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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.   Opening Theme: Lucid Nightmare
  3.   Death with Dishonor
  4.   Me-Devil
  5.   Dreamsphere (Return to the Chaos)
  6.   Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils
  7.   The Red Funeral
  8.   Prelude to the Oracle
  9.   Equale
  10.   L'art De Mourir
  11.   Iconoclasm in the 4th Desert
  12.   Corpsecry - Angelfall
  13.   The Soul Grave
  14.   Severed Ways
  15.   Born Condemend Criminal
  16.   Divine Graveyard
  17.   The Enlightenment Day
  18.   Slaughtergarden Suite: I. At Dawn, II. The Dead Are Born, III. Destiny
  19.   Introitus/Kyrie
  20.   The Casketburner
  21.   Izuna
  22.   Hangman's Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende
  23.   Desolation
  24.   Out of the Grave
  25.   Voices
  26.   A Messenger From Tomorrow
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  28.   Black Metal
  29.   Gavotte Grim
  30.   Musica in Tempora Belli
  31.   Amnesia
  32.   Teacher's Pet
  33.   Die Hard
  34.   In a Drowse
  35.   Waltz Dread Dreams
  36.   Silver Universe
  37.   Impromptu (Allegro Maestoso)
  38.   Beyond Centuries
  39.   The Last Elegy
  40.   The Molesters of My Soul
  41.   The Tombfiller
  42.   The Zombie Terror
  43.   L'excommunication a Minuit
  44.   Somniphobia
  45.   Vanitas
  46.   The Summer Funeral
  47.   Suicidogenic
  48.   Jazzy Outtake 2
  49.   Inked in Blood
  50.   Overture/Rex Tremendae/I Saw the World's End
  51.   Messiahplan
  52.   The Tranquilizer Song
  53.   Confession to Be Buried
  54.   Pale Monument
  55.   Requiem- Nostalgia
  56.   Bring Back the Dead
  57.   Midnight Sun
  58.   In Devil's Arms
  59.   The Trial by the Dead
  60.   Jazzy Outtake 1
  61.   Dies Irae/The Master Malice
  62.   Countess Bathory
  63.   Ending Theme: Continuum
  64.   Nietzschean Conspiracy
  65.   Slaughtergarden Suite, Pts. 1-5: at Dawn/The Dead Are Born/Destiny Divi
  66.   Infernal Cries
  67.   The Transfiguration Fear
  68.   Black Curse
  69.   Imprisoned
  70.   Scenes from Hell
  71.   Witching Hour
  72.   Dwellers in Dream
  73.   Scarlet Dream
  74.   Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
  75.   In the Mind of a Lunatic
  76.   The Memories as a Sinner
  77.   A Sunset Song
  78.   Fall to the Thrall
  79.   Mayhem With Mercy
  80.   Graveward
  81.   The Forlorn
  82.   Diabolic Suicide
  83.   Far Beneath the In-Between
  84.   Purgatorium
  85.   Ecstatic Transformation
  86.   Kaedit Nos Pestis

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