Sigh (band)

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Sigh performing at Jaxx Nightclub in September 2008
Background information
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Black metal,[1] avant-garde metal,[1] symphonic metal, progressive metal
Years active 1989–present
Labels Deathlike Silence, Cacophonous, Century Media, Candlelight, The End
Associated acts Enoch, Necrophagia, Gonin-ish, Post Mortem, Numb & Number, Abigail, Cut Throat, Aiaibanchi, Hellchild, The Meads of Asphodel, The Red Chord
Members Mirai Kawashima
Satoshi Fujinami
Junichi Harashima
Dr. Mikannibal
You Oshima
Past members Kazuki
Shinichi Ishikawa

Sigh (サイ sai?) is a Japanese extreme metal band from Tokyo, formed in 1989. They are credited as being one of the first Japanese black metal bands, producing music in the early 1990s when the majority of black metal came from Scandinavia. They gradually shifted from a traditional extreme metal sound to a more experimental, avant-garde style[2] employing symphonic elements.


Sigh was founded in 1989 in Tokyo, Japan. The band was signed by Euronymous' (of Mayhem fame) infamous label Deathlike Silence Records and released their first full-length album Scorn Defeat on DSP in 1993, shortly after Euronymous' death. The label ceased to exist shortly after his death and Sigh changed to Cacophonous Records.

After major disputes with Cacophonous over promotion and album rights, the band eventually found a new home at Century Media Records. Through this label they released their album Imaginary Sonicscape in 2001, which contained a more avant-garde elements than their previous work. In 2005 they released their full-length Gallows Gallery through yet another source, Candlelight/Baphomet Records. The band then signed to The End Records that released Hangman's Hymn and Scenes From Hell and reissued re-mastered versions of Gallows Gallery and Imaginary Sonicscape with revamped artwork and bonus tracks, before re-signing with Candlelight Records. After returning to Candlelight Records, Sigh has released 2012's In Somniphobia, and have announced recordings for their 10th studio album, Graveward, will begin in mid-2014.[3]

The band is featured in the 2008 documentary Global Metal.[4] Their song "Inked in Blood" from Hangman's Hymn was named number 31 on Loudwire's list of the Top 21st Century Metal Songs.[5]

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • Mirai Kawashima (川嶋未来) – vocals, keyboards, samples, programming, orchestral arrangements, bass guitar, vokoder, woodwind instrument, percussion (1990–present)
  • Satoshi Fujinami (藤波聡) – guitar (1990–1992, 2008, с 2015), drums (1992–2004, 2008, с 2015), bass (2004–present)
  • Junichi Harashima (原島淳一) – drums (2004–present)
  • Dr. Mikannibal – alto saxophone, vocals (2007–present)
  • You Oshima – guitar (2014–present)
Former members
  • Shinichi Ishikawa (石川慎一) – guitar (1992–2014)
  • Kazuki Ozeki (尾関和樹) – drums (1990)


Studio albums
  • Requiem for Fools (1992)
  • Ghastly Funeral Theatre (葬式劇場) (1997)
  • A Tribute to Venom (2008)
  • The Curse of Izanagi 7" (2010)
  • Desolation (1990)
  • Tragedies (1990)


  1. ^ a b "Sigh - discography, line-up, biography, interviews, photos". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  2. ^ William York. "Sigh | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Now we're working on our tenth... - SIGH (official page)". Facebook. 2013-08-03. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  4. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-06-14. 
  5. ^ *Please enter your name. (2012-09-04). "No. 31: Sigh, 'Inked in Blood' – Top 21st Century Metal Songs". Retrieved 2016-06-14. 

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