So Hideous, My Love – To Clasp A Fallen Wish With Broken Fingers

The first time I heard about So Hideous, My Love… I was DDing/babysitting at a backyard keg party in June. I was talking to a longtime friend and former coworker when he mentioned that he had recently joined a new band I had never heard of. I couldn’t hear much over the natural progression from beer pong to total anarchy, and I forgot to ask him about it again until MetalSucks reminded me what a bad friend I am. The Deciblog was streaming the title track from SHML’s EP, To Clasp a Fallen Wish with Broken Fingers, and it blew me away. I was and always am incredibly proud to see a local band spotlighted, so I was extremely bummed when I couldn’t make the record release show. That’s okay though, because if To Clasp a Fall Wish with Broken Fingers is indicative of the group’s future, SHML is definitely not going anywhere any time soon

It’s hard to describe artists like SHML overusing the cop out of a word “post.” There are times, however, when it still holds some meaning. Although grouped with the likes of Wolves in the Throne Room and Godspeed! You Black Emperor, SHML definitely has those distorted attributes of post-rock, a gut wrenching orchestra with hints of black metal.

The orchestral element throughout To Clasp a Falling Wish with Broken Fingers is a lush, underlying soundscape that manages to avoid becoming plying or overbearing. This instrumentation, reminiscent of the more depressive ColdWorld, is what sets SHML apart everything else in the “post-rock/black metal/etc” category. “Prelude in G Sharp Minor” is an entirely classical composition. Instrumental passages flow seamlessly into intensive waves of pretty much perfectly executed vocals. “However Boldly Their Warm Blood Split” is a heart racing expression of SMHL’s singular fusion.

From the start, I wanted to like SHML, but I was wary of listening to the EP, mostly because I can’t help totally judging names (the only issue I have with this band – sorry guys). I am always brutally honest when it comes to music, and I wasn’t looking forward to directing this honesty at a local band, as well as a good friend. Fortunately, this album kicks ass, and deserves all the attention its been getting for its individuality. I can’t wait to hear what SHML has in store for a full-length.

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