Album Review: Soen — “Imperial”

Soen - Imperial

I bloody hate snakes. I don’t wanna look at them and I don’t want them anywhere near me. However, if there’s an exception that makes me excited, it’s this black mamba on the cover of Soen‘s new album. Their previous release, Lotus, was my favourite album of 2019 and naturally I have massive expectations of Imperial. This will be the fifth full-length album for the Swedish supergroup, founded by ex-Opeth man Martin Lopez and vocalist Joel Ekelöf.

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Initial Descent: January 24 – 30, 2021

Tribulation

I don’t know if the best of 2020 glut has me temporarily bloated on music or what, but it’s been tough to really focus on new albums for more than a cursory spin. Instead, I’ve been catching up on some long overdue reading and burning the midnight oil in the mountains and it’s been a head clearer, to say the least. However, this week’s new release haul has offered at least a few that have me refocused and paying close attention. The first of which is the new gothic barnburner from Tribulation, progressive metallers Soen have given reason to pause, neofolk group Rome give much to reflect on as well as a bevy of amazing tracks, and Werewolves’ brand of intense yet melodic yet groovy death metal has been loads of fun. So, you could say that just when I need it the most, the artists have come through with precisely what I need and right on time. Obviously, there’s a ton more included below so there’s something here for everyone. Thrill of the hunt type of deal. Or whatever. Just do it.

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CANTO: Demiser, Soen, Soulfly, and More

Soen - Imperial

Today was a good mail day. It’s the simple things on a Friday.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
cmb

CANTO: Tool, Diamond Head, Blut Aus Nord, and More

tool-band-photo-2017

I had no time for this yesterday. I also had no time for other things, but you don’t care.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb

CANTO: Hypocrisy, Dream Theater, Soen, and Toska

peter

Hey, I’m doing these again! So exciting. I can’t wait to see the look on Chris’ face.

“Ein Bier… bitte.”
– cmb