Japan’s SIGH will release its ninth album, “In Somniphobia”, on March 13 via Candlelight Records. According to a press release, the CD is “by far more musically varied” compared to the [band’s] last two albums. Put heavy metal, classical music, jazz, Indian traditional music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis into a cauldron of hell and stir it, you’ll get ‘In Somniphobia’. It is a pure sonic nightmare that lasts more than an hour. . . It is not easy to describe its direction, but probably one can say that it is something between ‘Imaginary Sonicscape’, ‘Hail Horror Hail’ and ‘Gallows Gallery’, or rather, simply a nightmarish version of ‘Imaginary Sonicscape’.”
Founded in 1990 in Tokyo, Japan, SIGH is known for its nontraditional approach to metal and music in general and such is the case with their latest endeavor. Their most musically varied and plainly enthralling recording to date “In Somniphobia” incorporates everything from heavy metal, classical, jazz, traditional Indian music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis. It’s a pure, sonic nightmare that lasts more than an hour and an album long time fans are sure to embrace.
Commented SIGH vocalist/keyboardist Mirai Kawashima: “This is your sonic nightmare. This is the music that lies somewhere between your reality and imagination. This is the heaviest, scariest, craziest and by far the best album by SIGH in every aspect. Be sure to smoke first then listen to this with headphones. Bad trip guaranteed.”
“In Somniphobia” track listing:
02. The Transfiguration Fear Lucid Nightmares
03. Lucid Nightmare
05. L’Excommunication A Minuit
07. Far Beneath The In-Between
08. Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils
09. Ending Theme: Continuum
10. Fall To The Thrall
11. Equale (a. Prelude, b. Fugato, c. Coda)
The song “Far Beneath The In-Between” is available for streaming in the YouTube clip below.
Mirai Kawashima – Vocals, Keyboards
Shinichi Ishikawa – Guitar
Satoshi Fujinami – Bass
Junichi Harashima – Drums
Dr. Mikannibal – Saxophone, Vocals
The cover artwork for “In Somniphobia” (see below) was created by Eliran Kantor, who has previously worked with TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, ANACRUSIS and GWAR, among others.
SIGH‘s eighth studio album, “Scenes From Hell”, was released in January 2010 via The End Records.