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

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