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    Posted: April 19 2010 at 13:00
Well, Hello to all you good people at the forum !
 
 
I'm presenting an israely Prog Metal/Art Rock act Soul Enema for inclusion. Lately Soul Enema released a debut album - "Thin Ice Crawling", and it's set to be out via MALS and Musea progressive rock labels: http://www.mals.ru/p411.htm. The whole album is available for your attention in stream format on the band's myspace page:
 
 
 
  
A bit of bio:
 
Soul Enema was formed in summer 2001. The band is combining conventional melodic rock aspects with occasionally more experimental way of writing. Demo EP containing five tracks was released in 2003. During the next years the band was working on a debut album titled "Thin Ice Crawling". The album's style is influenced by progressive rock and metal, ethnic, psychedelic, jazz-fusion and sympho-rock elements, with a somewhat theatrical approach to the lyrics. It can be taken both on a platform of a concept story and on an individual, independent issue of each track. In the fall of 2009 the work on "Thin Ice Crawling" was completed and it's released in april 2010 via MALS Records.
 
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Soul Enema is a project led by Constantin Glantz. Here follows the main lineup that was featured in the recordings of "Thin Ice Crawling" album:

Irene Sherr - vocals
Constantin Glantz - keyboards, sound effects, vocals
Max Mann - bass guitar
Yevgeny Kushnir - electric and acoustic guitars
Oleg Szumsky - drums
 
 
A little album press release and additional info:
 

"Thin Ice Crawling" album by Soul Enema is not about playing the safe ground, it's definitely more about taking risks. From the dark, theatrical vibe in the lyrics and elegant, renaissance-inspired melodies of the past, to the modern, futuristic heavy sound, Soul Enema is here to let it go at anything that seems to be interesting and seems to fit the concept well. At one time it can be into some familiar elements from progressive metal and rock, European folk and oriental ethnic music, at other times it flows into some electronic and psych touches, jazz-fusion and flamenco patterns, and what's not - hey, there's even some obscure grind-noise hidden track you may find somewhere there. However, there's one thing the band seems to know well - an experimentation should go hand in hand with strong melodies and themes, and not instead of them. And that's the pleasing point of the album - the right balance to carry you through the ice shelves without falling into banal cliches on one hand, and without running into some boring soulless shred fests on another... According to lyrics and a story line, there's a common "thin ice crawling" fate line that goes with the heroes of a plot. With every step and every twist, the burden of a Gordian Knot becomes harder, the grip of madness becomes stronger, and reality slips further away out of control. Is it just a little nightmare, or maybe a reflection of the world around us? No answers are given. Anyway, ironic or serious, the lyrics here manage to harmonize with the music in a natural way, adding a bonus emotional dimension to a sonic frame. So, in the bottom line, it's like in a twisted black light theater - you'll have your colorful hour-long journey, and while it may be exiting, fragile or dangerous stuff coming at you out of the dark, it's probably never a dull moment in any way.


Thin Ice Crawling" is released in a limited edition paper sleeve format, with colorful inner booklet including the full album lyrics.

Track List:

1. The Land Derailed (music and lyrics - Glantz)
2. The Last Night (music - Glantz, Afremov; lyrics - Glantz)
3. Quicksand Lies (music and lyrics - Glantz)
4. Crystal Territory (music - Glantz, Afremov; lyrics - Glantz)
5. Splinter (music and lyrics - Glantz)
6. Other Line (music - Kushnir, Glantz; lyrics - Kushnir)
7. Unholy Ghost (music and lyrics - Glantz )
8. 911 (music - Kushnir, Glantz; lyrics - Glantz )
9. Thin Ice Crawling - Outro (music - Glantz )

Musical arrangements by Soul Enema. Produced by C. Glantz.

"Thin Ice Crawling" recording lineup :

Irina Sherr - vocals, Yevgeny Kushnir - electric and acoustic guitars, Constantin Glantz - keyboards, sound effects, vocals, Max Mann - bass guitar, Oleg Szumsky - drums

Additional performers:

Teddi Shriki - percussion (tr. 1, 2, 7) Stas Gorodov - alto sax (8, 9) Valeria Kaplan - backing vocals Michael Rosenfield - backing vocals (1)
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Best regards and hope you enjoy the stuff.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2010 at 14:02

ps.. and here goes the youtube stuff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2snGfmK7M7A

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 20 2010 at 14:58
Will check, thanks.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2010 at 06:50
That's a pretty crap name (pun intended).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 21 2010 at 15:16
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Thanks, my pleasure. Thumbs Up
 
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(sneezes...) Yeah, shure. Names ain't always come out smelling like roses. Life is too. (sneezes once more...)  Smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2010 at 10:33
I am pleasantly surprised by the way this band incorporates certain classic prog structures in their modern prog-metal and the mix sounds so natural! Very nice. I'll head this for the Eclectic team Thumbs Up
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Thanx a lot, glad you've liked it. Thumbs Up 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 11 2010 at 16:20
Sorry if me making too much noise - any news about inclusion ?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 12 2010 at 05:33
Patience, my friend...still under evaluation!

A good band, I must say.
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