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While initially formed in 2004, it was only in May 2010 that 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.
Drummer Martin Lopez has described Soen's music as "melodic, heavy, intricate and very different than everything else." Their debut, Cognitive, was released in February 2012 to positive critical reception, the members' technical proficiency receiving most praise, though many reviewers noted extreme stylistic similarities to the music of Tool.
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Prog metal band Soen, which released latest album "Tellurian" via Spinefarm Records earlier this month, today shares the video for "The Words." Spinefarm Records comments:
"The clip is more like a mini-film than it is a standard music video. The visuals advance a powerful and emotionally evocative plot + narrative, spliced with footage of the band performing in subdued fashion.
"Overall, the video is epic and cinematic in scope, just like the song. So shut down all of your other computer windows and focus squarely on Soen's 'The Words' video. Allow it to take you on a beautiful and anything-but-simple black and white journey, both visually and musically." More...
It's hard to put a handle on Soen, but if progressive music is "entertainment for those who are easily bored," then this Swedish outfit fits easily under that heading.
New album "Tellurian" is due out November 4th, 2014 and follows previous full-length "Cognitive" (reviewed here). The following press release was issued about the coming album:
"As the forthcoming second studio album Tellurian makes plain, Soen - that's drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg - is not concerned with the simple or the shallow; the musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter José Luis López Galván, that consistently challenges without being 'clever-clever' or tough to enjoy. More...
Today Decibel Magazine is hosting a stream of “Savia” from progressive metal supergroup, Soen. Hear the song at this location. The tune comes courtesy of the band’s "Cognitive" debut initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, and due out in North America later this summer.
Featuring the all-star lineup of drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, "Cognitive" was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as “melodic, heavy, intricate and different.” The following press release was also issued about the band:
"When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived 'super project.' The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, Soen weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. More...
Soen, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, are pleased to bring the "Cognitive" debut stateside this Summer.
Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, "Cognitive" was mixed by David Bottrill (Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, etc.), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." View the band’s video for “Delenda" in the player below.
The "Cognitive" track listing is as follows:
4. Last Light
10. Savia More...
Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio, has issued the following update about heading out on tour with Paradise Lost:
"Friends! We are pleased to announce that we will join Paradise Lost for a European tour in October2012. This has been a long time coming and at last we are thrilled to finally have the chance to meet eye to eye and share our music with you. Hope you can make it to the shows!"
Wed 10/3: Paradise Garage - Lisbon, Portugal
Thu 10.4: Hard Club - Porto, Portugal
Fri 10/5: Penelope - Madrid, Spain
Sat 10/6: Razzmatazz - Barcelona, Spain
Mon 10/8: Alcatraz - Milano, Italy
Tue 10/9: Orion - Ciampino, Italy
Thu 10/11: PPC - Graz, Austria
Fri 10/12: Metal Invasion Festival - Straubing, Germany
Sat 10/13: Les Docks - Lausanne, Switzerland
Sun 10/14: Kino Siska - Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mon 10/15: Boogaloo Club - Zagreb, Croatia
Wed 10/17: Collosseum Club - Kosice, Slovakia
Thu 10/18: Mega Club - Katowice, Poland
Fri 10/19: Proxima - Warsaw, Poland
Sat 10/20: Klub Fleda - Brno, Czech Republic More...
After being in Finland for a full year now, I once again was able to attend the annual Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki. A good omen for the weekend was the fact that for the first time in weeks, the weather was not so freezing that my fingers would be tempted to fall off.
Perhaps a difference from last year, that I had noticed immediately was the fact the exhibition itself had shrunk a bit. Less guests, and less retail stands of course means smaller crowds and I wondered just what that would mean for the rather exciting lineup this year, which featured Swallow the Sun, ICS Vortex, Turisas and many more! More...
Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio, signed on with Spinefarm Records last year. The band has now released a new music video online for the song "Savia," which can be found in the player below.
Soen's new album "Cognitive" is due out on February 15th. For more details on the band, head over to the Soen Facebook profile here.
Soen, the band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (Ex-Opeth/Amon Amarth) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament), have signed on with Spinefarm Records. The band are currently writing new material for an album that is due out in February 2012.
More details on the album are expected soon.
Soen, the new band featuring Martin Lopez (Opeth) and Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Charred Walls of the Damned, Iced Earth, Autopsy, etc.), is currently streaming a new song online. The new track 'Fraccions," along with the previously uploaded "Slithering," can be heard via the Soen MySpace page.