SIGH UNVEIL FIRST SINGLE ‘MAYONAKA NO KAII’ TAKEN FROM ‘LIVE: EASTERN FORCES OF EVIL 2022’
SIGH UNVEIL FIRST SINGLE ‘MAYONAKA NO KAII’
TAKEN FROM ‘LIVE: EASTERN FORCES OF EVIL 2022’
OUT ON PEACEVILLE JUNE 16 (June 23 for North America)
Following the announcement of the band’s new live album, ‘Live: Eastern Forces of Evil 2022’, Sigh now give us the first experience what fans can expect in the form of the performance of ‘Mayonaka no Kaii’.
Taken from 2022’s ‘Shiki’ album, ‘Mayonaka no Kaii’ brings with it a spectral atmosphere which is no coincidence considering Mirai’s frightful experience that informed the song.
At exactly 00:00am Mirai was woken up and after a quick trip to the bathroom, quickly returned to his slumber. Yet, despite what felt like a few hours, he woke up and was faced once more with the clock face at exactly 00:00am. Thinking the battery in his clock was dead, he looked at his phone and to his surprise there it was, 00:00am as well… A truly otherworldly and inexplicable experience.
Mirai elaborates below:
“Mayonaka no Kaii”, which is based on my eerie experience, is my favourite track off the latest album “Shiki” released last year, and it’s been always on the setlist since it was out. It got all the elements Sigh have from hammond solo, shakuhachi solo, flute solo, vocoder and so on. Also it definitely is a fun-to-play song. The adrenalin starts to flow towards the ending!
He continues: “I’m not a person, who easily confuses dreams and reality. I clearly remember going to the toilet at the first alarm, and I took the watch out of the room after the second one, so neither of these was a dream. This was the first experience in my life which I cannot logically explain at all. It was SO scary.If you have a similar story, let me know.”
Cult Japanese black metal legends Sigh formed in 1989/90, featuring mainman Mirai Kawashima, Satoshi Fujinami & Kazuki Ozeki. Following initial demos, Shinichi Ishikawa was brought in to the band. It was following this shift that Sigh set about recording the masterpiece debut ‘Scorn Defeat’ for the then-Mayhem guitarist Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions, going on to become one of the country’s greatest and most revered metal exports. With a journey through the strange and the psychedelic, incorporating a whole eclectic mix of genre styles & experimentation throughout their career, Sigh has remained a vital creative force in the avantgarde field. However, at its core, Sigh has always remained true to its roots of old school metal, and 2022’s ‘Shiki’ album represented a new high point for the band, encapsulating all that was endearing about Sigh, with a perfect mix of styles and injection of eastern flair.
‘Live: The Eastern Forces of Evil 2022’ track listing:
- OPENING-Touji No Asa (live) [01:31]
- A Victory of Dakini (live) [05:59]
- Purgatorium (live) [04:48]
- The Transfiguration Fear (live) [04:00]
- Kuroi Kage (live) [07:46]
- Shingontachikawa (live) [04:51]
- Mayonaka no Kaii (live) [05:39]
- Shoujahitsumetsu (live) [03:54]
- The Soul Grave (live) [04:04]
- Introitus (live) [03:04]
- Inked In Blood (live) [03:07]
- Me-Devil (live) [03:06]
- Satsui (live) [04:27]
- Evil Dead-ENDING (live) [04:07]
- CD (Digipak)
- Black gatefold LP