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Soen

When Swedish drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH) joined forces with metal bassist extraordinaire SteveDiGiorgio(SADUS, TESTAMENT, DEATH, ICED EARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis in a brand new projectcalled SOEN, itwas obvious that this collaboration would not be just another name-dropping, substance-deprived “superproject”.Martin Lopez has described the band's music as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." Even then, Lopez may beselling his band short.SOEN is, in a word, unique.The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first l ...read more

When Swedish drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH) joined forces with metal bassist extraordinaire SteveDiGiorgio(SADUS, TESTAMENT, DEATH, ICED EARTH), vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis in a brand new projectcalled SOEN, itwas obvious that this collaboration would not be just another name-dropping, substance-deprived “superproject”.Martin Lopez has described the band's music as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." Even then, Lopez may beselling his band short.SOEN is, in a word, unique.The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listenmay appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the musiclies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. Morethan just a sum of is rather esteemed parts, SOEN weave an intricatenetwork of melodies and lull the listener submerged in abliss of melancholy. Yes, at times Soen may resemble the Opeth of old, but it makesmore of less, as it features none of theguttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez' former group. But nothing more isneeded when Ekelöf's sombervoice, Platbarzdis's transcendent guitar work, Lopez's trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio's exquisite basslines collaborate tobuild a pensive tide, just waiting to wash over you.“Cognitive” sure isn't an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit oflistener patience, it can prove to be one of the most rewardingpieces of “thinking man's metal” you will ever come across. In aworld full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, “Cognitive”breathes with ease thanks to the masterful mixingwork 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. « hide

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