March 19, 2012

Sigh - In Somniphobia

Artwork by Eliran Kantor

Sigh's In Somniphobia has just been released on the Candlelight Records Bandcamp. At the core this is black metal. But it is black metal featuring oriental sounding passages (courtesy of the Sarangi, an Indian string instrument), drops of electronic circus music, a blackened lounge song complete with porn sax, hand clapping and squelching keyboards, accordion and chanting, buried trip-hop beats. And so on. And so forth.

There are few blast beats, and very little tremolo picking; most of the blackness is in the vocals. As Dan Obstkrieg puts it in this review from Metal Review:

In Somniphobia is not particularly heavy in any conventional sense, but is so dense and unremitting in its strangeness that you would never really threaten to call it “light”.

It is also fun and catchy, has a much better production than Sigh's previous album Scenes From Hell and is littered with awesome solos, ranging from NWoBHM shredders to jazzy Santana style licks. Read more in these two reviews from Angry Metal Guy and No Clean Singing, and check it out.

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