Japanese black metal legends Sigh are re-releasing their classic 1993 debut album ‘Scorn Defeat’ on August 28.
Scorn Defeat was originally released in 1993 after the band had signed to Mayhem guitarist Euronymous’ emerging Deathlike Silence Productions, with the album eventually surfacing following his death (and also dedicated in his honour).
Formed in 1989-90, Sigh featured mainman Mirai Kawashima, Satoshi Fujinami and Kazuki Ozeki.
With a deep appreciation for the black metal masters of the 80s such as Celtic Frost and Venom, Sigh would weave intricate keyboard textures and skilled piano composition courtesy of Kawashima among the Frost-fuelled riffing.
The lyrical content was also unusual for the time, incorporating strong elements of occultism and eastern mysticism to differentiate them somewhat from their Scandinavian peers.
Kawashima says Scorn Defeat is a magical album.
“Now we are more mature musicians with much more knowledge about music and better playing ability, but (or maybe I should say “therefore”) if we re-recorded it now, the album wouldn’t sound any better, as all the magic would be lost.
“What delights me the most is that the album we recorded almost 30 years ago is still loved and being newly re-released like this, which we never expected back then.
“This special release makes me proud and makes my life as a musician something meaningful.”
The album will be released as a special 2CD edition, including bonus rare demo and rough mix tracks and full live show, plus booklet interview with Kawashima.
It will also be available as a single LP on 180g white vinyl and digitally.
Scorn Defeat (reissue) is out August 28 via Peaceville Records
All formats are available to pre-order now
Physical – http://www.nervegas.com.au/Sigh
Digital – SighPeaceville.lnk.to/ScornDefeat