Japanese extreme metal/noise icons, Sigh, will unveil their crushing tenth studio opus next month. Titled Graveward, the eclectic, ten-track offering took over two-and-a-half years to complete with each song comprising over one-hundred recording tracks exceeding 100GB of audio to select from in the final mixes. Inspired by musician/composer Fabio Frizzi, Graveward pays homage to Italian zombie and Hammer Horror classics. Graveward features guest performances from Trivium’s Matthew Heafy, DragonForce’s Fred Leclercq, Shining’s Niklas Kvarforth, Rotting Christ’s Sakis Tolis, The Meads Of Asphodel’s Metatron and others with fittingly twisted, grave-robbing cover art by Costin Chioreanu (Ihsahn, At the Gates, Deicide, Ulver, etc.).
In an early impression of the record, A Metal State Of Mind notes, “With a focus of a theme, more touches of thrash, and guest spots from more ‘mainstream’ metal artists from bands like Trivium and DragonForce, I would have to say Graveward is the most accessible Sigh record. A great starting point to delve into the madness with if you haven’t yet. Best thing, with this accessibility, none of the experimentation that makes Sigh great has been sacrificed.”
Already devouring the hordes in Europe, Graveward will be released in North America via Candlelight Records on May 4th, 2015.
In the meantime sample opening canticle of chaos, “Kaedit Nos Pestis,” as well as the official video for “Out Of The Grave” AT THIS LOCATION.
Graveward Track Listing:
- 1. Kaedit Nos Pestis
- 2. Graveward
- 3. The Tombfiller
- 4. The Forlorn
- 5. The Molesters Of My Soul
- 6. Out Of the Grave
- 7. The Trial By The Dead
- 8. The Casketburner
- 9. A Messenger From Tomorrow
- 10. Dwellers In Dream
For over two decades, Sigh has been transcending the confines of extreme metal. Forged in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan, the band was initially signed by Euronymous’ infamous Deathlike Silence Records on which they released their debut full-length, Scorn Defeat, in 1993. Sigh would go on to release records via various imprints including Cacophonous, Century Media, Baphomet and The End before making Candlelight Records their label home with the release of 2012′s crushing, critically-adored In Somniphobia and this year’s Graveward.
Pre-order Graveward via Candlelight Records at THIS LOCATION.
Mirai Kawashima – vocals, keyboards, orchestrations etc.
Dr. Mikannibal – alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, vocals
Satoshi Fujinami – bass, drums
You Oshima – guitar
Junichi Harashima – drums
“There’s no getting around it: Sigh is weird. But it’s the kind of weird you can get cozy with, once the foreignness subsides.” – Invisible Oranges