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Soen: Lykaia Revisted

Soen opens its album with “Sectarian” the spooky track that marries Enigma with early Judas guitar riffs. It’s hard to know what comes next because I was not expecting a progressive metal hybrid of this unusual originality. The second track “Orison” answers my question - Soen is a new age metal outfit that appears to obey the atmospherics of symphonic metal but contains no symphonics but rather interesting crunchy guitar work with Franciscan monk choir vocals that haunt as much as help the overall musical accomplishment.

I skipped to “Opal” to hear if their path on the road not taken had crossed over to greener pastures but no such luck as the Oldfield meets Megadeth continues to blaze through my speakers like a flock of ravens seeking to eat my box of rice krispies. I let them proceed I already had a bowl. Onto song six “Sister” with its heavier Sabbath dirge of doom-like percussion and weird pleasant vocals its not hard to understand this merger of neo-progressive metal and new age strangeness makes for a comfortable coat to wear on the days you feel willing to take a chance of the outer edges of reality.

In “Vitriol” the Pink Floyd influences combined with Tangerine Dream are apparent and work together nicely to create a moody piece of art and entertainment. Ironically, the heavy guitars in this one seem misplaced and should have been shelved for a less public appearance. “Jinn” their track live in Lisbon is a tremendous work of creativity flourishing across the stage and I wish they would have opened up the album with this one instead of the slower tempo pieces. Soen is a truly interesting group who might have just invented their own subcategory of metal music. In an age of hybrids and harmonic mixtures its nice to hear music well thought out instead of relying on production values and powerful vocals.

Track List
1. Sectarian 05:52
2. Orison 07:05
3. Lucidity 06:35
4. Opal 06:44
5. Jinn 05:39
6. Sister 05:28
7. Stray 05:36
8. Paragon 06:23
9. Vitriol 07:39
10. God's Acre 08:12
11. Sectarian (Live in Lisbon) 06:26
12. Jinn (Live in Lisbon) *only available on digital formats 06:54
13. Lucidity (Live in Rome) 07:34

Added: March 9th 2019
Reviewer: Mark Antony Rossi
Related Link: Band Website
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Language: english

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