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SCORN DEFEAT

Sigh

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.06 | 20 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Scorn Defeat is the debut studio album from Japanese experimental black metal act Sigh. Even this early in the bands career itīs safe to say that they didnīt sound like other black metal bands.

The basic structure and ideas in the music comes from early thrash metal pioneers like Slayer, Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, Venom and Celtic Frost but Sigh is also influenced by bands like Mayhem and Darkthrone ( who themselves were influenced by the mentioned bands). This is of course not unusual for a black metal band in 1993, but Sigh adds lots of keyboards to their sound which makes it pretty atmospheric at times and a couple of weird ideas also emerge from time to time like the rockīnīroll guitar solo in the middle of A Victory of Dakini. The tempo is mostly kept in mid-pace but there are some really doomy Black Sabbath like riffs here and there. The best example of that is the start riff in Taste Defeat. The pace shift to fast a couple of times too, but there are no blast beats on the album.

The musicianship is a bit questionable. The strongly accented raspy vocals are pretty strong and powerful IMO and they are without a doubt one of the main attractions on Scorn Defeat. The interplay is not very good though and why on earth the guitarist didnīt tune his guitar before recording the album is a mystery to me.

The sound is below standard, but pretty average for an early black metal production. I donīt enjoy it much.

I canīt really decide if I should laugh or cry because this is mostly very amateurish and demo like if you ask me. On the other side itīs obvious that Sigh has many great ideas and I welcome that part of their sound. A small 2 star rating is deseved for Scorn Defeat. Fans of the above mentioned bands might be able to get something out of this album but then again they might not ( I for one am a fan of most of the above mentioned bands and not very impressed by Scorn Defeat). But thatīs the audience the album is directed at.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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