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

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