EXCLUSIVE IN-STUDIO REPORT FROM SIGH’S MIRAI KAWASHIMA, PART I: “THIS IS HELL! THIS IS WAR! THIS IS DEATH!”
When Sigh mainman Mirai Kawashima offered to do a series of blogs from the studio where the band is recording their new album, Scenes from Hell, it was an opportunity too cool for us to pass up. Below find Mirai’s first entry; more will follow in coming days and weeks. Enjoy!
OK, before we start the actual studio report, we’d like to begin this blog by talking a bit about our 8th album, Scenes from Hell.
Yes, now it’s simply entitled Scenes from Hell, instead of Scenes from Hell/Tempore Belli/Vanitas. There are several reasons that we cut the title short, but the biggest one is that the length was pretty much annoying! There are going to be eight tracks on the album, with titles such as “The Sould Grave,” “The Red Funeral,” and “L’art de Mourir.” The musical direction is not that far from that off from Hangman’s Hymn, but the songs are longer, more sinister and a bit more varied, and they all are about hell, war and death! This will be the perfect score to old war movies or Godzilla (The first one, of course!).
The biggest difference between this album and the previous ones is that we’re using the real orchestral instruments such as a string quartet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, flute, oboe, clarinet and so on. The score is very huge – the one for strings exceeds 100 pages! Definitely the orchestration sounds extremely vivid and powerful this time, and I can safely assure that this will be by far the most grandoise album by Sigh!
Also this is going to be the first original album that features Dr. Mikannibal. She’s playing the alto, tenor and batirone saxophones along with taking care of some of the vocals.
The next report will be about her vocal recordings. She always gets naked when she records the vocals claiming that she feels much more energy like that…
While you picture Dr. Mikannibal naked in the studio, know that Scenes from Hell will be out later this year on The End Records.