SIGH – ‘SHIKI’ – THE NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM THE JAPANESE LEGENDS RELEASED ON 26 AUGUST 2022

Cult Japanese black metal legends Sigh have announced details of their new album ‘Shiki’ to be released on 26 August on Peaceville.

‘Shiki’, an opus of dark & eclectic blackened heavy metal, shrouded in traditional eastern influences, marks the latest chapter in the Sigh legacy and includes some of the band’s heaviest and darkest material for some years; a fine hybrid of at times primitive black metal akin to early influences such as Celtic Frost amid more epic melodic heavy metal riffing and solos. It will take you on a journey through the strange and the psychedelic, incorporating a whole eclectic mix of genre styles & experimentation throughout their career. Highlighting that Sigh has remained a vital creative force in the avantgarde field whilst maintaining their old school roots.

Sigh’s new album ‘Shiki’ will be released on 26th August 2022 on CD / black vinyl LP / ltd ed green vinyl LP and digital.

SHIKI TRACKLISING

  1. Kuroi Inori [00:16]
  2. Kuroi Kage [07:55]
  3. Shoujahitsumetsu [03:52]
  4. Shikabane [05:28]
  5. Satsui – Geshi No Ato [07:07]
  6. Fuyu Ga Kuru [06:28]
  7. Shouku [05:30]
  8. Kuroi Kagami [01:10]
  9. Mayonaka No Kaii [05:24]
  10. Touji No Asa [02:53]

SIGH’S Forthcoming festival dates, 2022:
9th – 13th August: Brutal Assault 25 (Czech)
3rd September: Candelabrum Metal Fest (Mexico)

Immerse yourself in Sigh’s new world through the first single “Mayonaka No Kaii” and the accompanying  illustrated video from animator extraordinaire Costin Chioreanu.

“The song is kind of a culmination of what Sigh have been up to. Whistle scream, throat singing, Uriah Heep like vocal harmonies, vocoder, flute solo, shakuhachi solo, Hammond solo and the great guitar solo by Fred – it’s got everything! Although it’s only 5-minute long, it’s a very dramatic song with many aspects. The title stands for ‘a strange incident at midnight’, and it’s based on actual weird experience I had .. Long story short, I experienced midnight twice in one night!  You can read the details at the end of the video. We have been working with Costin for a long time, so we were 100% sure that he’d be the best guy to visualize my eerie experience, and how did it turn out? You all see for yourselves!” Mirai Kawashima.

The word “Shiki” itself has various meanings in Japanese such as four seasons, time to die, conducting an orchestra, ceremony, motivation, colour. The two primary themes for the album are “four seasons” and “time to die”. The concept and artwork is based around a traditional Japanese poem, and on ‘Shiki’ Mirai explores how at this stage of life he himself is going through Autumn, with Winter coming soon, and so empathises with the contrasting sentimental feelings from watching cherry blossoms (a symbol of spring) in full bloom.

Joining Mirai and Dr Mikannibal for this release are Frédéric Leclercq of Kreator, plus US drummer extraordinaire, Mike Heller of Fear Factory and Raven, along with an appearance by longtime member Satoshi Fujinami on bass. ‘Shiki’ was recorded across multiple studios, and mixed and mastered by Lasse Lammert at LSD studios in Germany. The album utilises a whole host of instruments to give further texture and dynamics to the compositions and eerie atmosphere, incorporating traditional oriental instruments such as the Shakuhachi & Sinobue flutes.

Sigh, featuring mainman Mirai Kawashima, Satoshi Fujinami & Kazuki Ozeki formed in 1989/90 and following their initial demos, Shinichi Ishikawa was brought in, and Sigh set about recording the masterpiece debut ‘Scorn Defeat’ for Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions, going on to become one of the country’s greatest and most revered metal exports.

Peaceville Records is proud to announce the signing of Japanese legends Sigh to the roster for their forthcoming album, set for release this year.

Photo by David Hall

As veterans of the black metal scene after more than 30 years of existence and eleven full-length studio albums, as well as being among the most eclectic metal bands with their effortless flirting between numerous musical genre influences over the years, it is a great pleasure to welcome Sigh to Peaceville for their next opus.

 

Sigh founder and main-man, Mirai Kawashima, shares a few words on the new signing: “I’ve been following Peaceville’s history from the very beginning. I mean the albums by bands like Deviated Instinct, Electro Hippies, Doom, Axegrinder, Autopsy, Paradise Lost etc. were my go-to music in my youth. (and they still are!) When I visited London a few years ago, I met Paul (though we’ve known each other for around 20 years now) and talked about a possible re-release of “Scorn Defeat” and, as you may know, it actually happened and went really well. So when Sigh needed a new home for the new album, Peaceville was an obvious choice. I am very happy to work with them and really cannot wait for the new album to come out through them later this year!”

 

Paul Groundwell, Peaceville’s label manager comments on the signing “At once intrigued and captivated by Sigh ever since the release of the timeless ‘Scorn Defeat’, with Eastern themes, the Celtic Frost-tinged riffing and also the effective integration of piano into an underground type sound, there was always a certain dark magic to the band which made them unique among much else in the early 90s scene. Certainly, Sigh went on to bigger things and much deserved success, exploring and embracing the weird and the wonderful without artistic compromise over the years. Venturing through the realms of the avantgarde and more traditional classic metal, the old school heart always remained. And so, with such an impressive body of work preceding them, we’re excited to witness this next chapter of the band’s legacy on Peaceville”.

 

Stay tuned for more information on the release of the new Sigh album.

In the meantime fans can enjoy a new 2 disc version of the bands Eastern Darkness album which will be released on Peaceville on 22nd April and is available to pre-order now from the Peaceville Store.
‘Eastern Darkness’ contains a comprehensive collection of Sigh’s early rare works showing their swift musical evolution as well as the strong utilisation of keyboards in their compositional process throughout. The collection includes the band’s legendary demo tapes, ‘Desolation’, and ‘Tragedies’, plus their EPs and rarities, as well as contributions to various compilation releases in the mid 1990s.

 

Considering Sigh’s well-known regard for UK legends Venom throughout their career, ‘Eastern Darkness’ also contains the band’s own tribute to the 1980s black metal pioneers, in the form of tribute ‘To Hell and Back’, originally released on tape in 1995.

 

This edition of ‘Eastern Darkness’ is as a 2CD set and includes a booklet featuring an interview with Mirai Kawashima about the early years of the band, along with his recollections of the origins of each title contained within the release.

 

Forthcoming festival dates, 2022:
14th May: Steelfest Open Air Metal Festival (Finland)
9th – 13th August: Brutal Assault 25 (Czech)
3rd September: Candelabrum Metal Fest (Mexico)