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S.O.T.E. (SONGS OF THE EXILE)

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SONGS OF THE EXILE (or S.O.T.E.) is a Dutch power trio founded in 1993. They describe their music as progressive/symphonic rock, with diverse influences ranging from RUSH, DREAM THEATE and YES all the way to ZAPPA, HOLDSWORTH, WAGNER, BOZZIO, MAHLER, VAI and MONK. Their sound covers a territory spanning Neo Prog, Heavy Prog and Prog Metal.

The line-up as of 2008 consists of Gerton LEIJDEKKER (guitars and vocals) Peter H. BOER (bass and backing vocals) and Emile BOELLAARD (Drums and backing vocals), the latter replacing original drummer Menno DE VRIES.

Information on this band is scarce, but despite their low profile they have been releasing new material on a regular basis, starting in 1995 with "And About Time" and continuing through the 2000's with "Time Re-Arranged" (2000), "Time to End" (2003) and "Reasons" (2008).

Menno DE VRIES is back to replace Emile BOELLARD on drums. The band is working on a new album, a rock opera with many vocalists, a choir and orchestra.







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And About Time
1995
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Time Re-Arranged
2000
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Time To End
2003
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Reasons
2008

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3.05 | 2 ratings

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3 stars Excellent band from Holland named S.O.T.E. (Songs of the exile) formed around 1993 and releasing so far 3 albums with a plus on their second offer Time to end from 2003 who is considered their best, to me aswell. The music is quite demanding, a blend of heavy prog with prog metal , very eficinet melted and energic. Think about combining Rush energy with Psychotic Waltz progressive metal atmoshere the result is S.O.T.E. Very fine moments in vocal department and aswell the guitar leads are impressive most of the time made by Gerton Leijdekker who is both guitarist and vocalist. All pieces are more then ok, really great on many parts, I like 'em a lot. In the end a fairly solid album in prog metal field specially, gone under the radar. 3.5 stars for sure.

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3 stars Songs Of The Exile have been around for a few years now, and "Reasons" is their fifth release in total since their 1993 debut.

And on this massive production, clocking in at 78 minutes, they serve us a peculiar mix of art rock and progressive metal; in the lighter moments coming across as a blend of Rush and 90's Manic Street Preachers and at the heaviest and most aggressive acts like Fates Warning comes to mind - as well as the aforementioned Canadian power trio.

The compositions are relatively straight forward, a set number of themes are explored and revisited at least once; with some instrumental soloing segments as the only exceptions to this set up.

At best pretty intriguing stuff too - the band are skilled in making intriguing contrasts; and just as good in creating "less is more" segments as the more majestic, richly flavoured soundscapes. Some weak efforts, but certainly worth investigating for those who enjoy art rock and prog metal.

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