SIGH Set Release Date for VENOM Tribute Album; North American Tour

Japan’s SIGH will be releasing their limited edition A Tribute to Venom album (cover art) on September 2nd via The End Records.  Limited to one pressing, the album will released in a special collectible packaging (LP w/ etching + CD).  The six-song tribute to legendary black metal band VENOM will feature the bass work of Dan Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, NUCLEAR ASSAULT) and Shane Embury (NAPALM DEATH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT).

A Tribute to Venom track listing:
1. “Black Metal
2. “Schizo
3. “Die Hard
4. “Countess Bathory
5. “Teacher’s Pet
6. “Witching Hour

SIGH will also be embarking on their first-ever extended North American headlining tour this September with ZIMMERS HOLE and UNEXPECT.  Here is a list of 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 @ Gators – Farmington, NM
09/11/08 Thu @ Lola’s – 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, ON (UNEXPECT not playing this show)
09/18/08 Thu @ Jubilee Centre – Sudbury, ON
09/19/08 Fri @ Wreck Room Toronto – ON
09/20/08 Sat @ Peabody’s DownUnder – Cleveland, OH
09/21/08 Sun @ The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
09/22/08 Mon @ 4th St Station – St Paul, MN

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

Live Video of UNEXPECT’s “Desert Urbania” Now Available Online

Montreal’s UNEXPECT have posted a live video of the song, “Desert Urbania,” online. The video was shot during one of their live performances this past Fall. You can watch the video here.

The band, who released their debut album, In a Flesh Aquarium, for The End Records last summer are currently planning a spring tour across Canada with Quebec act ANONYMUS.

UNEXPECT – In a Flesh Aquarium

The End Records never ceases to amaze in recent times with its assortment of talented, progressive bands that seem to flock to its representation. One of the more recent of these converts is the incredibly gifted band, UNEXPECT. Despite the band’s near incessant complications with line-up changes, this seven-piece wonder out of Montreal should astound and impress legions of fans worldwide with their recent release, In a Flesh Aquarium. It’s not every day that you hear a band combine aspects of black metal, cabaret circus music, spoken word, and classical overtones with a result that’s not only mind blowing but possibly the most ambitious work of 2006.

The band’s name could not be more appropriate as their combination of songwriting influences are put together in an utterly schizophrenic fashion, yet each song retains a cohesiveness to it that prevents it from turning into complete chaos. Apparent influences are widely inclusive from KAYO DOT and PRIMUS to RAM-ZET. Vocals also range from male shrieks and roars to lofty female operatic singing with dashes of dark spoken word thrown in for fun. This is not a “beauty and the beast” vocal style band. The first four tracks of the album (“Chromatic Chimera,” “Feasting Fools,” “Desert Urbania,” and “Summoning Scenes”) are perhaps the most listener friendly and catchiest of the bunch (assuming that any of their material can be classified as such), while the remainder of the album is more experimental with full instrumentals and the intriguing set of three songs (“A Clown’s Mindtrap,” “Meet Me at the Carousel,” and “Another Dissonant Chord”) titled collectively as “The Shiver.” The last track on the album, “Psychic Jugglers,” is an opus over 11 minutes that truly explores the gamut of UNEXPECT‘s sound.

In a Flesh Aquarium never ceases to be both fascinating and intelligent throughout the entire album. The dedication required to put together such influences and combine them with incredible songwriting prowess should garner this band respect with such difficulty alone. This album receives my vote for the best album released in 2006, and anyone with a taste for heavier music wanting to try something truly different and experimental should not hesitate to give this band a try. A truly amazing work. (The End Records)