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Soen's "Memorial" - A Modern Hard Rock Odyssey

In their latest album "Memorial," Soen embarks on a powerful musical journey that confronts the trials and tribulations of contemporary society with a blend of precision, passion, and poignant lyricism. Released on May 31, 2023, by Silver Lining Music, this sixth studio album stands as a testament to the band's unwavering commitment to artistic evolution and expression.

"Memorial" is an audacious endeavor that showcases Soen's signature fusion of progressive metal, with each track weaving a tapestry of raw emotion and refined musicianship. The guitars in this album are not just instruments but voices in their own right, carrying a serrated edge that cuts deep into the listener's soul.

The melodies, richer and more resonant, and the lyrics, are fervent proclamations of the band's collective pain, anger, and frustration.

The album's maturity is evident in its intricate balance of aggression and beauty. Tracks like “Sincere” and “Unbreakable” showcase a formidable combination of power and poise, driven by Martin Lopez's compelling drum work. “Hollowed” introduces a symphonic elegance with guest vocals by Elisa, creating an enchanting musical landscape. The roaring “Icon” highlights Joel Ekelöf's emotionally charged vocals, further solidifying his status as a distinguished frontman.

Oleksii “Zlatoyar” Kobel’s bass provides a robust undercurrent throughout the album, while guitarists Lars Enok Åhlund and Cody Lee Ford deliver a dynamic and brilliant performance, elevating each track with their twin guitar synergy. The album culminates in the hauntingly beautiful ballad “Vitals,” reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s ethereal style, leaving the listener in a reflective state.

"Memorial" is more than an album; it’s a bold statement from a band that has been steadily building towards this pinnacle of their career. With a history of compelling albums like "Cognitive" (2012), "Lykaia" (2017), "Lotus" (2019), and "Imperial" (2021), Soen has consistently pushed the boundaries of progressive metal. Their ability to intertwine complex rhythms, atmospheric guitar work, and introspective lyrics has drawn comparisons to bands like Tool and Opeth, yet they maintain a distinct identity.

This album deserves recognition not just as a collection of tracks but as a cohesive masterpiece that resonates with the current state of the world. Its universal appeal lies in its ability to intertwine technical prowess with emotional depth, making "Memorial" a candidate for universal acclaim and a modern classic in the hard rock genre. As Soen continues to cement their place in the progressive metal scene, "Memorial" is a clear indicator of a band that has found its best stride in the midst of global chaos and creativity.



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