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Scenes from Hell

Sigh Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 19, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B002Y1L502
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #212,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Prelude to the Oracle
2. L'art de Mourir
3. The Soul Grave
4. The Red Funeral
5. The Summer Funeral
6. Musica in Tempora Belli
7. Vanitas
8. Scenes from Hell

Editorial Reviews


Sigh's Scenes From Hell is the first great metal album of 2010.

While Mirai Kawashima and John Williams is an unequivocal comparison, Scenes from Hell does contain cinematic orchestrations. Whether using classical instruments or working the sounds through keyboards, Sigh is truly a symphonic black metal act. --Blistering

Symphonic jazz and scathing black metal--on paper something that would never work but some how Sigh makes it happen . . . They like to add very trippy elements to it all then I swear Danny Elfman is a member of the band at times. --Absolute Zero Media

Product Description

Since their birth in 1990, Japanese metal band Sigh has pushed boundaries with each and every release. Often labeled as a black metal band, Sigh s music has been and continues to be inspired by various styles including 80 s thrash, classical jazz, 60 s/70 s rock and other less categorizable genres.

Scenes from Hell, the group s 8th proper studio album, expands on these genres/influences from the last forty years of rock but this time featues an additional arsenal: guest vocals from David Tibet (Current 93) and Kam Lee adding a dimension never found in metal, and the use of instruments usually reserved for symphony halls: trumpet, trombone, tuba, flute, oboe, clarinet, and strings which add an intense, otherwordly symphonic quality to the music. Scenes From Hell is black art metal as it should be: loud, all-encompassing and intense.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progressive Black Metal: Ska+Death & Gogol Bordello? February 3, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The first thing I notice when kicking this album up is the lo-fi production. The drums are mixed in the background with a distinctly thin garage feel. This is a bit of a turn-off for me as I was used to the ultra-clean production from "Imaginary Sonicscape."

Musically the first track integrates Spanish horns... this is probably the first time I've ever heard a black-metal type band do this. I don't personally find this a bad thing, but purists should probably steer clear here as the rest of the album continues to explore odd musical territory like this.

The second track mixes in some east-European gypsy elements similar to what you'd expect to hear from acts like Gogol Bordello. This continues on to track three, as they borrow elements from classical Russian compositions. (Not sure which, but it is distinct.)

I stopped in my tracks towards the end of "Musica in Tempora Belli." A haunting poem recited by someone (not from the band) with some exquisite lyrics that give the perfect backdrop into the next song, "Vanitas." This was a turning point for me on this album.

Track 4 breaks from the eastern euro elements, grabbing in a feel that is distinctly ska in flavor, ending with another Spanish horn fiesta. Track 5 recreates the old dirge "Lower the Casket." I love it and though its probably the slowest track, it is familiar from a Sigh standpoint and I like it accordingly. Towards the end there's an awesome bluesy solo that was unexpected to the classical tinges of this track.

Overall this band has gone into what I would consider completely uncharted territory... enough so that its hard to really place it amongst the catacombs of metal. However, I'm not 100% on the execution...
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5.0 out of 5 stars not the sigh we're used to, but they never are March 12, 2010
Format:Audio CD
black metal meets gypsy jazz in this return to excellence. while the previous album, hangman's hymn, was irritating and stealthily pop-based despite its prevalence of brass and use of leitmotifs, scenes from hell is gloomy, raw, and highly narrative music that possesses a hidden complexity without returning to the complete avant-garde schizophrenia that defined pre-2000 sigh material. beautiful album art, by the way. let it grow on you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal January 17, 2011
By KFBR392
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
For any fans of the Melvins, Neurosis or Fantomas. You will appreciate this album. Top notch. Top notch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scandinavians, eat your heart out! February 26, 2010
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Totally original, totally rockin'. Who said soul-wrenching, evil, extreme metal had to come from Europe?! It's a shame more metal fans haven't heard of Sigh because these guys do a good job at shaking up the status quo, especially this time around. These guys have cooked up a true masterpiece--one that makes you say: "I haven't heard anything quite like this!" An entertaining, provocative listen from start to finish!
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By FinH
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The content of 'Scenes from Hell' is vividly reflected in the cover art, as the album is a decidedly more brutal , "metal" offering than some of Sigh's more psychedelic experimental work. The band benefits from the addition of new female recruit Dr. Mikannibal's saxophones and harsh, gutteral vocals (which work well in a "call-and-response" format with frontman Mirai's screeching). Notably absent are the clean vocals from albums such as 'Gallows Gallery'.
The album is highly symphonic, with a great many orchestral instruments thrown into the mix, and Mirai is at the top of his game as far as arrangements and composition goes. 'Scenes from Hell' is actually a fairly straightforward piece of work, by Sigh's standards, and is not nearly as bizarrely eclectic and diverse as some of their other efforts. The strings and horns add a keen, atmospheric edge, whilst there are enough propulsive, driving beats and savage guitar riffs to keep the headbanging contingent happy.
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