Friday, October 9, 2015


With the release of So Hideous' monumental sophomore album, Laurestine, one week away, AllMusic presents a stream of the entire album.

Experience Laurestine, here.

One continuous piece of music from start to finish, Laurestine is a supremely intense journey in sound, created with the help of a 30-piece orchestra. Through its music and lyrics, the album tells a story of one man's post-mortem odyssey toward an afterlife. Influenced heavily by film scores, Laurestine brings modern classical composition into the realm of metal and hardcore, resulting in a truly "post-metal" experience that is technically awe-inspiring and emotionally ravaging. 

Laurestine was recorded by Dean Baltulonis (Lucero, Sick of It All) and by Chris Montgomery (Lily Allen, Mumford & Sons). 

Whilst connected to the current Brooklyn scene that also counts Tombs, Sannhet, and Primitive Weapons in its ranks, this band of native New Yorkers owns its own unique voice and occupies its own space, set apart by the grandeur of its orchestral arrangements.

A Laurestine record release show is set for October 24th at New York's legendary DIY performance space, ABC No Rio. Info, here.

Pre-order Laurestine from Prosthetic Records, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from iTunes, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Amazon, here.
Pre-order Laurestine from Bandcamp, here.
Buy merch from the band's official store, here.

"So Hideous blends metal, ambient and classical sounds on their second LP, Laurestine... A complete vision worth listening to in one sitting."

"Envy-with-blastbeats... the symphonic tracks add depth and scope to the band's extroverted guitar melodies."

"Emotionally devastating... moments of aching beauty"

"Metal heavily influenced by the sound of film scores... Atmospheric bliss."
–Mass Appeal

"Devastating, end-of-the-world type shit, putting screamo, post-rock, and atmospheric black metal in a blender and really letting those modern classical influences shine with the orchestral parts."

"A strong orchestral presence... Citing Beethoven as an influence, [guitarist/composer Brandon] Cruz has also described So Hideous' music as soundtrack scores for movies that don't exist yet."

–Invisible Oranges

Photo by Dean Chooch Landry