Soen
Tellurian


4.0
excellent

Review

by ExplosiveOranges USER (72 Reviews)
November 5th, 2014 | 88 replies


Release Date: 11/03/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Better than the new Opeth.

It can be difficult to really predict the quality of a supergroup’s output. Occasionally, the final product does end up living up to the hype, and the band blossoms into prosperity among the music scene. But far too often, a supergroup just doesn’t prove itself worthy enough of that mantle. However, it would be unfair to say that all supergroups should be held to the same level of expectations. Enter Swedish prog supergroup Soen. The two big names that initially stuck out from the project were Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), and Steve DiGorgio (Sadus, Testament, Death, Iced Earth). With their debut album, Soen, the band established themselves as a solid albeit mildly unoriginal force in the Swedish prog scene. And with their sophomore album, entitled Tellurian, Soen manage to craft a surprisingly solid full-length, as well as an engaging journey through the various styles and sounds derived from the other projects the band members have been involved with.

Progressive metal albums and their artwork have always lived up to the moniker of being able to judge a book by its cover, and Tellurian is no exception. The music has a very odd, surreal atmosphere around it, and while it may not conjure up images of an anthropomorphic rhinoceros eating tiny humans, it does give off that detached feel that you should get while listening to other music in the genre. Martin Lopez’s drumming fits in perfectly with Kim Platbarzdis’s excellent guitar work, and Stefan Stenberg holds his own as a bassist, even in spite of the fact that he’s the third bass player the band’s had in four years. Most of all, the standout performance here comes from vocalist Joel Ekelof, with his beautiful, melodic style of singing capturing the heat of the listener’s attention. The album flows incredibly well, and none of the songs feel too long or too short, with “Void”, “The Words”, and “Kuraman” being particularly memorable additions to the tracklist.

One of the bigger complaints of the band’s previous album was that it relied too much on influence from Tool, to the point where it veered dangerously close towards copycat territory. Fortunately, while Tool’s influence is still scattered throughout the album, it’s not prevalent enough to the point where it becomes nauseating. However, as Isaac Newton wisely stated in his third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. And thus, where Tool was once the dominant influence upon Soen’s musical niche, Opeth has taken its place.

But unlike its predecessor, Tellurian doesn’t feel like an all-out love letter to a parent band. Rather, it settles in comfortably as a nod of approval towards its elders. And that’s ultimately the biggest strength of Tellurian. Even though Soen initially stumbled in trying to create their own sound, it’s here that they’ve finally discovered an identity of their own. They’ve come to realize what their sound is all about, and instead choose to create a melting pot of their predominant influences, while adding in just enough distinguishable elements for it to stand out on its own. Simply put, Tellurian is an unexpected but very welcome surprise from Soen, and definitely warrants a listen from both fans and those who dismissed the debut as a bunch of Lateralus cover songs. Because truth be told, this is easily the best thing Martin Lopez has done since Opeth.



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ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums/Soen.html



Yeah. As always, constructive criticism and feedback are welcomed.

adr
November 4th 2014


12000 Comments


the summary is lame

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed

emester
November 4th 2014


8249 Comments


Great review.

Initially I really wasnt a fan of this. Maybe it was a stigma based of the last album but idk. Warming up a little to it though

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2014


24640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i was gonna make a soundoff saying "this is what the new opeth shouldve been" but this review pretty much covers it. and i love the new opeth anyway so



pos'd

Digging: The Ocean - Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks fellas. I can see why some would dismiss this as too similar to Opeth and Tool, but as I said in the

review, the band really plays off of that to their advantage.

emester
November 4th 2014


8249 Comments


Its more Tool than peth. The last album was basically Lateralus worship

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 4th 2014


24640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i only noticed a handful of tool moments on here. the vox are straight up akerfeldt though

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Eh, I heard more of a GR/Watershed era Opeth influence here, but that might just be because I haven't listened to Tool in a while.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2014


17846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ugh that summary



Good review though, pos'd

Digging: Thom Yorke - Suspiria

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, haha. Yeah, vocals sound ridiculously similar to Mikael's, especially from Watershed.

emester
November 4th 2014


8249 Comments


Yeah theres a bit less tool on this one.


One things for sure though; that album art is GOLD

OmairSh
November 4th 2014


14461 Comments


Someone wants to become contrib/staff

emester
November 4th 2014


8249 Comments


*will

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2014


17846 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

*will [2]

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@emester Lol, that was your avi a few weeks ago.



@Ommy Yes. And that Elizabeth Olsen avatar is probably the best thing ever.

OmairSh
November 4th 2014


14461 Comments


She's incredible agreed

ExplosiveOranges
November 4th 2014


4408 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@emester/Talons DAMMIT STOP BOOSTING MY EGO



@Ommy Love her more than I love myself. And this album. Not Mikael, though. Our marriage is rock-solid, even with Pale Communion and Heritage.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Staff Reviewer
November 4th 2014


6676 Comments


"For every action, there is an
equal and opposite reaction. And thus, where Tool was once the dominant influence upon Soen’s musical niche, Opeth has taken its place."
- some sort of weird formatting there..

Archelirion
November 4th 2014


5593 Comments


Nowt wrong with Heritage Oranges!
Review is class, again. I'm quite jealous haha! Think there's a formatting issue mind in the 3rd(?)
paragraph.

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