Sigihl – Trauermärsche (And a Tango upon the World’s Grave) (Review)

Sigihl - Trauermärsche (And a Tango upon the World's Grave)

Hmm, been awhile since I last wrote a review. Guess I’ll start by saying that this band, a newcomer on the drone / black scene in Katowice, Poland, wasn’t that easy to research. But you probably don’t care about that. No, you’ve come here for the music. And let me tell you, brotha, you’re in for something unconventional as balls.

They call it drone jazz. At first exposure, I almost guarantee you’ll hate it if you’re not versed in drone acts that don’t use much in the way ov guitar, such as Like Drone Razors Through Flesh Sphere. But isn’t that the point ov most drone bands anyway? To make you revile them and their musical bloodletting? Personally, I found it unique. The saxophone as well-done, albeit a bit over-the-top in musical flair. If you’re expecting shit like Boney James or Kenny G, you’ve come to the wrong place. No, it’s dirty, gritty, and almost makes you feel like you have a godsdamn drug addiction and you haven’t had a fix in days. Especially track 2, Non Credo Quia Absurdum Est. The saxophone and bass are almost hypnotic in how they’re executed. Not that dissimilar from track 1, but whatevs. Drone isn’t supposed to be too varied anyway. Otherwise they’d just call it doom metal.

The third track sets a markedly jazzy tempo for the saxophone shredding at the beginning, giving it an almost abstract feel. Not really something I’d listen to unless I was doing something that didn’t require much focus. And another thing; the vocals change in style compared to Daymare and Absurdum. Both shrieked as well as bellowed in places, it keeps decent pace with what the other instrumentalists are doing.

All in all, it’s hard to pin a favorite track here. If I had to choose, I’d probably say Rite of Pain is it, simply because it sounds unique from the rest ov the album, at least in its intro and the bass. Otherwise, it all sorta blends into one schizophrenic drug trip akin to bees buzzing around in the back ov your skull. For a first attempt [at least that I’m aware ov,] it isn’t bad. Recommended for those that have an open mind and like drone.

– SS

Noteable track: The Rite of Pain

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