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SOUL ENEMA

Eclectic Prog • Israel


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SOUL ENEMA are an Israeli band formed in summer of 2001. The band is a projected based around its brainchild, Constantin Glantz. He also plays keyboards in the band, as well as doing some vocal duties, and taking care of sound effects. The rest of the crew is Irene Sherr (vocalist), Max Mann (on bass), Yevgeny Kushnir (on electric and acoustic guitars) and the drummers Oleg Szumsky.

The band is blending rock and various heavy metal/progressiv metal forms with bursts of perky noises, some brass sections, mandolin, and various folkish fragments from Hebrew culture. There's also possible to trace psychedelic fragments, jazz fusion, noise, even flamenco.

In April 2010 the band released their debut via MALS record, named 'Thin Ice Crawling'. Highly recommend if you like female-fronted, intelligent and elaborate music with plenty of middle-eastern influences and heavy rifs. A surprise galore.


Moris Mateljan, 2010.
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3.95 | 58 ratings
Thin Ice Crawling
2010

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2013

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 Thin Ice Crawling by SOUL ENEMA album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.95 | 58 ratings

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Thin Ice Crawling
Soul Enema Eclectic Prog

Review by mbzr48

5 stars Formed back in 2001 Israeli prog rockers Soul Enema have been diligently putting together their debut album Thin Ice Crawling which has finally seen the light of day courtesy of the Russian label MALS.

If you're a fan of symphonic prog then you should find plenty to get excited about here. The band is largely centered around the beautiful operatic vocals of Irina Sherr, the dazzling keyboard passages supplied by Constantin Glantz and the often metallic riffs of guitarist Yevgeny Kushnir. Together along with bassist Max Mann and drummer Oleg Szumsky these musicians are more than just the new symphonic proggers on the block though as they demonstrate a flair for injecting a myriad of different styles and themes into their overall sonic palette.

The music, especially the lush, organic feel of some of Glantz' keyboard runs, has a very distinct retro feel to it and yet it also comes across as fresh and inventive at the same time. They way they craft their melodies and incorporate the odd Middle Eastern motif into their multi-textured arrangements are nothing short of brilliance, even if to them it probably feels like second nature. I also particularly enjoyed the subtle use of alto sax on the final two tracks "911" and "Thin Ice Crawling".

There's just so much to be impressed about here; it's no wonder it's taken the band as long as it did to get to this point, but I can honestly say that all the time and effort they've put in pays off in the end for the listener in a big way. I have to admit that symphonic progressive rock doesn't normally grab me and hold me captivated the way Thin Ice Crawling did, so I'm definitely going to have these guys on my radar from here on out. For me a strong 4.5 star

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3.95 | 58 ratings

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
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4 stars PA never ceases to surprise me! I´m always looking for something new and I can count of finding several of them with the help of fellow reviewer. Soul Enema is one of them, even if they were not fortunate in chosing their name. This is definitly one of the most interesting things I´ve heard recently. this band from Israel has something quite rare for their debut: originality. While the several styles blended together here are quite familiar to most bands nowadays (prog metal, folk, ethnic, eastern, symphonic, gothic, etc) the results are not. It´s very hard to label them and I guess that ecletic prog is indeed the closest one I can think of to do them some justice. However, this mass of sounds could go very wrong and it doesn´t, and that´s all that matters. In fact, the music is quite fluid and although far from perfect, it is still excellent and very promising.

I really enjoyed Irina Sherr´s voice: while she does not have a very strong voice, she sounds like no one and that´s is something rare. I´m glad her delivers to be in her natural way instead of another operatic female singer of the day, which might have had gotten this band too close to dozens of other gothic metal combos. The instrumental parts are as good as, with several great duets/duels between guitars and keyboards. The latter were played by Constantin Glantz. He is the mastermind behind all this, having writing all the lyrics, most of the music and also providing the sound effects and weird male vocals. His playing is very personal, with some fine lines and origianl solos.

The band plays like seasoned professionals and they might be very big if they keep exploring those wonderful sounds the way they do. Their songwriting is superb: all the tracks are very good, helped and enhanced by the excellent production and the tasteful arrangements. Very melodic, very well done and performed. Israel now has a prog band that knows how to bring their culture to the world in a common language. I´m looking forward to hear their next releases.

Conclusion: delightful listening! A band to watch for. Final rating: 4 strong stars.

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Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars The case of a crush that wears of after some listenings.

I really liked this album after the first listening session. Sometimes though, a crush does not developes into true love. Hence the divorce rate of those who marries after only a few weeks of knowing each other. The progressive rock advice is to let the feelings mature over a long time before, if it is true love, investing in expensive gold and diamond rings. All the important things you learn from a review in Progarchives.

Soul Enema is a new band from Israel. Their music comes across as a blend of goth rock and neo prog with some eclectic prog influences. I get a lot of Magenta vibes from some of the songs. Other songs gives me some generic female lead goth metal and rock vibes. I also believe some of the new female vocals fronted British bands sounds like this. I have only heard Panic Room of these and they are in the same alley as Soul Enema....... more or less.

This album is good though. The band sounds competent and Irina Sherr's vocals is very good. The band also softens up and broadens out their sound with some good, long symphonic prog like keyboards runs. But that is all I get from this album. I find it agreeable and good on the ears, although the crush I got did not develop into true love. The band is talented though and I have reason to believe next album may be the next big one unless they get signed by one of the German goth metal labels and develops into a Nightwish copycat. Let's hope not.

3 stars

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Soul Enema Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Soul Enema is one of the most promising bands from progressive rock genre in last years. They release this year at russian label Mals the album Thin ice crawling and is , at least to me in top 5 I've heared so far from this year. The band is coming from Israel and was formed almost 10 years ago. I was very pleasent surprise about this album, the music is very innovativ and intelligent, quite original, a hard thing to find on most of the new and young bands from this genre.Combining elements from symphonic prog zone with blistering keybords, with some easter infuse arrangements to even progressive metal parts, and on top of that a solid voice coming from Irina Sherr. Brilliant ideas , great musicianship makes from this album a total winner, every piece is well developed, complex structures, quite lenghty , all pieces have over 7 min, enough room to show that Soul Enema mean bussines in this field. Very captivating keybords arrangements, who together with the guitar make a real treasure this album to listen and to have in the end in any collection. It's pretty said that this album doesn't get the attention they deseare, at least here only one review befor mine, ok rated with 5 stars, quite agree with that, but for sure this band needs a wider recognition because worth every second their music. I will gibe a solid 4 , very strong and original album, and even is quite excelelnt for sure in the end of the year thier status will remain the same, almost unknown to everybody. Recommended one of the best albums in last years and to me in top 5 from 2010.

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Soul Enema Eclectic Prog

Review by Windhawk
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5 stars Almost a decade in the making, Israeli band Soul Enema has made a most promising debut as recording artists with Thin Ice Crawling.

In some respects this album reminds of another Israeli act, namely Amaseffer. Progressive metal spiced with exotic textures of eastern origin and cinematic inspired passages is very much the name of the game for this band as well, but in the case of Soul Enema the formula is expanded. Ambient sequences close to Vangelis, inspired symphonic progressive rock and more distinctly folk, classical and medieval inspired motifs are just as much a part of the proceedings as Dream Theater school progressive metal, and blending textures, instruments and sounds from the different stylistic expressions are done with ease and with style.

The end result is a demanding album, with more twists and turns to be witnessed than in a lengthy ballet, but with the same fluency of motion and elegance as a top notch dancer. Not quite the same amount of perfection, albeit nothing musically is as flawed as the choice of moniker for this outfit.

Highly recommended to the attentive progressive metal aficionado with a soft spot for complex music of this variety.

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