This Friday, Lykaia, the critically-lauded third album from Swedish progressive metal collective SOEN, will be reissued by Silver Lining Music. Fittingly titled Lykaia Revisited, the offering features live tracks from the band’s 2017 European tour, updated artwork by Paul Tippett, and is enriched by everything the band experienced while performing songs from the album on the road.
In advance of its release, Decibel Magazine is streaming “Lucidity (Live in Rome).” “Led by ex-Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, SOEN’s live sound is powerful and engaging,” writes the esteemed publication. “It’s hard to believe that ‘Lucidity’ is a live performance until the audience’s clapping at the end of the song. There are no voice cracks, awkward banter or jarring transitions as the band shifts from quiet into louder, almost psychedelic, sections. In other words, the live tracks on Lykaia Revisited aren’t throwaways at all. They’re a worthwhile window into the world of a very talented, experienced band.”
Hear “Lucidity (Live In Rome),” courtesy of Decibel Magazine, at THIS LOCATION.
In addition to the live version of “Lucidity,” fans purchasing the physical product will enjoy “Sectarian” from the RCA Club in Lisbon, Portugal. Those opting for the digital format will hear “Jinn,” also from the RCA Club.
Lykaia Revisited was mastered by Gentry Studer (Metallica, Deftones, Bush) at Epic Mastering and will see release worldwide on September 14th via Silver Lining Music. Preorders are available at THIS LOCATION.
“The tour was great, and when you have the chance to play songs live night after night, they take on another perspective,” offers Lopez of the release, “and on reflection, we all felt that Lykaia could greatly benefit from being remastered; that there were improvements which could be made that would better the album and also seal the Lykaia era perfectly.”
Paul Tippett’s updated artwork also comes as a result of allowing a great concept to produce a further angle. “Again, we just felt we could improve and realize another version of the art,” says Lopez, “and the great thing about this version is that it has a very ‘iconic-logo’ feel, taking the main element of the first sleeve and giving it a more emblematic perspective and serving as a great visual way to close the Lykaia chapter of SOEN.”
Joel Ekelöf – vocals
Martin Lopez – drums
Stefan Stenberg – bass
Lars Åhlund – keyboard, guitar
Marcus Jidell – guitar
“…a stunning modern prog gem.” — New Noise Magazine
“…explorative and colorful… there is a lot to take in with this record; many dimensions in which to get lost in. Repeat listens bear gorgeous fruits.” — The Sludgelord
“…powerful songs, a uniquely elemental sonic identity, and enough forethought to succeed in their sweeping arrangements.” — Itdjents
“…a heavy, melodic, and frequently emotional journey of moody metal.” — Metal Wani