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Heir To De­spair

CAN­DLE­LIGHT Ja­panese ec­centrics ex­tend their gar­den of un­earthly de­lights 1997’s Hail Hor­ror Hail was our first ev­i­dence that Ja­pan’s most cult black me­tal en­tity had snapped, and they’ve been deliri­ously bounc­ing around their own mul­ti­coloured padded cell ever since. On their 11th al­bum since 1993, Sigh still defy con­ven­tion and clas­si­fi­ca­tion, con­tin­u­ally piquing the lis­tener’s in­ter­est with rapid ideas and sounds tum­bling out of left­field; we should all by now know that mul­ti­in­stru­men­tal­ist front­man Mi­rai Kawashima com­bines a vi­sion­ary streak with a puck­ish sense of hu­mour and an eclec­tic set of ob­ses­sions (Venom, Bond sound­tracks, krautrock) that are merged and per­verted like Freudian dream mo­tifs in a Dali paint­ing. Dizzy­ing, quirky, com­pul­sive and crammed with febrile in­ci­dent as ever,

Heir To De­spair digs deeper than usual into Ja­panese mu­si­cal tra­di­tions while full-blood­edly em­brac­ing their wack­i­est 70s psych-prog ten­den­cies and main­tain­ing a spine of manic 80s oc­cult thrash. No flies on Sigh.

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