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Following the release of Shiki, their new studio album, on Peaceville, the cult Japanese black metal legends SIGH have released a new video for the track ‘Shoujahitsumetsu’.

SIGH mainman Mirai Kawashima explains the meaning behind the track “‘Shoujahitsumetsu’ is a word in Buddhism and stands for “Anything that is alive has to die in the end”. I tried to express my fear of death through the album, and this song should be the case in point. This is the most furious track on the album filled with my feat that will never fade away.”

SIGH’s recently released opus, Shiki, is dark & eclectic blackened heavy metal, shrouded in traditional eastern influences, and marks the latest chapter in the SIGH legacy, which includes some of the band’s heaviest and darkest material for some years; has been wowed fans new and old and received critical acclaim from the worldwide media – a selection of comments from reviews here:

WeAreThePit.com “SIGH are one of the most fascinating acts in metal today.”
PopMatters – “…another SIGH banger.”
Decibel – “Shiki produces another marvel of unbound cohesion, an uninhibited freedom fighter of sound and fury that always sticks the unexpected landing.”
Metal Hammer -“Shiki is gleefully defined more by imperial, crunching riffs, dazzling twin-axe melodies and Mirai’s tasteful cosmic synth runs.”
Blabbermouth – “Masters at work.”

Joining Mirai and Dr. Mikannibal on Shiki were Frédéric Leclercq of Kreator, plus US drummer extraordinaire, Mike Heller of Fear Factory and Raven, along with an appearance by longtime member Satoshi Fujinami on bass. Shiki was recorded across multiple studios, and mixed and mastered by Lasse Lammert at LSD studios in Germany. The album utilises a whole host of instruments to give further texture and dynamics to the compositions and eerie atmosphere, incorporating traditional oriental instruments such as the Shakuhachi & Sinobue flutes.

SIGH, featuring Mirai Kawashima, Satoshi Fujinami & Kazuki Ozeki formed in 1989/90 and following their initial demos, Shinichi Ishikawa was brought in. Then SIGH set about recording the masterpiece debut, Scorn Defeat, for Euronymous’ Deathlike Silence Productions, going on to become one of the country’s greatest and most revered metal exports.

Shiki is available on CD / black vinyl LP / ltd ed. green vinyl LP and digital. ORDER HERE

Shiki Tracklisting:

  1. Kuroi Inori [00:16]
  2. Kuroi Kage [07:55]
  3. Shoujahitsumetsu [03:52]
  4. Shikabane [05:28]
  5. Satsui – Geshi No Ato [07:07] WATCH VIDEO
  6. Fuyu Ga Kuru [06:28]
  7. Shouku [05:30]
  8. Kuroi Kagami [01:10]
  9. Mayonaka No Kaii [05:24] WATCH VIDEO
  10. Touji No Asa [02:53]

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