Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Extreme Metal / Progressive Death Metal
Release date: 27 April, 2015
Playing time: 49:35

It's interesting how Sigh always sound like themselves but still change certain variables to make each release different from the last one. “Graveward” takes their unique brand of extreme progressive black metal and adds an orchestral element plus clean vocals which really counterpoint Mirai’s harsh vocals nicely.

“Graveward” is Sigh’s take on symphonic metal. “The Tombfiller” gallops along with an almost triumphant feel. Yet the orchestral sounds menacing at the same time, complete with chanting. That’s how Sigh does things. It’s never as straightforward as you are expecting, plus there are plenty of twists and turns. The relentless riff and harmonics on “The Forlorn” are about as straightforward as Sigh gets but even then Mirai’s insane vocals (“I am not dead!”) make sure you aren’t comfortable.

“The Molesters of My Soul” has a great opening sledgehammer riff before the song gets incredibly weird. Orchestration battling electronics? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of guitar holding it together. “Out of the Grave” is another hyperactive track with blazing guitars and which despite its overall insanity, it is much more organized and polished than the demo that was posted. Plus, it's HUGE sounding like the whole album is. There are so many instruments and layers on each track that it's the most epic sounding album Sigh has done!

The bottom line is that Sigh are back and once again sound like Sigh. So many bands want to be unique and fail miserably. Sigh are unique. They take their blueprint sound and throw other ingredients into the mix to make sure each album has its own sound. Sigh will never be huge with the masses but that’s one of the reasons I love them. “Graveward” is another insane chapter in the twisted gospel of metal according to Sigh.

01. Kaedit Nos Pestis
The Tombfiller
The Forlorn
The Molesters Of My Soul
Out of the Grave
The Trial By The Dead
The Casketburner
A Messenger From Tomorrow
Dwellers In A Dream
Label: Candlelight Records
Distribution: Plastic Head
Reviewed by: Rob Pociluk
Date: 22 April, 2015
Website: Sigh on Facebook