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Sigh - Shiki



8 | 138 votes |
Release date: 26 August 2022
Style: Black metal, Avantgarde metal

Owners:

44 have it
14 want it


01. Kuroi Inori
02. Kuroi Kage
03. Shoujahitsumetsu
04. Shikabane
05. Satsui - Geshi No Ato
06. Fuyu Ga Kuru
07. Shouku
08. Kuroi Kagami
09. Mayonaka No Kaii
10. Touji No Asa

Line-up
Mirai Kawashima - vocals, keyboards, flute, piccolo, clarinet, shakuhachi, hichiriki, shinobue, shamisen, taishogoto, shruti box, vocoder, guitars, iwabue
Mika Kawashima - vocals, saxophones
Satoshi Fujinami - bass (track 6 only)

Session musicians
Frédéric Leclercq - guitars, bass
Mike Heller - drums, bongos, congas, mini-bongos, bells, blocks, chairs, floor, boxes, t-shirt, wallet, music stand, 2x4, pipe, shaker

Additional info
Released via Peaceville Records
Produced by Sigh

Staff review by
ScreamingSteelUS
Rating:
9.1
A surprising number of fans have compared Shiki to Imaginary Sonicscape. That is incorrect. The only valid reference to that album is the one endorsed by Mirai Kawashima himself, whereby we remind him that IS is still his best album and he should keep working. But I wonder what those fans are really after – Shiki is, like all Sigh albums, a masterpiece completely on its own terms.

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published 16.10.2022 | Comments (9)

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23.06.2022 - 23:50
J the Metallizer

Love the art <3
Now off to hear that single
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A lot of times, listening to blackened death metal is a lot like waking up after a night of heavy drinking: you know you had a decent time, but you can’t remember much of it. - Mark Z.
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24.06.2022 - 01:57
Rating: 9
Karlabos
Meat and Potatos
Isn't that the same guy from Infidel Art?
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Growing up is the worst. I hope I never do it.
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27.08.2022 - 21:13
Rating: 9
Nicko's Nose

3/10 is the new 1/10
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28.08.2022 - 22:13
Rating: 8
ThomasBryant

Ok the vocals had to grow on me. tehe they kind of have that !T.O.O.H.! feel to them.
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08.09.2022 - 12:18
Rating: 8
Ball Fondlers

I didn't really like "Heir To Despair", not that I can remember why anymore, but this one is sounding fantastic. I look forward to giving it many spins, as I'm sure it will be a real grower
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15.10.2022 - 15:43
F3ynman2000
Nocturnal Bro
This my first time listening to Sigh. Very cool - it's intrigued me...
Can anyone recommend to me where I should go to next if I want to explore their discography?
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15.10.2022 - 16:11
nepalski

Written by F3ynman2000 on 15.10.2022 at 15:43

This my first time listening to Sigh. Very cool - it's intrigued me...
Can anyone recommend to me where I should go to next if I want to explore their discography?

The best advice I can give is also the most "no brainer" I suppose, just start with "Imaginery Sonicscape" and continue chronologically forward if you like it. Their first 4 albums have the remains of their more black metal approach to prog/avant-garde, and are quite different from their jazzy-psychedelic stuff from their golden era. Especially "Scorn Defeat" which is just straight up black metal release. These records are still very good, just different.
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19.10.2022 - 14:14
Rating: 8
beyondtehdarksun

Written by F3ynman2000 on 15.10.2022 at 15:43

This my first time listening to Sigh. Very cool - it's intrigued me...
Can anyone recommend to me where I should go to next if I want to explore their discography?


For a deep dive, I also highly recommend In Somniphobia. It unites many of their different influences, whereas albums like Hangman's Hymn stick to a single style.
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"We are blind to the world within us, waiting to be born"
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07.11.2022 - 15:32
Rating: 10
Written by F3ynman2000 on 15.10.2022 at 15:43

This my first time listening to Sigh. Very cool - it's intrigued me...
Can anyone recommend to me where I should go to next if I want to explore their discography?

All their albums are worth listening to (again and again). You really can't go wrong with any of them especially because they are all so different from one another. Contrary to what nepalski wrote I would highly recommend listening to their debute album "Scorn Defeat" though, which wasn't at all "straight up black metal" when it came out and is still surprising in some respects even today. While "Imaginary Sonicscape" certainly is their most iconic album, I think "Hail Horror Hail" was the masterpiece that truly established them as one of the greatest Avant-garde metal bands. I would suggest listening to that one together with their EP "Ghastly Funeral Theatre" as the two work brilliantly together
Have a great time discovering this fantastic band!
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15.11.2022 - 17:20
Rating: 7
tintinb

After "graveward" and "heir to despair" this is my third sigh album. Not quite as good as the previous this one still packs a variety of punches. My favourite song here has got to be Satsui - Geshi No Ato. That song is perfect in almost all the ways.
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Leeches everywhere.
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