So Hideous
To Clasp a Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers


3.5
great

Review

by Ethereal Space Yogurt USER (204 Reviews)
September 29th, 2011 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ROMEO ROMEO WHERE ART THOU ROMEO

So Hideous, My Love emerged onto the scene as some kind of ambiguous art project that fused screamo with black metal, shoegaze and classical. The first EP from crew of melancholy poets was entitled "I Balance a Daydream on the Edge of a Knife" and although failing to live up to the premise of this ambitious melting pot of genres it was still pretty good. There wasn't much black metal or shoegaze anywhere to be found nor was the classical element fully realized unless you count the lone violin inclusion as "the determining" classical influence. Regardless of what is and what isn't, the EP showed a talented group with the potential to become a major force in modern heavy music. The music was passionate, the vocals were torturous and the songwriting was as diverse as it was confident in it's baroque approach. And in 2011 the band returned to drop another EP upon our heads. Entitled "To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers" it's safe to say that So Hideous, My love is just as melodramatic today as they were a year ago.

The EP opens with "Handprints With Glass" which features a stunningly gorgeous introduction of melodic chords and a mournful orchestral sequence. Vocals soon enter and usher in the same grim tone of despair and desperation as seen in last years EP. The song dynamics flare up between soft and loud, low and fast with relative ease as the song closes out on in a hostile manner. You are then greeted with the purely instrumental piece "Prelude in G# Minor" which finds the band showcasing their classical element. It's very dramatic as the orchestration soars to Greek tragedian heights. The particular type of atmosphere and music So Hideous, My Love play could easily be considered pompous and contrived yet they are not. The emotion, the mood and the theatrical instrumentation is authentic to the ears and heart. So Hideous, My Love manage to tug with your heart and mind, metaphorically placing you in some kind of tragic play resulting in the unnerving death or betrayal of someone close to you. "However Boldly Their Warm Blood Split" follows suit to Prelude, incorporating elements of the the two prior tracks in an epic amalgamation of classical, post-rock and screamo. A furious opening evolves into a scaled back instrumental, fully embracing it's bombastic dynamism before closing out in a slower paced musical onslaught. The last song, "To Clasp A Fallen Wish Broken Fingers" is the crown jewel of the E.P. Following their established formula So Hideous, My Love create a savage, emotionally jarring mini epic that builds up to an awe-worthy crescendo of throaty screams, turbulent percussion and harrowing guitars signifying the end of the adventurous E.P.

So Hideous, My Love is a band that will appeal to a lot of people while simultaneously gathering ire from the opposite spectrum for being so eccentric. All in all, So Hideous, My Love is a breath of fresh air to the modern scene, not only for just encompassing a theatrical approach to their aggressive brand of music but for being such good songwriters. This is an approach that could have easily sucked coming from lesser musicians but alas So Hideous, My Love have risen again to deliver another set of hard rocking jams.



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BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My experiences in my theater class have unquestionably influenced this review more than it probably should but oh well, fuck it. The EMOCEAN IS RELE.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

Eskate87
September 29th 2011


959 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, though I disagree with the rating. Not sure what others' opinions are but this is one of my best of 2011. Haven't rated yet but probably a solid 4.5 for me... love this album.

Acanthus
September 29th 2011


9543 Comments


Weird, might give this a try but not sure.

Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Rating is more of a 4 tbh. However, i wasn't sure if a 4 was the right call for a 15 minute EP.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 29th 2011


16137 Comments


"THOUGH" in your summary should be changed to "THOU".

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good call.

Ignimbrite
September 29th 2011


5391 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds cool, I'll probably give it a listen.

Digging: Jakob - Sines

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This really stimulates the senses.

vanderb0b
September 29th 2011


3473 Comments


Didn't know this was out already, the first ep was awesome so I'll give this a listen.

chesse13
September 29th 2011


3815 Comments


this sounds like something i would be interested in. ill check this out

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BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been out for awhile vander.

eternium
September 29th 2011


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not as good as the first EP but still an incredible band.

Apollo
September 29th 2011


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review and I am liking this quite a bit

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Title track and Warm Blood rival the prior ep's best songs to me.

Apollo
September 29th 2011


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is right up my alley for sure

BallsToTheWall
September 29th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is a band I expected to explode on sputnik when the last review came out.

Apollo
September 29th 2011


10336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Balls can you shoutbox me anything else you know similar to this stuff? I don't like the straight up screamo stuff, I prefer anything with post-rock/metal etc

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2011


44644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Personally I think post-metal blows so I try to avoid it, mostly. But I have a good recc in Braveyoung. This specific song crushes my soul 100 times over.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=th3pm9AcLsE

foxblood
September 30th 2011


6797 Comments


whoa have to listen to this, sounds like my kind of thing

EyeForAnEye
September 30th 2011


1699 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

What I've been hearing is spectacular.



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