I do not often dabble in this genre but when I got this promo I thought I would give it a shot, and I am glad I did. Sigh For Sigh is the debut EP from Zeresh which consists of one member, Tamar Singer from Israel who is also in Cruel Wonders. The album is dedicated to her grandparents, who have all passed away. Throughout the album you can really feel the sadness as it takes form in the shape of music with not just dark folk but also doom and dark ambient elements. Add the lyrics being taken from poems by William Ernest Henley and Alexander Blok and you got yourself a quite fine album that does the trick.
As I stated before though, this isn’t really my kind of music (just like I can not get into Chelsea Wolfe for example). While I think the lyrics and parts of the music is good it’s not that captivating for me like for example the latest Raven Throne album, hence the score you see down bellow. Sometimes you got to try something new however and Zeresh debut surely got me more interested in the genre and I might just go back to this album in a few year just to see this as a starting point where I got into dark folk metal. This album is more about what’s behind the music in itself for me though and for that Sigh For Sigh is a nice example on how you can use music to express yourself. There is a lot of emotions into the album and I just wish I could get into the melodies more. Who knows that might change with time and I will call myself a fool for not grasping Zeresh fully.
Label: 999 Cuts
For fans of: Chelsea Wolfe and Cruel Wonders
Release date: January 18th, 2018
Favorite song: O, Gather Me the Rose