Soen is a progressive metal supergroup consisting of various high-profile extreme metal musicians. Their debut album Cognitive was released on February 15, 2012. On May 28, 2010, the formation of Soen was announced, its lineup consisting of former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, ex-Death, Testament and Sadus bassist Steve DiGiorgio, Willowtree vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. The group's first song, "Fraccions", was released on the band's official website on October 2010. Read more on Last.fm
For some strange reasons, big bands rise the day they release great music, bigger bands dive down when they release several less successful albums and some other bands take just too much time to release another album with their distinctive style. If you realized that I am talking about OPETH, TOOL and SOEN and know which one is which, then this album is definitely for you.
SOEN is a band of experienced, talented and more or less famous musicians. This band managed to release two great albums “Cognitive” (2011) and “Tellurian” (2014) and just recently managed to release an even greater album called “Lykaia“.
SOEN’s music seems to share a lot in common with TOOL and OPETH: they answer that question “What if OPETH and TOOL decided to make an album together?“, but beyond that THEY managed to create their own style and develop it, so now, after “Lykaia”, I can only call it SOEN music.
“Lykaia” was released on February 3rd 2017 and is already on my top 10 albums of 2017, even when the year barely started. Check out “Sectarian“:
All tracks on the album are well written, the lyrics are well thought off and the meaning perfectly reaches your soul through words and sound. This album is one of those few that you have to sing along to / annoy your neighbors with.
I personally enjoyed the bass lines on tracks like “Orison” and “Lucidity“and the rhythm guitar cannot be played better by Marcus Jiddel on tracks like “Jinn” and “Sister“. Those tracks have a blend of Jazz, a touch of Blues and a sprinkle of Oriental. Joel Ekelöf on vocals does an amazing job on every track and the music is nicely Opeth-ly bound together by Martin Lopez on drums.
The only problem with this album and the band is their relative underground status, for reasons I could not understand. How come great albums remain in the shadow and bad albums by big bands sell well? Perhaps it’s the marketing budget.
Album rating: 8/10.
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