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Japan's best-known black metal band Sigh has, over the years, also progressed into one of the genre's most experimental and simply unusual bands regardless of whereabouts. Led by bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Mirai Kawashima, the trio formed in 1989, at which point the lineup was rounded out by Satoshi Fujinami on guitar and Kazuki on drums. They took their original inspirations from the raw '80s thrash metal of bands such as Venom, Celtic Frost, and Kreator, meanwhile mixing in horror movie soundtrack atmospheres and keyboards/synthesizer arrangements (they were one of the first so-called black metal bands to heavily use keyboards). After a couple of demos, they recorded their first EP, Requiem for the Fools, in 1992 for the Wild Rags label, with Satoshi doubling on guitar and bass (Kazuki had left by this point). This effort drew the attention of infamous Mayhem guitarist/Norwegian black metal scene figurehead Euronymous, who signed them to his Deathlike Silence Productions imprint for their debut full-length. Entitled Scorn Defeat, this album came out in 1993 after Euronymous' death and was the first Sigh recording to include guitarist Shinichi Ishikawa, with Satoshi moving strictly to drums and percussion. With their lineup finally solidified, the trio signed to England's Cacophonous Records, where they released their next three full-lengths: Infidel Art (1995), Hail Horror Hail (1997), and Scenario IV: Dread Dreams (1999); a mini-CD, Ghastly Funeral Theatre, also came out on Cacophonous in 1997. Over the course of these albums, Sigh steadily incorporated more diverse elements into their sound, including pianos, female choirs, classically inspired orchestrations (though not the bombastic, Wagner-ian sort favored by many European bands), non-horror movie soundtrack touches, and unexpected mood/style changes that reveal their acknowledged interest in composers John Zorn and Frank Zappa. (Hail Horror Hail even included a defiant warning, apparently meant for more traditionally minded metal listeners, stating that "every sound on [the] album is deliberate, and if you find that some parts of the album are strange, it isn't because the music in itself is strange, but because your conscious self is ill-equipped to comprehend the sounds produced on this recording.") After Scenario IV…, Sigh left the Cacophonous label for Century Media, which released the band's fifth full-length, Imaginary Sonicscape, in the summer of 2001. ~ William York
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  2.   Lucid Nightmare
  3.   Death with Dishonor
  4.   Me-Devil
  5.   Scenes from Hell
  6.   Fall To the Thrall
  7.   Black Metal
  8.   Purgatorium
  9.   Vanitas
  10.   Mayhem With Mercy
  11.   Waltz Dread Dreams
  12.   Introitus/Kyrie
  13.   Equale (A. Prelude, B. Fugato, C. Coda)
  14.   Dwellers In Dream
  15.   Scarlet Dream
  16.   Infernal Cries
  17.   Ecstatic Transformation
  18.   Kaedit Nos Pestis
  19.   Beyond Centuries
  20.   L'art De Mourir
  21.   Die Hard
  22.   Corpsecry - Angelfall
  23.   Impromptu (Allegro Maestoso)
  24.   The Trial By the Dead
  25.   The Tombfiller
  26.   Graveward
  27.   L'excommunication a Minuit
  28.   Somniphobia
  29.   The Soul Grave
  30.   Teacher's Pet
  31.   Suicidogenic
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  33.   Messiahplan
  34.   The Tranquilizer Song
  35.   Confession to Be Buried
  36.   In a Drowse
  37.   Iconoclasm in the 4th Desert
  38.   Bring Back the Dead
  39.   Dreamsphere (Return to the Chaos)
  40.   Far Beneath the In-Between
  41.   Ending Theme: Continuum
  42.   Jazzy Outtake 1
  43.   Countess Bathory
  44.   Born Condemend Criminal
  45.   Dies Irae/The Master Malice
  46.   Requiem- Nostalgia
  47.   Nietzschean Conspiracy
  48.   Divine Graveyard
  49.   A Messenger From Tomorrow
  50.   Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
  51.   Amnesia
  52.   Slaughtergarden Suite, Pts. 1-5: at Dawn/The Dead Are Born/Destiny Divi
  53.   A Sunset Song
  54.   The Memories as a Sinner
  55.   The Forlorn
  56.   The Transfiguration Fear
  57.   The Caskeetburner
  58.   The Summer Funeral
  59.   Pale Monument
  60.   The Red Funeral
  61.   The Enlightenment Day
  62.   Imprisoned
  63.   Silver Universe
  64.   Slaughtergarden Suite: I. At Dawn, II. The Dead Are Born, III. Destiny
  65.   The Last Elegy
  66.   Voices
  67.   Gavotte Grim
  68.   Overture/Rex Tremendae/I Saw the World's End
  69.   The Molesters of My Soul
  70.   Hangman's Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende
  71.   The Zombie Terror
  72.   Midnight Sun
  73.   In Devil's Arms
  74.   In the Mind of a Lunatic
  75.   Inked in Blood
  76.   Out of the Grave
  77.   Musica in Tempora Belli
  78.   Severed Ways
  79.   Witching Hour
  80.   Jazzy Outtake 2
  81.   Desolation
  82.   Prelude to the Oracle
  83.   Diabolic Suicide
  84.   Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils
  85.   Izuna
  86.   Black Curse

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