The advent of Soen

Not long after Opeth branched out into their more expressive, albeit eclectic style of playing with Heritage in 2011, I wondered what happened with the two previous members of the band – Lead Guitarist, Peter Lindgren and Drummer, Martin Lopez. A quick Google search made me realize that Peter Lindgren had become a partner of an IT consulting firm in Stockholm! Talk about shifting gears. Another Google search for Martin Lopez, however, made me extremely excited. He had gone back to Uruguay (where he is originally from) and then came back to Sweden. More importantly, he was part of a new full time band called Soen, and they were set to release their debut album in Feb 2012! That was great news for me as I was (and still am) a massive fan of his drumming style, versatility and innovation. He plays as though he has a built-in metronome in his arms!

Then came their debut album, Cognitive, in 2012 and the rest is history. Every album they have released since then has been a an absolute joy to listen to. Usually, people tend to like and appreciate a band’s earlier stuff more than their newer stuff. While that is true of most bands, Soen is cut off a different cloth, which is why it’s absolutely brilliant that 6 albums in, my favorite album of theirs is their latest one, Imperial. It is a beast of an album that shows how great hardship can spark creativity.  “Imperial’ is a supreme collection of unbelievable songs that together create an even better album. It is an elegant, passionate and intelligent affair, one that also adds plenty of human emotion, eloquently wrought through music and lyrics. Progressive, beautiful, and deep, it resonates powerfully with me, to the point where I just don’t want to stop listening. Check out my personal favorite track of the album here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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