Posted by Imperator on 17th June, 2022 @ 21:23 UTCBy Imperator on 17-06-2022 @ 21:23 UTC

The band's next album will be titled "Shiki", and is scheduled for release on the 26th of August through Peaceville Records.

Sigh release new music video from upcoming album
Sigh release new music video from upcoming album

Legendary Japanese Black Metal act Japan Sigh have just released a brand new song, titled "Mayonaka No Kaii", in the form of an arty music video courtesy of Costin Chioreanu, check it out:


The song is ninth track from the band's upcoming full-length album, "Shiki", which is due for release on the 26th of August through Peaceville Records, marking their first album since signing to the label after departing Candlelight Records, and their 12th studio album overall.

The label elaborated on what listeners can expect:

With a journey through the strange and the psychedelic, incorporating a whole eclectic mix of genre styles & experimentation throughout their career, Sigh has remained a vital creative force in the avantgarde field whilst maintaining their old school roots. ‘Shiki’ marks the latest chapter in the Sigh legacy and includes some of the band’s heaviest and darkest material for some years; a fine hybrid of at times primitive black metal akin to early influences such as Celtic Frost amid more epic melodic heavy metal riffing and solos.

The album also utilises a whole host of instruments to give further texture and dynamics to the compositions and eerie atmosphere, incorporating traditional oriental instruments such as the Shakuhachi & Sinobue flutes.

The word "Shiki" itself has various meanings in Japanese such as four seasons, time to die, conducting an orchestra, ceremony, motivation, colour. The two primary themes for the album are "four seasons" and "time to die".

The concept and artwork is based around a traditional Japanese poem, and on ‘Shiki’ Mirai explores how at this stage of life he himself is going through Autumn, with Winter coming soon, and so empathises with the contrasting sentimental feelings from watching cherry blossoms (a symbol of spring) in full bloom.

Complete tracklist is as follows:

  1. Kuroi Inori
  2. Kuroi Kage
  3. Shoujahitsumetsu
  4. Shikabane
  5. Satsui - Geshi No Ato
  6. Fuyu Ga Kuru
  7. Shouku
  8. Kuroi Kagami
  9. Mayonaka No Kaii
  10. Touji No Asa

Here is the artwork up close:

Sigh Shiki

"Shiki" will be available in digital, CD, black vinyl LP and limited green vinyl LP formats, with pre-orders already underway:

Sigh Shiki Green Lp

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