Japan's SIGH have announced that their new album, In Somniphobia, will be released in March, 2012, via Candlelight Records.
In Somniphobia is a sonic nightmare that lasts for more than an hour. The musical direction is pretty much far removed from that of the last two albums, Scenes From Hell and Hangman's Hymn. It is not easy to describe its direction, but probably one can say that it is something between Imaginary Sonicscape, Hail Horror Hail and Gallows Gallery, or rather, simply a nightmarish version of Imaginary Sonicscape.
Put heavy metal, classical music, jazz, Indian traditional music, Stockhausen, and Xenakis into a cauldron of hell and stir it, you'll get In Somniphobia. This is surrealistic, ethnic, druggy, atmospheric and definitely scary! Lots of vintage gems were used in the making of the album such as a Minimoog, Prophet-5, Clavinet D-6, Roland RE-201 Space Echo etc. along with some ethnic instruments like Indian Sarangi, Sitar, Tampura, and Tabla.
Kam Lee (ex-MASSACRE, BONE GNAWER, etc.) and Metatron (THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL) cooperated with the lyrics and the vocals for 'Lucid Nightmares'. The album artwork, by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, ANACRUSIS), can be seen below:
In Somniphobia tracklisting:
'The Transfiguration Fear'
i) Opening Theme: Lucid Nightmare
iii) L'excommunication A Minuit
v) Far Beneath The In-Between
vi) Amongst The Phantoms Of Abandoned Tumbrils
vii) Ending Theme: Continuum
'Fall To The Thrall'