Sigh Reveals New Album, “Heir To Despair” Release Date, Premieres Track With Phil Anselmo

Japanese avant garde metal legends Sigh has revealed that their latest album, “Heir To Dispair” will be released on November 16th through Candlelight/Spinefarm Records. The band has also premiered a new song, “Homo Homini Lupus” featuring Down/Superjoint/ex Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo, which can be heard when pre-ordering the album here.

While the previous album “Graveward” (2015) was rather symphonic orchestral stuff, “Heir to Despair” is pointing at the completely opposite direction. Heavily inspired by old crazy progressive bands like Brainticket, Embryo, Agitation Free, Between, Gentle Giant, Os Mutantes, Modulo 1000, Black Widow, etc.,”Heir to Despair” turned out to be a heavy, psychedelic and exotic album filled with vintage keyboards and flute.

“Homo Homini Lupus” is the first track to be shared from the record featuring guest vocals from Phil Anselmo. Vocalist Mirai Kawashima comments,

“Homo Homini Lupus” is one of the fastest and the simplest tracks on “Heir to Despair”. Don’t expect other songs to sound like this. “Homo Homini Lupus” means “Man is wolf to man” in Latin. Thomas Hobbes referred to this verb to describe how men would act in the state of nature before we were civilized. The world shown in “The Walking Dead” series should be the best example of what we truly are. Men become wolves, or should I say men are wolves in their real nature. Look what our ancestors did during the wartime! Look what our ancestors did during famine! We have own wolves inside.”

Mirai met Phil 20 years ago when they were both in US death metal band, Necrophagia adding, “it is a great honor for us to finally have him on our album! He added a great atmosphere to the song with his very deep voices! It should be VERY easy for you to tell which parts were sung by Phil”.

What the band describes with this album is the world through the eyes of madness. Yes, the album is about insanity. Music on the album is varied as a mad man’s thoughts. It starts with psychedelic and exotic “Aletheia” but the following “Homo Homini Lupus” is rather a straightforward thrashy song with the typical Sigh twist. “In Memories Delusional” is a brutal tune with heavy Asian touches, which must be an new experience for everybody, while “Heresy Trilogy” is the representation of pure madness and insanity with lots of crazy stuff going on, which has nothing to do with metal at all. The album ends with the title track, which is a 10 minutes long progressive epic song.

It should be nothing surprising for Sigh fans, but the album got everything from extreme metal, 60’s / 70’s rock, jazz, classical, world music, dub, and noise. The music styles it covers are as wide as the world through the eyes of madness.

Also “Heir to Despair” can be taken as Sigh’s first attempt to intentionally take in Japanese / Asian musical feel. Mirai used some Japanese traditional singing techniques and the ex-Estradasphere Shamisen (the Japanese traditional instrument) master, Kevin Kmetz is featured on several songs. Moreover, 90% of the lyrics are in Japanese, which never happened on the past Sigh albums.

The album was mixed by a Canadian engineer, Phil Anderson, and mastered by Maor Appelbaum, who has worked with a lot of great artists such as Faith No More, Yes and Yngwie Malmsteen to name a few. Phil and Maor have a perfect combination and they have worked together on many projects. Thanks to them, “Heir to Despair” turned out the heaviest Sigh album.

The cover artwork, which exactly fits the concept of the album, was again drawn by Eliran Kantor. Eliran did the artworks for the past Sigh albums such as “Scenes from Hell” (2010) and “In Somniphobia” (2012).

Mirai adds, “I just suggested to Eliran that the album is about insanity and gave him some Japanese psychotropic drug advertisement from the 60s / 70s, which I love, to show him what kind of artwork I wanted. The result was perfect. The woman on the artwork looks ostensibly happy but the plant she’s watering is withering, and her room looks like a mess. This is what true insanity is about. This is what true horror is about. These days people are trying to pretend to be as happy as possible on SNS, but what kind of darkness do they have in their mind? You cannot draw the line between sanity and insanity any more.”

“Heir to Despair” tracklisting:

1. Aletheia
2. Homo Homini Lupus
3. Hunters Not Horned
4. In Memories Delusional

Heresy Trilogy

5. Heresy I: Oblivium
6. Heresy II: Acosmism
7. Heresy III: Sub Specie Aeternitatis

8. Hands of the String-puller
9. Heir to Despair.

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Nocratai Premiere New Song “I Spit in the Eyes of Christ” From Upcoming New Album “Tormento”

Industrial black metal outfit Nocratai premiere a new song entitled “I Spit in the Eyes of Christ”, taken from their upcoming new album “Tormento”, which will be co-released July 24th via GrimmDistribution (Belarus), The Ritual Productions (Netherlands) and Black Metal Records (USA).

Check out now “I Spit in the Eyes of Christ” below.

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Breaking Benjamin Debut New Song “Feed The Wolf” & Detail New Release “Ember”

Breaking Benjamin debut a second track from their new effort, “Ember“. Below you can find a stream of “Feed The Wolf” from the album. April 13th has been scheduled as the release date for “Ember” through Hollywood Records.

That release will run as follows:

01 – “Lyra”
02 – “Feed The Wolf”
03 – “Red Cold River”
04 – “Tourniquet”
05 – “Psycho”
06 – “The Dark Of You”
07 – “Down”
08 – “Torn In Two”
09 – “Blood”
10 – “Save Yourself”
11 – “Close Your Eyes”
12 – “Vega”

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Necropanther Streaming New Track

Colorado-based metal legion Necropanther will unleash the seething sounds of the Eyes Of Blue Light full-length next month. Eyes Of Blue Light will be self-released on February 23rd with preorders available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can listen to the opening track “Imperium Overture” below:

IMPERIUM OVERTURE by NECROPANTHER

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Necropanther Streaming New Track

Colorado-based metal legion Necropanther will unleash the seething sounds of the Eyes Of Blue Light full-length next month. Eyes Of Blue Light will be self-released on February 23rd with preorders available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can listen to the opening track “Imperium Overture” below:

IMPERIUM OVERTURE by NECROPANTHER

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Shattered Sun Premieres New Song “Keep Your Eyes Shut” From Upcoming New Album “The Evolution Of Anger”

Shattered Sun premieres a new song entitled “Keep Your Eyes Shut”, taken from the upcoming new album “The Evolution Of Anger”, which will be out in stores July 21st on Victory Records.

Check out now “Keep Your Eyes Shut” below.

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New Video Clip “Immortal In Your Eyes” Posted By Scarlet Aura

Romanian melodic metal/hard rock act Scarlet Aura released another video clip, this time for the song “Immortal In Your Eyes.” The song is lifted from the band’s latest album “Falling Sky,” which is available via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records.

Check out the video here:

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Lyric Video For New Song “The Roots Of Evil” Issued By The Way Of Purity

International animal liberation collective The Way of Purity released a lyric video for the new song “The Roots of Evil.” The song is taken from the album “The Majesty Of Your Becoming,” which just dropped yesterday via Wormholedeath.

The album’s track listing is:

1. The Clouds Behind Your Eyes
2. Disfigured By Karma
3. The Majesty Of Your Becoming
4. From The Nest To The Grave
5. Dare To Be Yourself
6. Sarin
7. Jakob
8. The Roots Of Evil
9. Noah
10. Eleven
11. Escape The Nest (Editors Cover)
12. Tide (Ilid Cover)

Check out “The Roots Of Evil” here:

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Deivos Announces New Album “Endemic Divine”

Two years after releasing “Theodicy,” Poland’s Deivos returns next month with a 5th full-length album entitled “Endemic Divine.”

The album brings forth 8 songs of heavy, brutal, and technical death metal, with pre-orders now online right here. The full track listing is as follows:

1. Daimonion
2. Apeiron
3. Sisters of Mercy
4. Dust of the Universe
5. Gods of Death
6. Through the Eyes of the Hangman
7. Courtesan
8. Endemic Divine

Endemic Divine by DEIVOS

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Conjonctive Reveals New Album “In The Mouth Of The Devil”

Conjonctive has announced that new album “In The Mouth Of The Devil” is due to drop March 10th, 2017 via Tenacity Music. The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Vladimir Cochet and will feature the following track listing:

1. Purgatory
2. You’re Next
3. Let Blow The Grim Wind
4. Falling In The Mouth Of The Devil
5. Down Into The Abyss
6. The Cult Of The Shining Planet
7. Burn Your Eyes
8. Hills Of Abomination
9. Defeat The Red Sun
10. Constellations & Black Holes

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