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4.20 | 38 ratings | 3 reviews | 37% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1997

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hail Horror Hail (5:07)
2. 2 49 (7:43)
3. 12 Souls (6:56)
4. Burial (1:30)
5. The Dead Sing (7:14)
6. Invitation To Die (5:17)
7. Pathetic (2:21)
8. Curse Of Izanagi (6:01)
9. Seed Of Eternity (9:19)

Total time 51:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Shinichi Ishikawa / electric & acoustic guitars, bass
- Mirai Kawashima / bass, vocals, synth, piano, Hammond, vocoder, sampling & programming, Fx
- Satoshi Fujinami / drums, triangle, tambourine, guiro, vibraslap, handclap

Releases information

Artwork: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (XIX cent.)

CD Cacophonous Records ‎- NIHIL 24CD (1997, UK)

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SIGH Hail Horror Hail ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(37%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (21%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
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Review by UMUR
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4 stars Hail Horror Hail is the third studio album from Japanese experimental extreme metal act Sigh. Their debut album Scorn Defeat (1993) was primitive blackened thrash metal and not to my taste while their second album Infidel Art (1995) showed great promise but still lacked the final touch to really impress me. Hail Horror Hail is almost everything I hoped it would be as the band has progressed in an even more experimental/ avant garde direction since the release of Infidel Art.

The basis in the music is still blackened thrash metal/ heavy metal but the orchestral classical elements in the music that was introduced on Infidel Art are now fully developed and a dominant part of Sighīs sound. The experimental side of Sigh is also present on Hail Horror Hail. Listen to the jazzy keyboard solo in 12 Souls or the song Invitation to Die which almost could have fit into the symhonic prog catagory had it not been for the raspy vocals. On earlier releases from Sigh Iīve complained about the generic guitar and drums and even though the riffs are still not outstanding they fit the music well and itīs the same with the drums. This is the kind of music were everything works in favour of the big picture. Or in other words the compositions and the atmosphere of the songs. And that approach works well for Sigh who donīt need virtuosic guitar solos or technical drumming to make excellent music. The overall sound is very aggressive which is very much due to Mirai Kawashima vocals. A really convinsing performance from him. I have to mention the title track too which opens the album in melodic metal style. Thereīs almost an Iron Maiden like melodic approach in the song and modern melodic Swedish death metal also comes to mind. A very interesting track and a great opener. Itīs not very representitive for the album though so remember to listen to a couple of songs more before you judge.

The musicianship is excellent. Drums, bass and guitar are good but not excellent as mentioned but the vocals and the synths are excellent and really lifts Hail Horror Hail to another dimension.

The production is not the usual clean modern metal production that most metal bands prefer. Sigh has a more organic sound on guitar, bass and drums while the synths create a good but not really convinsing orchestra sound. The synth and piano are also used for horror like movie score pieces which are great for the atmosphere of the album.

Hail Horror Hail took some time to sink in and Iīve raised my rating from 3 to 4 stars after repeated listening. Iīve really thought about it and I think Sigh has made a very original album with Hail Horror Hail and at the same time an album that I greatly enjoy. Therefore a 4 star rating is deserved.

Review by Prog Sothoth
4 stars Envision an oil on canvas painting of a pastoral landscape in which the sun is replaced by a Kardashian buttocks.

Within the musical landscapes of Hail Horror Hail, Sigh breaks with tradition in almost every song concerning the ultra-serious black metal genre by tossing in some unexpected elements that not only add variety and depth to the proceedings, but, in my case at least, lots of humour (intentional or not) as well. It's not like the band isn't trying to play good black metal of the first generational variety (Venom and early Celtic Frost as opposed to the Norwegian stuff of the early 90s) with added symphonic elements, it just seems like they can't help but throw in something really off the wall somewhere in many of their tracks...unique for sure, but not always fitting. That isn't to say this album is not an artistic certainly is...but it's not for all tastes, including many fans of black metal who would scowl and curse the night sky at the xylophone melodies in "Curse of Izanagi" or the keyboard runs mimicking a saxophone in "12 Souls".

What helps make this album work is the seeming seriousness of the lyrics. They are the typical evil sadistic and devil worshipping variety of verse, shrieked out with abandon by Mirai to the point where he sometimes sounds like he's exhausted towards the end of certain tracks. This, along with the doom influenced black metal template they follow sets the landscape. The goofy things such as the slo-mo robotic vocals and bombastic cheesy and rather happy sounding symphonic passages are like a giant rump in the sky...something that shouldn't be there, but it is, and it's up to you to decide what to think.

Two songs deserve special mention. The opening track is a killer. It plays more like a doomy hard rock track with a powerful guitar sound and some serious kick-ass blues solos. Blues solos! The lyrics are dark, but the music is so much fun that it reminds me that Satan hasn't often been so groovy since Black Widow's Sacrifice. The other track is "Invitation To Die". It's a one-of-a-kind for sure as Mirai shrieks and rasps over beautiful, sweet and peaceful synthesizer melodies. It's ridiculous, yet ridiculously entertaining. Although the rest of the album isn't quite at that level of insanity, it's an interesting yet somewhat bizarre piece of artwork.

Review by Warthur
5 stars An early masterpiece from Sigh finds them shifting from the straight-ahead black metal of their early releases into what you might describe as symphonic black metal style - but only if the symphony in question were composed by Mr. Bungle or something. The opening title track almost resembles a hybrid power-thrash metal piece, with only the shrieked vocals keeping us anchored in black metal territory, and then the rest of the album takes us on a delirious tour de force, with moods ranging from the manic (like in the enigmatic 42 49) to the epic (like album centrepiece The Dead Sing, which conjures a landscape where "even the dead CRY FOR HELP!").

If you want find the spot where Sigh definitively stepped away from the second wave Norwegian black metal forces they'd been allied with in their early years and became their own unique channel of chaos and nightmare into the world, then Hail Horror Hail is where it all happens. Give it several listens, because you won't unpack everything in this movie for your ears right away.

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