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Soen, the progressive band featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, ex-Amon Amarth) and singer Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), spent some time at Ghostward Studios and Deepwell in Stockholm exploting uncharted waters coming up with the band's thrid album "Lykaia".  "Lykaia" sees Soen remain fascinated with the shadows and the darker edges of our world, with a particular focus on the various thoughts and concepts behind religion and ritualistic, belief-based behaviour in society.

Recorded at Ghost Ward, StudioGröndal and Deep Well in Stockholm, Sweden, with production duties handled by guitarist Marcus Jidell and the mix made by Stefan Boman, Soen kept things as far away from the digital age as possible, embracing warmth and organic recordings as the drive behind the technical working process.

Vocalist Joel Ekelöf states: "Wherever we could the music was analog, all the sounds you hear were pure and not samples or keyboard generated. When we needed a Mellotron, we got a real one. With my vocals as well, we intentionally left out the endless possibilities of post editing and instead focused on pure vocal work."

If the first two albums were harder, more technical, angular and perhaps cerebral pieces which demanded sharp focus, "Lykaia" presents a warmer, rounder, flesh and blood on the bones approach that allows listeners a dual entry to the eight tracks presented. The journey is no less dynamic, continuing the underscore of complex melodies with crushing power and no fear of walking proudly into more ambient spaces to explore the temperature. With "Lykaia", however, it is clear that SOEN have never felt more congruent or sure of themselves.

"This has never been about genres, it's always been about the journey we need to take both musically and personally," adds Lopez. "What we're working on right now is another adventure, another journey which in some ways is quite different again but also builds upon the experiences we've had over the last few years."

"Lykaia" track listing:
01. Sectarian
02. Orison
03. Lucidity
04. Opal
05. Jinn
06. Sister
07. Stray
08. Paragon

SOEN is:
Joel Ekelöf - Vocals
Martin Lopez - Drums, Percussion
Stefan Stenberg - Bass
Lars Åhlund - Organ, Rhodes
Marcus Jidell - Guitar

Amon Amarth released a humorous teaser video for their forthcoming single “First Kill” off their 10th studio album which is due later this year via Metal Blade. The video is titled “Keyboard Warrior” and illustrates a modern internet “warrior” whose weapon is his keyboard. The band has yet to announce the replacement of Fredrik Andersson on drums who left the band last March after 17 years.

You‘ve got to hand it to Amon Amarth, whether you like them or not. From 1998 and their first album they make amazing progress, they have the same line-up, they have released 9 albums, they have toured all the world and they take their job seriously, trying very hard to keep their name as high as they can and they enjoy the huge status that they have gained. An honest band who deserves everything that they have accomplished so far.

ΔΕΛΤΙΟ ΤΥΠΟΥ: Οι Soen, το progressive group που έχει στις τάξεις του τον εκπληκτικό ντράμερ Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, ex-Amon Amarth) και τον δυναμικό τραγουδιστή Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), πέρασε τους τελευταίους μήνες στα Ghostward Studios και Deepwell στη Στοκχόλμη της Σουηδίας, προσπαθώντας να κάνουν ένα ακόμη ταξίδι σε αχαρτογράφητα ύδατα… Το “Cognitive” του 2012 ήταν ένα άλμπουμ που αναμφισβήτητα αντλούσε επιρροές από τα χαρακτηριστικά των μοντέρνων progressive rock συγκροτημάτων, ενώ το “Tellurian” του 2014, ήταν το άλμπουμ που βρήκε το σχήμα να κινείται στις δικά του, μοναδικά οράματα, αγκαλιάζοντας το πνεύμα πειραματισμού των Pink Floyd, κρατώντας όμως τη δύναμη και την επιρροή των OPETH και πολλών άλλων. Ο ντράμερ των Soen, Martin Lopez, δηλώνει: «Ποτέ δεν έχουμε να κάνουμε με κάποιο μουσικό είδος, αλλά με το ταξίδι που χρειάζεται να κάνουμε και μουσικά και προσωπικά και αυτό που δουλεύουμε τώρα, είναι μία ακόμη περιπέτεια, ένα ακόμη ταξίδι, το οποίο είναι αρκετά διαφορετικό, αλλά θα λέγαμε και ότι στηρίζεται στις εμπειρίες που είχαμε τα τελευταία χρόνια». Το «ταξίδι» των SOEN, μόλις ξεκίνησε. Ονομάζεται “Lykaia” και θα κυκλοφορήσει στις 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2017 σε CD digi, Gatefold βινύλιο και Download από τη UDR.

Friday night and what better than spending it with two excellent Swedish bands? The 5th appearance of Amon Amarth in Greece and Grand Magus as special guests was a deadly duo that couldn’t be missed.

20 Sep


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Amon Amarth released another video this time for the song "Raise Your Horns" from their recent album "Jomsviking" with the participation of several heavy metal famous people. On the video you can see King Diamond, Zakk Wylde and Dave Mustaine, as well as members of  Slayer, Disturbed, Machine Head, Behemoth, Nightwish and more bands, NHL goalie Mike McKenna, MMA fighter Shayna Baszler, actress Jessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black) and director Adam Green (Hatchet). Check it out below:

Many years now Amon Amarth are one of the best metal bands. They achieved that after a lot of hard work and now they enjoy the love and respect of many metal fans, even from ones who generally don’t like extreme metal.

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