Have Ghost B.C. Gone Insane?

On forensic examination of this video, including frame by frame analysis, metadata extraction and one of those big blue semen lights they always use on CSI for some reason, I have determined this video is not in fact Ghost B.C.having finally taken the step from lovably kooky to super crazy. It’s actually Japanese extreme metallers Sigh, who most likely are not nuts despite what the music sounds like, known for being one of the first black metal bands in Japan and for producing music that could  make Ozzy spit out the bat-head to say “That’s fucked up man.” I feel like the best description of this latest song is psychedelic black metal with symphonic elements. You didn’t know this was a genre? That’s okay, neither did I. Sigh are cutting their own path here, with a sound that’s part shrieking black metal riffage and part prog rock noodling. And then they take those parts and throw them at your face. At breakneck speed. The amount of ideas packed into the four minute song is staggering, traditional ideas and insane musical ranting living side by side and forced to cooperate. The chorus is instantly appealing without being pandering, almost Gregorian chanting put in the blend with the black metal croaking in a call and response style. I like this a lot. Honestly, I have no idea why it works. But it does. Check out the video below and Sigh’s iTunes here.

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2 thoughts on “Have Ghost B.C. Gone Insane?

  1. Their new stuff is getting ever-more wacky and avant-garde, but is still exceptionally good as you suggest. If you haven’t done so, I’d highly recommend checking out 2001’s Imaginary Sonicscape. Imagine how that album was received nearly 15 years ago from a band that had previously been thought of as just a black metal band from Japan! It’s still one of my all-time favourite albums.

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