Sigh - In Somniphobia


8.2 | 172 votes |
Release date: 12 March 2012
Style: Black metal, Avantgarde metal

Owners:

147 have it
32 want it


01. Purgatorium
02. The Transfiguration Fear
03. Opening Theme: Lucid Nightmare
04. Somniphobia
05. L'Excommunication À Minuit
06. Amnesia
07. Far Beneath The In-Between
08. Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils
09. Ending Theme: Continuum
10. Fall To The Thrall
11. Equale
    1 - Prelude
    2 - Fugato
    3 - Coda

Line-up
Mirai Kawashima - vocals, piano, minimoog, prophet-5, clavinet D-6, organ, monotron, roland RE-201, vocoder, ring modulator, recorder, throat singing, sitar, tabla, tampura, shorwave radio, jaw harp, glockenspiel, etc.
Dr. Mikannibal - vocals, alto saxophone
Satoshi Fujinami - bass
Shinichi Ishikawa - electric and acoustic guitar
Junichi Harashima - drums

Guest musicians
Metatron - vocals, narration on 3 and 8
Barney Kamalani "Kam" Lee - vocals
Barmanu - sarangi
Adam Matlock - clarinet on 6 and 11, accordion on 8
Jonathan Fisher - trumpet on 8 and 11

Additional info
Music by Mirai Kawashima
Lyrics by Mirai Kawashima except "Far Beneath the In-Between" by Kam Lee and "Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils" by Metatron

"In Somniphobia" was recorded at Studio Moopies and Electric Space Studio in 2010/2011
Engineered by T. Osada
Produced by Sigh
Mastered by Tim Turan (Turan Audio)

Staff review by
!J.O.O.E.!
Rating:
N/A
Sigh have come a long, long way since their signing to the Deathlike Silence label nearly 20 years ago. They may have contracted the avant-garde virus nearer the early stages of their career but with each release it has propagated and what was once a host body is now a fully mutated organism and the black metal elements that once made up its meat is now little more than a few straggly veins. I'm not complaining though.

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published 16.03.2012 | Comments (16)

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01.03.2012 - 22:58
Rating: 8
Chris Steele
This album is one of the weirdest things i have ever heard.. 70's psychedelic rock music with melodic black? Somehow I find myself like it pretty much, but I don't really like the vocals.. But damn, the music is interesting
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02.03.2012 - 01:16
strade
Wow... I've never heard anything like this.
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My lo-fi synth project: http://luciddreamer.bandcamp.com
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02.03.2012 - 01:16
Kenos
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Written by Chris Steele on 01.03.2012 at 22:58

but I don't really like the vocals.. But damn, the music is interesting


Yeah they sound out of place, maybe a bit "goofy". The rest is good stuff, it deserves further and careful listens.
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10.03.2012 - 06:43
pisymbol
Mind boggling awesome.
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12.03.2012 - 02:41
Crucifux
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It's not as good as their past 2 albums were, but it's still excellent material as always. It sounds kind of like a mash-up of Imaginary Sonicscape and Gallows Gallery.
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17.03.2012 - 09:17
Rating: 8
Behdad K
DEAD
That was a... weird... album.
I don't know what the fuck was that, but that was good.
Some electronic elements is Black Metal... wow!
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As tyranny becomes normality;
We hang at the end of the rope.
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17.03.2012 - 19:55
Rating: 9
The Galactican
God bless the Japanese. I give this a weird and enthusiastic thumbs up.
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18.03.2012 - 15:04
Rating: 9
Unhealer
Eclecticist
Ok, that was lovely. First listen and I can already say it's majestic.
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18.03.2012 - 23:29
Rating: 9
Asunder
Awesome shit
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26.03.2012 - 15:04
Rating: 9
Draugen
Damn!

This album was one hell of a crazy ride. Often times you are just bombarded by all kinds of instruments and sounds and the great thing about it is that in some weird way it still manages to feel cohesive. The transitions are done in a nice way with most of the songs slowly building up as they get progressively more wicked.

While listening to In Somniphobia I wasn't afraid of falling asleep, on the contrary, I was under the impression that I experienced a feverish dream. And I loved every second of it.
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29.03.2012 - 23:18
Rating: 9
Iron Nostarion
Maiden Whore
I thoroughly enjoyed this album. Great work by Sigh; great avantgarde work, nice and catchy tunes and some kind of twisted brutality to it.

Loving this.
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To their tombs the people are immured,
There is their gold, treasure and wealth,
The only condition is to ignore them,
Those who feed on corruption and weave death
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01.04.2012 - 10:50
Rating: 10
Jerm666
Wow, I listened to this album not knowing anything about this band but I heard some of their music before and I didnt like it.. This album hits everything, multiple genres, vocals, speeds, atmospheres. Great album! I actually listened to it on repeat the first time I heard it! Many instruments going on you dont whats coming up next! I'm a big fan of Japanese music and the only "extreme" band I listened to was Dir En grey (and a dozen other Japanese bands I wont mention on a metal site.) This album is great! Come on, a Japanese that even covers Jazz music while still jammin some black metal.... What more could u ask for...!! It's awesome! 10/10
I think this will always be a great album that your average "metalhead" overpassed... Trust me.. Its fun! -cheers
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16.04.2012 - 03:00
Rating: 9
Nightfall
Their most bizarre work to date, and I absolutely love it.
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17.04.2012 - 06:55
Rating: 10
PowerThrash
This album has three 1 votes. What a load of shit...
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17.04.2012 - 07:02
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by PowerThrash on 17.04.2012 at 06:55

This album has three 1 votes. What a load of shit...

One of which is clear vote abuse: http://www.metalstorm.net/users/album_votes.php?user_id=130498
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17.04.2012 - 07:54
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
Written by Guest on 17.04.2012 at 07:02
One of which is clear vote abuse: http://www.metalstorm.net/users/album_votes.php?user_id=130498

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Prettier than BloodTears.
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17.04.2012 - 07:56
!J.O.O.E.!
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Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 07:54

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Pow, right in the kisser.
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17.04.2012 - 14:55
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Guest on 17.04.2012 at 07:56

Written by Troy Killjoy on 17.04.2012 at 07:54

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Pow, right in the kisser.


I'll kill all the fat guys now.
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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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20.05.2012 - 05:04
Rating: 6
esw1026
Although all the positive comments..... I failed to get into this album....
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Yoda rocks!!!
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20.05.2012 - 08:19
Troy Killjoy
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Written by esw1026 on 20.05.2012 at 05:04
I failed to get into this album....

Same. I've always thought of Sigh as being way too messy for my tastes. :/
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Prettier than BloodTears.
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20.05.2012 - 09:40
Rating: 6
esw1026
Written by Troy Killjoy on 20.05.2012 at 08:19

Written by esw1026 on 20.05.2012 at 05:04
I failed to get into this album....

Same. I've always thought of Sigh as being way too messy for my tastes. :/

Yah...... this album is not bad though.... It just doesn't fit my tastes too.
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Yoda rocks!!!
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30.08.2012 - 22:19
Rating: 9
Fat & Sassy!
Nomcat
As of now, "Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils" is in tough competition with "Slaughtergarden Suite" for being my favorite Sigh song. What a stunning progression of sounds... o_o
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"Information is not knowledge
Knowledge is not wisdom
Wisdom is not truth
Truth is not beauty
Beauty is not love
Love is not music
Music is THE BEST..." ____Frank Zappa
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13.12.2012 - 17:20
Rating: 9
NocturnalStalker
Metal Addict
A brilliant album. One of my favourites this year. Sigh's music sounds as inspired as ever.
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"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
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15.08.2013 - 18:55
Rating: 2
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Pure shit! ... 2 songs are average, the rest are shit!
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28.02.2015 - 12:18
Joe Zombie
Pure awesomeness All songs are the shit. If I had to choose a single favorite off this masterpiece it would be "The Transfiguration Fear."
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17.05.2015 - 04:29
Dima
Is that the Meads of Asphodel dude I hear? Sure sounds like it.
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17.05.2015 - 18:02
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Dima on 17.05.2015 at 04:29

Is that the Meads of Asphodel dude I hear? Sure sounds like it.


Yup, says right there on the guest list in this very page.

Guest musicians
Metatron - vocals, narration on 3 and 8

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Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29
Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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10.11.2015 - 14:03
Rating: 9
Paw!!
In Somniphobia is, in a word, Avant-garde bm masterpiece. "The Transfiguration Fear" ,"Equale: I) Prelude II) Fugato III) Coda" is again, the greatest song written in generations.
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