Release Date: 04 December 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|SO HIDEOUS LAURESTINE Limited Gatefold Vinyl LP + Download
Having formed in 2008 and with two EPs and a full-length under their belts, Brooklyn's orchestral post-rock / post-black metal outfit, SO HIDEOUS, are set to release their most ambitious offering to date with their seven song conceptual opus, "Laurestine". A monumental achievement for fans of Alcest, Arvo Part, Deaf Heaven and Sigur Ros perhaps...
It's safe to say that SO HIDEOUS write music a little differently than most bands of their genre. Each song is initially written on piano with the orchestration being the second part of the process. The guitars, bass and drums fall into place only after the orchestral foundation is complete. The band recorded "Laurestine" at The Wild Arctic Recording Studio in Portsmouth, NH with producer Dean Baltulonis (Brand New, The Explosion, Sick of it All). Orchestral elements were recorded a few weeks later at Little Field Performance & Art Space in Brooklyn, NY by Chris Montgomery (Mumford And Sons, Lily Allen, Florence And The Machine). Assembled by the band members, the thirty-piece orchestra is known as The First Light Orchestra, which consists of brass and string sections and also includes a small choir. The result is a more dynamic interplay between the band and orchestra with both aspects treated not as support or accouterments, but fully formed expressions able to exist without the other. To compliment the musical achievement that is "Laurestine", SO HIDEOUS brought on Italian illustrator/comic artist Daniel Serra (Shining SW) to handle the elaborate album artwork.
SO HIDEOUS's unique approach to songwriting and attention to the album's overall theme is what truly separates them from the countless other bands of the post-whatever genres. Many critics have taken note of this, giving high praise to the band. ""Epic" and "Raw" are both terms which get thrown around to describe metal bands all the time, but in the case of SO HIDEOUS, they really are the most fitting descriptors” – METAL SUCKS. “It’s deep. It’s profound. It’s astounding. Everything this band does has led up to this release and I have never heard anything so magnificent." – AMERICAN AFTERMATH
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