Gets Groovy with Powerful New Prog Track “Sectarian”
Album Lykaia out Worldwide: February 3, 2017 via UDR Music
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the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin
Lopez (formerly of Amon Amarth and Opeth) and the dynamic voice
of Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), will release their upcoming full-length
opus Lykaia on February 3, 2017 via UDR Music. After several
weeks of anticipation since the original announcement of its release, the
band is revealing the first single from the album, entitled
“Sectarian”. A charging, insightful metal anthem,
“Sectarian” grooves amid classic progressive rock and
turn-of-the-century alt-metal influences, all the while experimenting with
further inspiration to create a solid track that is simply damn good. Listen
Lykaia is
a journey into earthier places – their most cohesive, powerful and congruent
creative quest yet. For those who have followed SOEN‘s career
thus far, the new album’s concepts of journey and exploration are not new.
2012’s Cognitive beat a firmly heavy, progressive metal path.
2014’s Tellurian – with its Pink Floyd explorative
spirit and Opeth-like forceful power – saw SOEN start to stride
freely into their own control and unique visions.
The new album 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.
Following that theme,
drummer Martin Lopez comments about “Sectarian” in
“At the time I
wrote the song, there was a lot going on in the world with all this religious
nonsense that we lately are getting used to, I was truly pissed off with the
circumstances like everyone else and with that anger in commanding me started
writing about it.  It’s simply my view on the matter and this need that
people have to follow a leader and a God that I see suffocating them and
telling them how to live. I just don’t understand it; some of us have a
religious background a forced one, like it usually is but I’ve never bought
into it.
The way some people
make this insane ideologies their call and how they can remove the human
condition of feeling empathy towards others to please a figure, a ghost
they’ve never seen or touched. It’s just something I cannot understand and
just the fact that so many have died either defending or just being makes me
lose all hope in humanity… Are we really this weak? How can this
happen? The lyrics are just that a pissed off guy telling his view on
I had a few heavy
parts that I thought would fit this theme and just went on to write the song,
Joel came up with a great melody and I added some rhythmical ideas to it.
Later on we put the song together with the rest of the band and everyone had
the chance to add their personality to the music while recording their
Lykaia pre-orders
are now available in three formats – digitally, audio CD in digisleeve, and
gatefold vinyl. Order now and receive “Sectarian” as an instant
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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 on Lykaia,
embracing warmth and organic recordings as the drive behind the technical
working process.
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.
Stay tuned for more
coming from SOEN leading up to the February 2017 release of Lykaia.
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SOEN is:
Joel Ekelöf, vocals
Martin Lopez, drums
and percussion
Stefan Stenberg, bass
Lars Åhlund, organ and
Marcus Jidell, guitars
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