2013 and 1/3: The Best Albums of the 2010s (So Far)

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“The Summer Funeral”

Sigh: “The Summer Funeral”

With a history of fusing other revered genres to a doomy combination of black metal and thrash, Japan’s Sigh used its eighth studio album to deliver symphonic, epic metal that calls upon classical instrumentation to top its rock foundation.

Brass, woodwind, and string instruments — as well as organ and piano — accent as well as lead sinister melodies that take surprising turns through fanciful themes. Raspy, menacing vocals coat each track, resulting in a dramatic presentation that isn’t much at odds with its complex backdrop.

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