Saturday, March 3, 2012


genre : avant-garde, psychedelic black
similar bands : Sigh
origin : Japan
strong spot : originality, orchestrations, compositions
weak spot : nothing obvious

Sigh have managed to create one of their best albums and probably one of the best avant-garde black metal albums ever, if not the best one. I am a huge fan of the band and I found 'Scenes from Hell' more amazing than sex with Lindsay Lohan. But I didn't expect this! Sigh present an album full of diverse orchestrations, strange instruments, electro loops, strange sounding effects and brilliant soundtrack-like melodies. Something like 'La Masquerade Infernale' - the black metal version (?) . Classical chord progressions and 70s instrumentation provide a very warm and vintage feeling. The album may sound frustrating at first, but it gets better and better after every listen. They are simply good composers and know how to mix their ideas perfectly in order to create coherent songs and a solid album. This time the production values are higher, it is maybe the more polished production that Sigh ever had. And it fits perfectly.  

9,8 out of 10 goatheads