.
08.09.2014 - 18:17
Rating: 9
Metal Addict
How can you surprise your audience after releasing the album with hard rock/psychedelic rock sound and clean vocals? Sigh answered this question by turning the extremity to 100% and unleashing a beast of Wagnerian black metal. The result proved to be another one of the band's musical jewelry items.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
12.05.2015 - 21:39
China was a neat
Whoa, that was huge. This one has better flow than even their masterpiece Imaginary Sonicscape and only lacks on the variety front. But more than makes up for its amazing blackened thrash centered songwriting. Possibly my favourite release up to this point on their disco.

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