In just two weeks, Swedish metal collective SOEN will unleash their long-waited new full-length, Lotus, via Silver Lining Music. Boasting nine intoxicating hymns questioning much of today’s darkness while juxtaposing them with moments of great escape and hope, songs such as “Rival,” “Covenant,” and “Martyrs” are dissertations on modern societies, fraught with poetic, finitely designed confusion and chaos. Yet as the name Lotus suggests, there is still strength, beauty, and purity to be extracted from what at times seems like an endless cycle of human regression.
In advance of Lotus‘ release, today BrooklynVegan offers up a first look at the band’s video for the record’s title track created by Costin Chioreanu.
“‘Lotus’ is a summoning of like-minded people that have reached that turning point in their lives where they have had enough. Enough of meaningless and shallow societies and their expected standards,” notes drummer Martin Lopez of the track, “Only once you have liberated yourself from these fake ideals and leave all of that behind, one can be truly free.”
Adds BrooklynVegan, “…it’s among SOEN‘s most atmospheric and clean-sounding material and comes with a lengthy guitar solo that you can truly call ‘epic.’ If you’re unfamiliar with SOEN, fans of Tool and Porcupine Tree should check this out.”
View “Lotus,” courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan, at THIS LOCATION.
And if you missed it, sample first single “Rival” as well as the band’s previously-issued “Martyrs” video below.
Produced by David Castillo and IÃ±aki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6, Lotus features the first recorded SOEN material with newest recruit, Canadian-born guitarist Cody Ford, whilst the center-point of the album remains those trademark, snap-heavy SOEN riffs.
SOEN‘s Lotus will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorders go to THIS LOCATION.
SOEN will bring Lotus to European stages this spring on a near-three-week headlining tour from March 12th through April 6th with special guests, Denmark’s Ghost Iris, and Finland’s Wheel. For ticket info visit facebook.com/SoenMusic.
SOEN w/ Ghost Iris, Wheel:
3/12/2019 John Dee – Oslo, NO
3/13/2019 Stengade – Copenhagen, DK
3/14/2019 Logo – Hamburg, DE
3/15/2019 Roadrunner – Berlin, DE
3/16/2019 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, DE
3/17/2019 Club Cann – Stuttgart, DE
3/19/2019 Backstage Werk – Munich, DE
3/20/2019 Kultopia – Hagen, DE
3/21/2019 Helios – Cologne, DE
3/22/2019 De Effenaar Prognois Festival – Eindhoven, NL
3/23/2019 QFactory – Amsterdam, NL
3/25/2019 O2 Academy Islington – London, UK
3/27/2019 L’amperage – Grenoble, FR
3/28/2019 Salamandra – Barelona, ES
3/29/2019 Caracol – Madrid, ES
3/30/2019 Hard Club – Porto, PT
3/31/2019 RCA – Lisbon, PT
4/02/2019 Backstage – Paris, FR
4/03/2019 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
4/04/2019 Legend Club – Milano, IT
4/05/2019 Orion Ciampino – Roma, IT
4/06/2019 Sonic Room Fabriano – Ancona, IT
“Lotus is a complete album because it balances SOEN‘s contrasts and unifies them into a sound that is more than the sum of its parts. The peaks and valleys are not exclusive to each other; they define each other. Compositions snap into place, and SOEN delivers song after excellent song.” – Angry Metal Guy
“…a monumental work that has captured a great band at the absolute height of their powers.” – Bloody Good Music
“SOEN are really in a category of their own, juxtaposing darkness and escape in each almighty breath. My only criticism of this marvelous new album is that some of the tracks aren’t unique enough, but it’s an album you’ll enjoy beginning to end.” — Get Ready To Rock
“SOEN clearly establishes themselves as key players in the palatable metal scene while simultaneously providing enough of a progressive edge to deserve the praise of those who demand a little more from their music.” — Toilet Ov Hell
“Lotus is another step forward in SOEN‘s evolution as a band, emphasizing on deeper lyrical themes and atmosphere, while reinforcing expert vocal delivery and catchy songwriting.” — Metal Wani
Joel Ekelöf – vocals
Martin Lopez – drums
Lars Ã…hlund – keys, guitar
Stefan Stenberg – bass
Cody Ford – lead guitar