Lasse Hoile

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Lasse Hoile
Born 1973 (age 44–45)
Aarhus, Denmark
Genres Death metal
Heavy metal
Extreme metal, Progressive metal, Experimental rock
Associated acts Steven Wilson, Panzerchrist, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Dream Theater, Blackfield, Soup

Lasse Hoile (born 1973 in Aarhus, Denmark) is an artist, photographer and film-maker. He has collaborated with musician Steven Wilson and his projects Porcupine Tree and Blackfield. He has also designed live visuals for the US progressive metal band Dream Theater. In the mid-1990s he was the vocalist for Danish death metal band, Panzerchrist. Today, he continues to create various designs used for music videos, posters, and band photography.

Hoile started working as an editor and producing short films in 1993. Five years later in 1998, he decided to take up photography as a hobby. As he grew more attached to this hobby, Hoile claimed he "started doing art seriously". Since then, he has worked on documentaries, commercials, and short films. He is influenced by melancholic music, Francis Bacon, David Lynch, and Andrei Tarkovsky.[citation needed]

Hoile has directed videos and creating a number of album sleeves for Porcupine Tree since the release of In Absentia in 2002. Later in 2005, he directed the recording of Porcupine Tree's first live performance DVD, Arriving Somewhere..., which took place at Park West, Chicago. He also directed Porcupine Tree's music videos "Fear of a Blank Planet".

The music video "Blackfield" for the band Blackfield has been recognized for its layering and vividness of winding photographs inside of photographs.[citation needed] Hoile also played a major role in the recording, editing, and direction of some of their live shows, including Blackfield Live in NY. Aside from Blackfield, he has worked very closely with Israeli singer Aviv Geffen on both live visuals and music videos such as Black and White shot at Abbey Road Studios in London, during the summer of 2007. He was also responsible for visual projections for the Danish group TV-2 (band) during their tour for their album "De første kærester på månen".

Hoile also edited and directed two music videos for Opeth. These music videos include "Porcelain Heart" and "Burden" from their album, Watershed released in 2008. Hoile has also designed visuals for the band's live performances

During the same year, Hoile directed a music video for "Normal", from Porcupine Tree's Nil Recurring album also released in 2008. He was also responsible for the art work for the Norwegian post rock band Soup's albums Children of E.L.B. (2010) and The Beauty of our Youth (2013).[1]

Shortly after, Hoile began working on artwork for Insurgentes. One Special Deluxe edition, limited to 3000 copies, contains a double CD along with DVD-A and some brief footage from the documentary "Insurgentes".[2] Another special edition was also released on a 10-inch vinyl, limited to only 1000 copies. Both include a hardback book containing 120 pages of Hoile's photography.

Soon after the Insurgentes project, Hoile commenced works on the cover art for Porcupine Tree's latest studio album, The Incident, released in September 2009.[3] A Deluxe Edition of "The Incident" contains a 116-page hardback book featuring more of Hoile's photographs.[4] Hoile created and design the album's sleeve, as well as composing and directing the music video for the album's single, "Time Flies".[3]

More of Hoile's work could be seen on the film projections during the live performances of Porcupine Tree's promotional tour supporting "The Incident". "Time Flies" was the featured "Video of the Week" on iTunes USA (October 19–25, 2009).[5]


With Panzerchrist

  • Outpost Fort Europa (1999/Serious)
  • Six Seconds Kill (1996/Serious)


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  2. ^ "Kscope post progressive sounds". Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Lasse Hoile News". Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Official Porcupine Tree Webpage - News". Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Official Porcupine Tree Webpage - News". Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-22. 

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