Reality-warping Japanese metallers Sigh join forces with Matt Heafy

For those who like to explore metal’s outer limits, Sigh have long been a reliable source of mindbending benchmarks.

The Japanese cult heroes emerged as ostensible black metal eccentrics, but over the course of nine studio albums they have taken a skilled scalpel to the genre’s basic tenets and rearranged them in increasingly mutant forms, incorporating everything from raging thrash and feral psychedelia to kitsch, B-movie exotica along the way.

Judging by the video for Out Of The Grave, the first track to be released from forthcoming 10th album Graveward, and featuring guest vocals from Trivium frontman Matt Heafy no less, Sigh’s collective grasp on reality is as willingly slender as always. With its stuttering, tic-inducing imagery and deep sense of nightmarish menace, this is another swivel-eyed, kaleidoscopic missive from the far out Far East that suggests that Graveward could be the band’s most wildly inventive and extreme album to date. And if that’s the case, the cosmically faint-hearted need not apply.


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Dom Lawson

Dom Lawson has been writing for Metal Hammer and Prog for over 14 years and is extremely fond of heavy metal, progressive rock, coffee and snooker. He also contributes to The Guardian, Classic Rock, Bravewords and Blabbermouth and has previously written for Kerrang! magazine in the mid-2000s.