SIGH Records VENOM Tribute Album; Working on Eighth Studio Album

Japanese black metal act SIGH have recorded a six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM, titled .

In an update from the band, singer Mirai Kawashima says: “We’ve just completed the recording of six songs for our tribute to VENOM at Earth Studios. There are some guest appearances being planned for the album. We will keep you posted on that.”

This release will be the studio debut for Mikannibal (vocals/sax) with SIGH.

SIGH’s Tribute to VENOM tracklisting:

Black Metal
Schizo
Die Hard
Countess Bathory
Teacher’s Pet
Witching Hour

“Also, we are preparing for our 8th full-length album that will be entitled: “Scenes from Hell / Tempore Belli / Vanitas.” SIGH will work with a real string quartet and some brass players this time. This is going to be a very furious and grandiose album — MIRAI.”

The new album is scheduled for release this fall on The End Records to coincide with SIGH‘s headlining tour of North America with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.

SIGH Announce North American Headlining Tour with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT

Groundbreaking Japanese black metal act SIGH will embark on a two and a half week headlining tour North America this fall. Support for the tour will come from Vancouver’s ZIMMERS HOLE and Montreal’s UNEXPECT.

The tour will start on September 6th, 2008 at the Jumping Turtle in San Marcos, CA and cross the United States and into Canada for some shows before ending September 22nd, 2008 at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN. This is the band’s first headlining tour of North America.

Tickets for the tour are onsale now through enterthevault.com exclusively untill March 3rd, 2008
Go here: http://www.enterthevault.com

The band recently reissued 2005’s Gallows Gallery in November 2007 on The End Records, remastered by James Murphy, and featured revamped artwork and several bonus tracks. Their last album Hangman’s Hymn was released last summer to rave reviews.

Tour dates:
09/06/08 Sat @ Jumping Turtle – San Marcos, CA
09/07/08 Sun @ Chain Reaction – Anaheim, CA
09/08/08 Mon @ Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA
09/09/08 Tue @ The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
09/10/08 Wed @ Launch Pad – Alburquerque, NM
09/11/08 Thu @ Ridglea Theater – FT. Worth, TX
09/12/08 Fri @ White Rabbit – San Antonio, TX
09/13/08 Sat @ Meridian – Houston, TX
09/14/08 Sun @ The Muse – Nashville, TN
09/15/08 Mon @ Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
09/16/08 Tue @ B.B. Kings Blues Club – New York City, NY
09/17/08 Wed @ FouFounes – Montreal, QC
09/18/08 Thu @ Jubilee Centre – Sudbury, ON
09/19/08 Fri @ Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
09/20/08 Sat @ Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
09/21/08 Sun @ The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/22/08 Mon @ Station 4 – St. Paul, MN

SIGH – Hangman’s Hymn

Hangman’s Hymn is the sound of the band revitalized and hungry to write their best work to date. There’s a considerable shift in approach this time around as the band’s trademark genre bending and blending has taken a back seat to a more straight ahead approach. Gone are the tripped out songs/song sections and 70’s rock/prog rock aspects. Enter a bombastic symphonic metal album that is a dark marriage of classical music and thrash metal. Things are considerably heavier, faster, and straight out more evil than ever before. Band leader, Mirai Kawashima, has not only taken the band to another level but also his individual performance. There’s a virtual full symphony orchestra present including stringed instruments, horns, organs, operatic choirs, and ominous bells. He brings back those raspy distorted vocals as his main vocal approach and uses his clean vocals in a complimentary role in grand fashion. Lyrically, Hangman’s Hymn is probably the band’s most vicious, dark, and Satanic to date. The unrelenting and, often, over-the-top tone creates a strong intensity throughout. “In Devil’s Arms” is perhaps the song that stands out as most reminiscent of the famous sound that SIGH has carved out with previous albums with its excellent NWOBHM guitar melodies. The only drawback for Hangman’s Hymn is the production. The synth is so loud and overpowering in the mix that the guitars/bass often get buried underneath. Also, when the guitars/bass are playing fast riffs, the individual notes often sound buried underneath mud. In the end, SIGH continues to be of the most eclectic and creative forces in underground metal and Hangman’s Hymn is one of the most original albums released in 2007. (The End Records)

The End Records to Reissue SIGH’s Gallows Gallery Remastered with Revamped Art, Bonus Tracks

The End Records have announced plans to reissue SIGH‘s 2005 album Gallows Gallery on November 27th, 2007.

The reissue, remastered by James Murphy, also features revamped artwork and several bonus tracks. The band recently released their album Hangman’s Hymn in June of this year to rave reviews.

About the reissue, singer/founder/frontman Mirai Kawashima says: “In the beginning, Gallows Gallery was planned to be pretty much a jazzy album. You’ll hear the discarded pieces along with some alternate versions never heard before in the bonus tracks. Remastered by the mighty James Murphy, finally Gallows Gallery will be released in the form of what it should have been!”

The tracklisting for the reissue of Gallows Gallery is:

1. “Pale Monument
2. “In A Drowse
3. “The Enlightment Day
4. “Confession To Be Buried
5. “The Tranquilizer Song
6. “Midnight Sun
7. “Silver Universe
8. “Gavotte Grim
9. “Messiahplan
10. –
11. “The Tranquilizer Song” (David Harrow Mix)
12. “Pale Monument” (Harsh Vocal Version)
13. “In A Drowse” (Demo 2003)
14. “Messiahplan” (Gunface Alternate Guitar Solo Take)
15. “The Tranquilizer Song” (David Harrow Remix Outtake)
16. “Jazzy Outtake 1
17. “Jazzy Outtake 2

In other SIGH news, the band’s song “Inked in Blood” from Hangman’s Hymn is featured on the free compilation from SonicFrontiers.net.

To find out more on the compilation, go here: http://www.sonicfrontiers.net/php/compilation-1.html

MAYHEM Announces the Deconsecrate the States 2007 Tour

For the first time in 6 years, and quite possibly the very last, MAYHEM’s Deconsecrate the States Tour 2007 is sure to be the hottest on record.

Their long awaited new Ordo Ad Chao album and tour feature the return of vocalist Attila Csihar, who sang on the band’s pinnacle album, De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas. Attila has never before performed on US soil as a MAYHEM member, which makes this tour the closest North America will ever have of witnessing the classic MAYHEM line-up.

Here the tour dates:
July 16th – DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA
July 17th – Galaxy Club – Santa Ana, CA
July 18th – Key Club – Los Angeles, CA
July 20th – Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
July 22nd – Joe’s – Chicago, IL
July 23rd – BB Kings – New York, NY
July 24th – Jaxx – Springfield, VA
July 25th – The Sterling Hotel – Allentown, PA

Check your local listings for support acts which will include NACHTMYSTIUM, SIGH, TODAY IS THE DAY, INTRONAUT, WITHERED, AMBER ASYLUM, LUDICRA, CREMATORIUM, NOVEMBER’S DOOM, MOUTH OF ARCHITECT, and DEKAPITATOR.

SIGH, MELECHESH to Team Up for North American Tour

Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH have announced a few tour dates from their upcoming North American tour with Mesopotamian masters MELECHESH.

The band is touring North America in support of their upcoming album, Hangman’s Hymn, out June 12th, 2007 on The End Records. This is the first North American tour for MELECHESH, who released their critically-acclaimed album, Emissaries, in January of this year. Also on the touring bill is Atlanta’s sludge/doom outfit ZOROASTER.

Says SIGH frontman Mirai Kawashima about touring, “We are excited about coming over to play North America again. The timing of the tour is perfect. Hope to see you all on tour!”

More tour dates will be released in the coming weeks, but the confirmed shows are:
07/06/07 Fri @ Europa – Brooklyn, NY
07/13/07 Fri @ Opera House – Toronto, CA
07/14/07 Sat @ Sapphire Club – Montreal, QC

SIGH also has two live dates with Norway’s MAYHEM:
July 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

CREMATORIUM, INTRONAUT to Join MAYHEM, SIGH for LA Dates

Los Angeles’ CREMATORIUM and INTRONAUT have signed on to support Norway’s MAYHEM and Japan’s SIGH for their two Los Angeles area shows this summer.  Dates are as follows:

7/17: Galaxy Theatre, Santa Ana, CA
7/18: Key Club, Hollywood, CA

CREMATORIUM are currently working on their follow-up to 2005’s Process of Endtime album.  INTRONAUT have been busy touring in support of their recent Void album.

SIGH Added to MAYHEM’s California Live Dates in July

Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH have been added to the two live California dates as direct support for Norway’s MAYHEM this July.

The live dates are:
July 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
July 18 – West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club

About the two live dates with Norway’s misanthropic cult black metal act, singer/guitarist Mirai Kawashima says, “As many of our fans know, we’ve been in contact with the band (MAYHEM) from many years now. We have a definite connection with them. It will be great to share the stage with them and will no doubt be an experience for all of those in attendance I’m sure.”

The band is scheduled to tour North America for several weeks this summer, from July 7th to 22nd, 2007, to support their upcoming album Hangman’s Hymn, out June 12th, 2007 on The End Records. More dates to follow.

“We are excited about coming over to play North America again. The timing of the tour is perfect. Hope to see you all on tour!”

SIGH’s Hangman’s Hymn Cover Art Revealed; New Song Available

Groundbreaking Japanese act SIGH have revealed the artwork for their 7th studio album,
entitled Hangman’s Hymn, due out later this year on The End Records. You can to view it here.

“This is by far the best SIGH album we have done – from the production to the songwriting. We’re proud of the results,” states frontman Mirai Kawashima. “We hope our fans embrace what we have done with our music this time around as their support has always been great for SIGH.”

The album was recorded at Studio Moopies with engineer Takamichi Osada and the band handling production duties. The album features guest appearances from:

Rob Urbinati (SACRIFICE) – Guitar solo on the track, “The Master Malice”
Aurielle Gregory (ex-GIANT SQUID) – Female vocals on the track, “The Master Malice”
Tim Conroy (ex-GIANT SQUID) – Trumpet used/manipulated on various tracks
Steven Sagala (ENFORSAKEN) – Vocals used/manipulated on various tracks

An mp3 for the song, “Death with Dishonour,” has been made available for dowload here.

In other SIGH news, the band has been invited to play this year’s Inferno Festival, which is scheduled to take place April 5-7 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Oslo, Norway.

SIGH Complete Recording of Seventh Studio Album, Hangman’s Hymn

Japan’s SIGH have completed recording their seventh studio album titled Hangman’s Hymn – Musikalische Exequien at Studio Moopies with engineer Takamichi Osada.  The album is currently in the mixing stages, and is set for a 2007 release through The End Records.

Frontman Mirai Kawashima comments on the album:

SIGH have finished recording the new album Hangman’s Hymn and have started the mixing process. Hopefully it will be done in a month or so. The album has 10 tracks, but all the songs are connected to each other so closely that this can be taken as one track that lasts for 45 minutes.

“It is turning out to be a very heavy, fast and symphonic album. It is a fusion of sophisticated theories of classical music and the primitive power of heavy metal rhythms!”

The album also features some guest appearances by Aurielle Gregory (GIANT SQUID), Tim Conroy (ex-GIANT SQUID), Steven Sagala (ENFORSAKEN), and others.

The final tracklisting for the album is:

Act1
1. “Introitus/Kyrie
2. “Inked in Blood
3. “Me-Devil

Act2
4. “Dies Irae/The Master Malice
5. “The Memories as a Sinner
6. “Death with Dishonor
7. “In Devil’s Arms

Act3
8. “Overture/Rex Tremendae/I saw the World’s End
9. “Salvation in Flame/Confutatis
10. “Finale: Hangman’s Hymn/In Paradisum/Das Ende

Check out a pre-production quality medley of material from the forthcoming album here: http://media.theendrecords.com/Sigh7Preview.mp3