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SOEN TO RELEASE THEIR FOURTH ALBUM, LOTUS, IN FEBRUARY 2019 Swedish-based progressive metal group Soen will purge themselves of their 4th album -Lotus- on February 1st 2019. Featuring nine pieces, Lotus is the latest in a line of aural therapies from the band, questioning much of today’s darkness as juxtaposed with moments of great escape and hope. The lotus flower has always been a symbol of the purity rising from muddy uncertainties, and with songs such as “Covenant”, “Rival”, “Martyrs” and the title cut all expressing perspectives of life’s darker moments, it was a natural title for this latest project. Produced by David Castillo and Iñaki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6 between July and October 2018, the centre-point of the album remains those trademark, snap-heavy, progressive Soen riffs, while overall Lotus promises an exciting new chapter of skin-shedding, soul-searching journeys for all who dare to commit to the ride.
- Product Dimensions : 12.48 x 12.44 x 0.12 inches; 10.51 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Silver Lining Music
- Date First Available : October 26, 2018
- Label : Silver Lining Music
- ASIN : B07JJPCT5L
- Number of discs : 1
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Lotus makes known immediately, that changes have been made- again... New guitarist- Canadian, Cody Ford has a comparable style to his predecessor, Marcus Jidell. Ford favors the lush wailing solo a bit more than Jidell- who attempted to provide some of the atmospheric quality of HIS predecessor, Kim Platbarzdis. That is a bit of a relay to get where we find Soen now, but it has also been a team-building exercise for the rest of the crew!
Lotus is laden with rich swelling guitars- including some gorgeous guitar solos and bridges. Not that this has become a guitar-centric band, it's just different. The guitars are sweet and thick like dulce de leche for your ears.
The production on this album is fantastic. All elements have been balanced so that each instrument is well placed and gets to shine in its own right. Joel's voice has gotten stronger, and imparts depth and emotion to each track. Song subjects avoid a lot of the typical anger/depression & negativity currently favored by many heavier bands... (Soen is increasingly being marketed as Prog), and instead focus on personal journeys, struggles and demons, and social/cultural criticism heavily veiled in lyrical artistry. Lars Åhlund provides keyboard melody and atmospheric support that has greatly boosted the richness of the Soen sound. He is a multi-talented artist, and I suspect his contributions are many.
The rhythm section is the core of this band. Stefan Stenberg joined the band for the second album, Tellurian, and has fully embraced the role he inherited from the powerhouse bassist Steve DiGiorgio. His playing provides a counterpoint to the ever brilliant Martin Lopez who, here, has laid down some of the best drumming I've heard since his work on his now classic performances on Opeth's Deliverance.
There are some really stand-out passages on this album, and the entire album is rich, melodic and consistent. There is no strong single, which is a quaint notion at any rate, but the band has chosen Martyrs as a video offering to represent the album's heavy side– and the title track provides a beautiful laid back counterpoint, replete with a swelling guitar and lush atmosphere.
Soen will embark on a European tour in March 2019. I hope that some day soon we will be greeting them in American venues!
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4/5 for the music. 2/5 for vocals.