Soen

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Nazione:Svezia
Attività:dal 2010

Line up

  • Martin Lopez: drums
  • Steve DiGiorgio: bass
  • Joel Ekelof: vocals
  • Kim Platbarzdis: guitars
When Swedish drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH) joined forces with metal bassist extraordinaire Steve DiGiorgio (SADUS, TESTAMENT, DEATH, ICED EARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis in a brand new project called SOEN, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be just another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project”.
Martin Lopez has described the band's music as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." Even then, Lopez may be selling his band short. SOEN is, in a word, unique.
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 is rather esteemed parts, SOEN weave an intricate network of melodies and lull the listener submerged in a bliss of melancholy. Yes, at times Soen may resemble the Opeth of old, but it makes more of less, as it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez' former group. But nothing more is needed when Ekelöf's somber voice, Platbarzdis's transcendent guitar work, Lopez's trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio's exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide, just waiting to wash over you.
“Cognitive” sure isn't an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listener patience, it can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man's metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, “Cognitive” breathes with ease thanks to the masterful mixing work of David Bottrill (Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse etc.). Like rain on a windowpane; translucent and free of form, “Cognitive” breathes like a living entity.
The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It's just up to you to find them.

Discografia

Copertina 7,5
Lotus (Silver Lining Music / 2019) 

1. OPPONENT / 2. LASCIVIOUS / 3. MARTYRS / 4. LOTUS / 5. COVENANT / 6. PENANCE / 7. RIVER / 8. RIVAL / 9. LUNACY

Copertina SV
Lykaia Revisited (Silver Lining Music / 2018) 

1. SECTARIAN / 2. ORISON / 3. LUCIDITY / 4. OPAL / 5. JINN / 6. SISTER / 7. STRAY / 8. PARAGON / 9. VITRIOL / 10. GODS ACRE / 11. SECTARIAN (LIVE IN LISBON) ...

Copertina 8,5
Lykaia (UDR Music / 2017) 

1. SECTARIAN / 2. ORISON / 3. LUCIDITY / 4. OPAL / 5. JINN / 6. SISTER / 7. STRAY / 8. PARAGON

Copertina 7,5
Tellurian (Spinefarm Records / 2014) 

1. KOMENCO / 2. TABULA RASA / 3. KURAMAN / 4. THE WORDS / 5. PLUTON / 6. KONISKAS / 7. ENNUI / 8. VOID / 9. THE OTHER'S FALL

Copertina 8,5
Cognitive (Spinefarm Records / 2012) 

1. FRAKTAL / 2. FRACCIONS / 3. DELENDA / 4. LAST LIGHT / 5. OSCILLATION / 6. CANVAS / 7. IDEATE / 8. PURPOSE / 9. SLITHERING / 10. SAVIA

Interviste

Due chiacchiere con... Soen

(12 ottobre 2012) Durante i preparativi per il concerto all’Alcatraz di Milano (del quale potete andarvi a leggere il report ), sono riuscita a scambiare quattro chiacchiere veloci con Martin Lopez e Joel...

Live report

Soen - 19 Marzo 2015 (Traffic, Roma)

(23 marzo 2015) Il primo tour da headliner dei Soen sbarca a Roma il 19 di marzo, al Traffic. La location è ottimale per questo tipo di concerti, soprattutto dopo i cambiamenti all'impianto audio e...

Paradise Lost + Soen@ Alcatraz, Milano - 08/10/2012

(10 ottobre 2012) Le interviste sarebbe sempre meglio farle dopo aver visto il concerto; un'esibizione live può dare spunti interessanti su cui discutere. E' il caso dei Soen , supergruppo di cui...
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