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As other reviewers have already mentioned, Sigh is hard to classify, because they refuse to stay within the boundaries of any one genre. It’s metal, all right, but the entire album is laced with so many different musical styles, from psychedelic rock to hard bop, that it becomes impossible to define them!
On Imaginary Sonicscape, Sigh experiments more than have ever before, taking what’d they had accomplished on Hail Horror Hail[ even further. Unlike other metal bands whose jazz and psychedelic influences can often be very discreet, Sigh makes them glaringly obvious: from the totally popish melodies in Sunset Song to the jazzy solo in Eecstatic Transformation. What’s more, Sigh tends to put on a very theatrical feel throughout the entire album, be it through handclapping, synths, or even flutes. Yet Sigh never puts it on too thick, and manages to blend all these different styles seamlessly.
Very similar to prog, Imaginary Sonicscape adds in a variety of different song structures, textures, and moods from song to song, which also adds to the theatrical aspect of the album. The best part is you never know what the hell to expect. One moment Sigh could be putting out a killer riff, then the next moment jump into a creepy theatrical interlude, yet still manage to make the transition as seamless as possible with no awkward moments to be found. This is avant-garde metal at it’s best.
“Eecstatic Transformation” is probably the best track on the album, which highlights Sigh’s songwriting as well as their jazzy influences. There’s one point in the song where Sigh has a nice little riff going, then take a 180 degree turn into a very melodic, spacious interlude that sends chills down my spine every time I hear it. “Corpsecry Angelfall”, “Scarlet Dream”, “Sunset Song”, and “Bring Back the Dead” are some other standout tracks as well, but there really isn’t a bad track on Imaginary Sonicscape.
All in all, Imaginary Sonicscape won’t be your bag if you’re expecting some traditional BM (or BM at all, for that matter), but you're sure to love it if you're into avant-garde styles of metal.