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Sigh Still Crazy as Fuqq on New Song “Homo Homini Lupus”

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Art by Eliran Kantor

If you thought, perhaps, that the day had come when Sigh’s genre-bending brand of black metal finally stopped being batshit crazy, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. I was shocked to realized that their new song, “Homo Homini Lupus”*, is only five-and-half-minutes long, because it feels like a goddamn prog opus: it’s bookended by what sounds like early-’90s power metal, changes abruptly into what might be traditional BM if not for some operatic male vocals, moves into a death metal chorus, includes an abundance of cascading NWOBHM-style guitars, and at least one section that feels like metal’s answer to the score for an Ed Wood movie (3:16). And it’s all good! And it all somehow feels like one coherent piece of music!

It also apparently features guest vocals by Phil Anselmo, although I can’t quite figure out which voice is his — I’m assuming it’s the baritone death metal growls, but it’s funnier to think it’s the angelic voice in the aforementioned B-movie score section.

“Homo Homini Lupus” will appear on Sigh’s new album, Heir to Despair, which comes out November 19 on Candlelight, and includes what may be the year’s creepiest album art (by the reliably-great Eliran Kantor, above). Hilariously, the band is already shit-talking the record themselves:


*The title is Latin for “One Man Wolf.” I have no clue what that means. For some time, I’ve been operating under the impression that Mirai Kawashima exists on a different plane of existence from most of us; I’ll chalk the title up to that.

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