On October 16th, Brooklyn’s So Hideous will release their sophomore album and Prosthetic debut, Laurestine. The band’s brand of atmospheric black metal has impressed the hell out of us live the several times we saw them (and by “saw them,” we mean “not really,” since they perform with enough fog machines to make it near impossible to see them). The forthcoming album sounds pretty ambitious, given that there are orchestral and choral tracks that were recorded by the First Light Orchestra. And that’s not even getting into the concept of the album:
Brandon Cruz – by day a music teacher at a New York City school – names Max Richter, Hans Zimmer and MONO as three of the inspirations fueling “Laurestine.” Cruz reveals that the album is based on a story of one man’s post-mortem experience, an interior journey in the seven minutes after dying during which the brain is said to be still active. Ascending toward an afterlife, the man is guided through this limbo state by a woman named Laurestine, made to reflect on the past and prepare for the unknown to come.
On various levels, “Laurestine’s” lyrics and music connect to tell this story. In reference to the seven-minute space between life and death, the number seven dominates – the seven tracks are riddled with 7/4 and 7/8 time signatures. The songs’ lyrics are written in the voices of both the protagonist and his guide – these two narrators lead the listener on an unforgettable tour through anguish, melancholy, and ultimate triumph.
Metal Injection premiered the album teaser yesterday. Check it out above.