Sigh - In Somniphobia
Label: Candlelight Records
Reviewer: Mohammad 'Fredd' Farid - 2012-08-08
Highlights: Tracks 1, 2 and 10, 11
If insanity is a resource, then Japan is the country sitting on reserves large enough to supply the whole world for a hundred years to come. As for this year, the veteran, Japanese act Sigh unleash upon us their demented version of metal. In Somniphobia is their 9th full-length album in 20 years - and their most Avantgarde yet.
In Somniphobia is an album inside an album, with the first and last two songs (tracks 1, 2 and 10, 11) being more or less the standard Sigh: energetic, chaotic Black Metal; and tracks 3 to 9 being a journey inside the head of a madman on acid.
To describe the music is to enumerate the instuments, sounds and noises used in the making of this album. That being a very difficult task in itself, a concise version would mention how they range from alarm clocks tosexual moans. In between there are claps, tiny elves, wood being cut, old movies music, monsters growling and much more. It's amazing how Sigh successfully fused all those elements into coherent melodies.
But then again, Sigh play a school of Avantgarde Metal that relies on the weird and strange sound effects, and the album loses its novelty and most of its value after some listens, unlike other Avantgarde bands that twist the very fabric of their music using their istruments (such as Demilich and !T.O.O.H! ).
A truly fascinating Avantgarde album, recommended for all fans of the genre.