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LOTUS

Soen

 

Experimental/Post Metal

3.87 | 157 ratings

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Mind_Drive
5 stars Soen just keeps delivering!!

On their fourth studio album the band continues with their signature sound and refining it, consolidating their unique "Soen-style" of songwriting and sound even more.

Before we begin, just let me address something right away:

Yes, their sound is still often compared to Tool or Opeth (and I won't argue with that). This is because they infact do incorporate certain (really cool) features, that those bands seemingly came up with. And I am glad they do! But it doesn't stop there, they take the best of those worlds and build upon it their own music.

It's not like how every second progmetal band literally sounds like Dream Theater. It's a more accessible and way more pleasant take (honestly, who listens to those Tool-songs that consist of mostly noise - besides maybe once on lsd in the hope to get enlightened?) on the post-metal genre with an overall very thoughtful but positive vibe while still being heavy enough to satisfy most metal-heads.

As in their former releases, the band acts as a perfect unity. No fancy soli to show off their skill, no overly complex part as if they somehow desperately needed to earn the label "prog". Simply very solid songwriting with plenty of awesome moments to relish.

The contrast between the hard riffs and the emotional vocals, the epic walls of sound, they are able to conjure, opposed by the mellow parts.. every second is just a pleasure to listen to and everything feels right. Granted, it might not satisfy those who listen with their intellect and want their music to resemble some kind of high degree in complexity-songwriting.

This music is for them feels!! And oh boy, does it feel amazing! When the brutally rolling guitar riffs, backed by the amazing drumming from Martin Lopez are finally joined by the melodic and warm voice of Joel Ekelöf, you feel like humanity is not lost after all and you can achieve literally anything you want! This music is empowering and reassuring - music I really can draw strength from.

Soen's music has evolved into a very unique and brutally pleasant sound which strikes the perfect balance between hard and soft, complex and catchy. The precision of the musicians and the production level of this album are outstanding as well and make this even more enjoyable in high definition with a good sound system. Also: there is not a single weak song on the album. In each you'll find something that makes you want to turn the volume even louder or come back to on a third, fourth and 100th listen!

Another great album by Soen, which deserves no less than 5 stars in my book for there are only very few bands that resonate on such a deep level with me <3

Thanks again Soen, see you in Munich!

Mind_Drive | 5/5 |

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