So Hideous Fans: Tour Announcement and New(ish) Album

Did you enjoy blackened/hardcore/orchestral/cinematic dreamers So Hideouss lush sophomore release Laurestine? Did you secretly hope that you’d get a chance to see the band perform material from that album live? Were you hoping for an orechestral version of the album with metal components stripped away? Well, my friend, you’re in luck.

Fans of So Hideous may recall from the interview I conducted with front man and visionary Brandon Cruz that the orchestral elements of Laurestine, performed by the string, brass, and choral ensemble known as the First Light Orchestra, were an integral part of that album’s vibrant, cinematic feel. In fact, I commented on my review of Laurestine that, “The string arrangements are what keep you enthralled as you undergo grief, denial, and ultimately absolution alongside the protagonist; the metal elements are just another piece of the grander puzzle, accenting the arrangements and adding a palpable gravity to the danger-fraught sonic journey.”

Cruz then must have been conscious of the high regards for the FLO’s efforts, as the band is set to release a stripped down, purely orchestral version of Laurestine on May 6th via Prosthetic Records. This new version of the album removes the vocals and guitars but keeps a minimal, quiet backbeat driven by Danny Moncada’s drums. The end result is a record that feels new and fresh, like the luxurious blooms of spring bursting forth from the desiccated husks of winter. It’s a calming, almost sensory mix that acts less like a guide through the afterlife and more like a calm night of watching eternity unfold in the stars above.

Unfortunately, there aren’t any tracks available yet, so you’ll have to make due with listening to the original version of Laurestine again.

If you still prefer the metal version, you’ll get a chance to see the band perform live in a smattering of dates across the western U.S. and Canada as the band embarks on a short May tour co-headlining with Bosse-de-Nage. Dates below.

5/5 Tempe, AZ – Yucca Tap Room #
5/6 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress #
5/7 San Diego, CA – The Merrow #
5/8 Los Angeles, CA – The Lexington #
5/9 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium #
5/10 Sacramento, CA – Starlite Lounge #
5/11 Portland, OR – Panic Room #
5/12 Seattle, WA – Funhouse #
5/13 Vancouver, BC – Funky Winkerbeans #
5/14 Eugene, OR – Black Forest #
5/15 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room #
# with Bosse-de-Nage

As always, you can still pick up Laurestine on Bandcamp and swing by Facebook to tell So Hideous, “Hello!”

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Published on: April 27, 2016

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  • Elegant Gazing Globe


  • thats cool news, a shame this is all west coast . . . yet again

  • Joaquin Stick

    … I moved to the wrong coast. Bosse-de-Nage on the ticket as well!? Those will be some good shows.

  • EsusMoose

    Yeah not even close to me, interested in hearing the stripped down version

  • Had to Google “Funky Winkerbeans”. Looks like a rad venue to play.

  • This is an interesting format. Thanks for sharing the information, Dubs!

  • “# with Bosse-de-Nage”

    Every single date is with Bosse-de-Nage

    • Joaquin Stick

      I wish all my dates were with Bosse-de-Nage.

      • I feel like that would be difficult romantically

    • Spear

      I assume that those are marked as such in case new dates are added without Bosse-de-Nage.

  • Eliza

    I wanted to write something like “I hope they’ll tour Europe too!”, but then I came to the saddening realization that, even if they do, they won’t come nowhere near me.

    • Where are you? I’m sure we can find some power metal shows for you to go to in the meantime

      • Eliza

        Arad, Romania. If you can find anything happening in here, then you must be some sort of magic user.

          • Eliza

            Thanks a lot! I didn’t know Kempes is still playing, that’s great news.

          • I went on their FB page, looks like there is some kind of venue around there for local bands, maybe there’s a few that don’t suck?

          • Eliza

            Highly unlikely, but it’s a good thing my standards aren’t very high.

          • Maybe you can start one 😉

          • Eliza

            I actually know an ok place, but the owner will never give permission.

          • Where are the other metal bands playing at? Or were you referring to a practice space?

          • Eliza

            It’s a hall formerly used for storage that my dad rented for his firm a while ago. I’m positive no one is using it at the moment. I think it’s a good place for practice, but the owner of it lives there and I don’t think he would enjoy the noise.

          • won’t know until you ask!

          • Eliza

            The guy creeps me out, but if I find the opportunity, I’ll try to talk to him about it.

          • What do you play/what style would you want to play?

          • Eliza

            Doom/stoner, because I can’t play fast at all. XD

          • Yup, you’re right. The only way to know if your scene sucks or don’t if going to a couple of shows.

            Remember to go with some cash to help the bands buying some CD’s or merch 🙂

            And don’t be like the fucking people over here that goes to the shows without ticket and start throwing bottles to enter for free.

          • Eliza

            People that do that should not be allowed at any show.

          • Yeah, I know. That’s another reasons we don’t have too many shows right now besides the economic factor.

            My hatred for my human-side kinship is plain justified.

        • I’m checking out, it seems like an amazing place, Eliza!

          Things to do in Arad:

          – Visit Eliza and blast some merol and pizza.

          – Travel in train to Budapest and Bucarest.

          – Enjoy nature.

          – Visit some gothic churches.

          – Decapitate some Rumanian malandros.

          • Eliza

            Arad is a cool place to visit, but a boring place to live in.

          • It seems like a wonderful place to mutilate malandros, too.

            I would def go/10.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            TovH Meetup in Arad!

          • Eliza

            If you ever happen to find yourself/yourselves here, of course!

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Is there hiking?

          • I think. Check out these sweet photos, CyBro:


          • Eliza

            The photos that show mountains are probably from the county with the same name, but I’m not entirely sure.

          • Eliza

            The city is in the plains, so I don’t think there is, but there are hills and highlands a few kilometers outside it.

          • Do you have transport to the Carpathian Mountains? Do you have excursions for vampire killing? Can I take my whip and tools there?

          • Dubs

            Link likes to bind. He likes to be bound.

          • Nope, I like to hit things.

          • Dubs

            ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).

          • ( ͡°( ͡° ͜ʖ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ʖ ͡°) ͡°)

          • (˵ ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°˵)

          • Boss theSpeedMetalBastard Ross

            There’s that damn Tool cover again.

          • Eliza

            I wanted to write that too! XD That’s what the cover to the new album looks like actually.

          • Rob M

            This just reminds me its almost blue crab season again

          • I can’t even tell you the last time I ate blue crab. You got me hungry for lunch now though.

          • Rob M

            Hahaha..sorry about that

            …but yeah, theyre fucking expensive now…usually only have them maybe once a year when the family chips in for a get together

          • Eliza

            Travel agencies organize trips to mostly anywhere in the Carpatians. About vampire killing, that is something you have to figure out on your own.

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • Eliza

            I’ve just visited this place, it’s awesome!

          • Stockhausen

            I’ve been contemplating a trip to Romania for the past year or so. It seems like it would be a really cool historical/cultural experience.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          Kinda surprised, since you guys have quite a lot of metal bands over there.

          • Eliza

            They choose to play in other cities where there is a larger audience.

      • No Venezuela dates?

        I feel…

        Wait, this happens everytime. No one wants to come here anyways.

        Continue your way, fine sire.

        • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

          I think Bomba Esterio’s played there a few times.

      • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

        I wish there were more power metal shows here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
        *insert joke about Pantera’s 1988 Power Metal album here*

        • “(…) And overall, I think this is the perfect combination of aggression and melody, the exact thing that “power metal” should be, not some rooty tooty pretty boys singing about faeries and elves wandering off into “battle.” (Natrix, 2007).

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            I’m probably the biggest actual fan of Pantera out of the Toilet ov Hell regulars. I respect (*bah-dum, tiss!!*) Randall Thor’s strongly negative opinion of them, because I can see where he’s coming from in how he and many other (mostly younger) metalheads view them as simply an earlier version of FFDP (which they’re totally not, but I understand how someone who’s not a fan of their music could mistake them as such). I love you anyway, Randall. Now get off my lawn, but feel free to stand on the other side of the street holding a nostalgic late-80’s boombox up over your head blasting Blind Guardian or maybe Barlow-era Iced Earth at full volume. I’d totes be cool with that.

          • Waynecro

            I’m glad I’m not the only die-hard Pantera fan ’round these parts. I actually said, “Walk on home, boy” after a fight when I was, like, 15. I regret nothing!

          • CT-12

            Dude, I love Pantera. I don’t care who the fuck you are, if you don’t think that at least a record like Cowboys from Hell is one of the best metal records of all time, you’re fucking insane or trying too hard. Guarantee if that album came out today and a different band name was slapped on top of the record, people would be in love. Folks always wanna shit on the “big” metal band because they’re easy targets.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            “Guarantee if that album came out today and a different band name was slapped on top of the record, people would be in love.”

            You mean Exhorder?

          • CT-12

            Exhorder’s badass, and I get the similarities, but I’ve never heard any Pantera material that I thought truly sounded like a rip-off of those guys. Think it’s just another way people try to undercut a famous band. It’s like saying Metallica ripped off Excel; it’s a riff that’s maybe vaguely similar, but we both know it isn’t the same. Merely just a meager grasping of straws.

          • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

            Lol, Joe said my “B–ymetal >>>>>>>>>>>>> Pantera” comment is probably the most indefensible thing ever written on TOH. I stand by it though! I couldn’t even get into them back in 8th grade, when they were at their peak and I was young and gullible enough to like them. But, at the same time, I respect their place in metal, especially having the first #1 metal record ever. Even if they are the metal equivalent of Jock Jams.

        • Off the top of my head, Immortal Guardian and Infidel Rising are from Texas, right?

          • Matt Pike’s Sweaty Left Nipple

            And Helstar, who are from Houston I think.

    • Dubs

      Go see Schammasch!

      • Eliza

        I should definitely do that.

  • Spear

    All these awesome coastal tours and fests happening and I’m sitting here in the northern Midwest like

    • Stockhausen

      Reborn and more powerful than ever?

    • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

      I’m right next to two of the biggest cities in VA (Norfolk and Virginia Beach), and it seems virtually no band I like ever comes around here. Seeing a lot of bands playing at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI of all places, but not here. That says something!
      Only big act that’s coming around here is Amy Schumer over at Hampton Coliseum. *beats head against table at this mockery*

      • Spear

        I feel your pain. The one venue near me that consistently gets big name acts usually pulls in nu-metal and shitty hard rock. They did, however, get Psychostick and Nekrogoblikon for this coming weekend, so I can forgive them a few lame shows for awhile.

  • Come for the Bosse-de-Nage.
    Stay for the So Hideous.

  • Waynecro

    Thanks for letting us know about this, W.

  • Lisa Ling: Devourer Of Souls

    OMG, I’m so pumped for thi…..s…….. goddamnit, yet another band skipping out on southeast VA! #NoFunNewsVA