Sigh’s Mirai Kawashima chooses 5 most influential Japanese metal bands


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Since Sigh released his debut album in 1993, Defeat of contempt, the Japanese metal band tirelessly pushes the limits of their black metal sound. In 2001, they peaked with the release of Imaginary soundscape – their fifth album which incorporated a wide range of experimental elements into their extreme metal: from dub, reggae and Japanese folk to jazz fusion, to giggling babies and beyond.

Sigh’s continued drive to evolve has inspired many bands and fans across the world. On the eve of Imaginary Soundscape20th anniversary of, we met with conductor Mirai Kawashima to discuss some of his greatest inspirations, including the major non-metallic albums he listened to when Sigh was doing Imaginary soundscape.

Kawashima also weighed in with his picks for what he considers to be five of Japan’s most influential and pioneering heavy bands. Read the stories behind his choices below.

Abigail Video – Forever Street Metal Bitch (Full Album)


Abigail was the only band we were able to share our love for ’80s thrash metal with when we both started bands in the early’ 90s. We played together a few times, and Yasuyuki [Suzuki] played bass for us several times when Satoshi [Fujinami] could not participate in the tours. Yasuyuki is really loved by heavy metal fans all over the world.

Satan’s Godz Video


[Vocalist/bassist] Gezol is, like Yasuyuki, the beloved guy of all heavy-metal warriors. He knows a lot about heavy metal and Sabbat went his own way, which I appreciate. A true pioneer of Japanese extreme metal.

Video of Boris – Pink (Full album)


They sold a lot of albums while making some really original and creative music which is not easy to achieve! And their scene [presence] is extremely intense. I respect them and their attitude.

Video of Loudness – Disillusion | Japanese version (Full album)


I don’t think an explanation is required for Loudness. Akira Takasaki is obviously one of the best guitarists in the world, and everyone knows it! They did it in the ’80s when heavy metal was mainstream.

COFFINS Video – Beyond the Circular Demise [FULL ALBUM STREAM]


Coffins is one of the Japanese bands that foreign fans always talk about. They create their music regardless of what’s trending and what’s not. They are the real deal.

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