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The depths at which surrealism is achieved on this record is jaw-dropping. But the listener is not smacked in the face with mind-blowing weirdness right away. The first track, "Purgatorium", is only moderately weird. From there, the weirdness gets weirder until you're feeling the full brunt of insanity starting with track 4, "Somniphobia". This proves to be quite the tasteful move as you get that feeling of slowly descending into a devilishly fun state of madness.
And then there's "Amnesia". A steady, sleazy-sounding jazz metal monster of a tune thats probably the best on the album. And the one after it, "Far Beneath the In-Between" is almost as good.
To be quite honest I could sit here for hours typing out all the things I like about this record. Its a head-trip supreme and a work of immense creativity and originality. SIGH's "In Somniphobia" is one of the most intriguing albums on this side of reality... Highly reccomended.
I can't speak for their back catalog, but with this album, Sigh are pushing at the boundaries of what is acceptable to do in metal... and it works in every way. With each listen, all of the odd instrumental usage becomes more and more clear. The saxophone, the organs.... everything - it all builds up into a cohesive, nightmare-inducing whole. That's what comes to mind through the entire album. This could've been the soundtrack to a horror film. Not one of those cheesy horror films either, but the really screwed up ones that seem to leave a severe scar. The movies like "It."
Of the 11 tracks, the first two and last two are the only ones that can really be classified as true metal. They're all more guitar oriented, and deliver a contrast of viciousness and harmonious melodies. The third and ninth tracks are (oddly) the "opening" and "closing" tracks, which, in essence, do open and close up the very haunting and and eerie "Somniphobia" section of the album - this could actually have been released as its own album, and it would've worked tremendously well. It is in these songs that the haunting atmosphere is really built up, coming to its ultimate climax in "Amongst the Phantoms of Abandoned Tumbrils" at ~5:30 - ~6:20, which is truly a highlight of the entire album.Read more ›
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“In Somniphobia,” the ninth full-length offering from Japanese black metal visionaries Sigh, is a wild, shape-shifting, genre-defying, style-bender of an album. Read morePublished 21 months ago by A. Stutheit
I had never heard of these guys until last summer. Anyway, this album is mind blowing!!!! And I never use four exclamation points in a review- check my history if you think I'm... Read morePublished on September 17, 2013 by AwkwardstuffDOTcom