Guest musicians: Gus G. (Firewind): Guitar Solo [Confession To Be Buried, Silver Universe] Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquility): Guitar Solo [In a Drowse] Killjoy (Necrophagia): Voices, Narration [Confession To Be Buried, Silver Universe, Gavotte Grim] Gunface (The Red Chord): Guitar Solo [Messiahplan] Bruce Lamont (Yakuza): Saxophones [In a Drowse, The Enlightenment Day, Confession To Be Buried, Midnight Sun] Metatron (Meads of Asphodel): Narration [Confession To Be Buried] Paul Groundwell (Thine): Guitar Solo [Pale Monument]
By the end of the 1990s, Sigh were quite certainly Japan's best-known black metal export, but come the flip to a new millennium and their mind-blowing fifth album, 2001's Imaginary Sonicscape, their radical evolutionary curve arguably transcended even their eclectic genre's ultra-forgiving boundaries. With their startling combination of progressive, orchestral, jazz, psychedelic, and, yes, heavy metal music, that album's songs held themselves together as if by a miracle -- despite repeatedly challenging both songwriting convention and common sense to achieve a true triumph of "sonic imagination," as it were. This album introduces the new drummer Junichi. Satoshi is now the bass player. The album was remixed and remastered by James Murphy in 2007.