Sigh were formed in April of 1990 and did two demos before the Requiem for Fools 7″ EP on Wild Rags, which led us to sign to Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions. The debut album Scorn Defeat was recorded in 1993, but Euronoymous was murdered before its release, and Voices of Wonder Records took over DSP and released the Scorn Defeat.
Sigh then moved to Cacophonous Records and released: Infidel Art (1995), Ghastly Funeral Theatre (1996), Hail Horror Hail (1997), and Scenario IV: Dread Dreams (1999). Hail Horror Hail was chosen as one of the most important 100 heavy metal albums of the ’90s in Terrorizer Magazine. Sigh signed to Century Media Records and then released Imaginary Sonicscape in 2001. The album was again well received worldwide.
The sixth album Gallows Gallery, the debut album for the newly recruited Junichi Harashima, was released in 2005 by Baphomet/Season of Mist Records (U.S.) and Candlelight Records (Europe). It was chosen as Number 14 album of 2005 in UK’s Terrorizer Magazine. (This was re-mastered by James Murphy and re-released through The End Records in 2007.)
The seventh album Hangman’s Hymn, which is the fastest and the most symphonic album by Sigh, was released in 2007 on The End Records (U.S.) and Osmose Prodcutions (Europe). “Me-Devil” from this album was featured on the Canadian heavy metal documentary movie Global Metal directed by Sam Dunn.
A Tribute to Venom was released in September 2008 on The End Records to coincide Sigh’s first U.S. tour with Canada’s Unexpect. This is the first stuff to feature Dr. Mikannibal who joined the band in the end of 2007.
The eighth album Scene from Hell was released in January 2010 on The End Records again. This features the real orchestral instruments such as trumpet, trombone, tuba, flute, oboe, clarinet, string quartet etc., and the album is definitely the most symphonic and intense by Sigh.
Sigh have experienced lots of the U.S./Europe tour, including the festival appearances such as Hellfest (France), Brutal Assault Open Air (Czech Republic), Damnation Festival (UK), Inferno Festival (Norway), Maryland Deathfest (USA) and so on.
Dr. Mikannibal was chosen as one of the “Hottest Chicks in Metal” in U.S.’s Revolver Magazine and featured on Revolver’s and Metal Hammer’s calendar for 2010.
Mirai Kawashima had this to say about the bands new deal with Candlelight Records: “After we released our debut album Scorn Defeat on Deathlike Silence Productions in 1993, we had to choose a new label to sign to between Candlelight Records and Cacophonous Records. And we, who knew nothing about music business, chose Cacophonous only because they got back to us faster, which obviously was a huge mistake! Now, 17 years since then, we’ve finally come to work with Candlelight Records. They have a great roster including our mates Meads of Asphodel. We’re truly looking forward to releasing our ninth album tentatively entitled In Somniphobia in 2011”.