Job : We’ve always known that the Japanese are batshit crazy. It’s apparent in almost every part of their culture and that’s maybe why it has such a large appeal in the west. That weirdness also seeps into their music and whether it’s Dir en Grey or that weird (but awesome) drummer in a cat suit absolutely obliterating kid’s nursery rhymes online (look it up, it’s insane), it’s because of it being so different that many Japanese bands find footing in the west. Sigh is one of those bands and has been at it since 1990, making ‘Heir to Despair’ the eleventh (!) album. On ‘Heir to Despair’, the band races from traditional Japanese instrumentation (‘Aletheia’) to straight up thrashy power metal (‘Homo Homini Lupus’ – which might remind some people of a modern Iron Maiden song even) to classic thrashy goodness (‘In Memories Delusional’). The album is definitely multifaceted and has a lot of sides for sure, but at the cost of accessibility. It’s better than ‘Graveward’ from 2016, for sure (if only for its way better production value), but still might leave some listeners wondering what is going on.