SOEN - Debut From Progressive Supergroup To See Stateside Release This Summer

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Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 22:26:59 EST

SOEN, the progressive metal supergroup featuring drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH) and bassist Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, DEATH, SADUS), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (WILLOWTREE), and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis, will bring their Cognitive debut Stateside this Summer; an exact release date is still pending.

Initially released digitally via Spinefarm Records last Winter, Cognitive was mixed by David Bottrill (TOOL, COHEED AND CAMBRIA), mastered by João Carvalho, and features ten tracks of what Lopez describes as "melodic, heavy, intricate and different." View the band’s video for 'Delenda' below:

Check out the Cognitive artwork and tracklisting:

'Last Light'

When Lopez joined forces with DiGiorgio, Ekelöf, and Platbarzdis, it was obvious that this collaboration would not be another name-dropping, substance-deprived “super project.” The foursome paint their musical canvas with broad strokes that on first listen may appear gray and sullen, but the true power of the music lies clandestine, just a little below the monochrome surface. More than just a sum of its rather esteemed parts, SOEN weave an intricate network of melody and melancholy. While SOEN may sound Opethian at times, it features none of the guttural vocals and full-on death metal wall of sound of Lopez' former group. Nothing more is needed however when Ekelöf's somber voice, Platbarzdis's transcendent guitar work, Lopez's trademark drum beats and DiGiorgio's exquisite bass lines collaborate to build a pensive tide waiting to wash over you.

Cognitive isn't an instantaneously accessible album but with a bit of listening patience, can prove to be one of the most rewarding pieces of “thinking man's metal” you will ever come across. In a world full of super-compressed albums waging the loudness war, Cognitive breathes with ease thanks to the warmth of Platbarzdis/Lopez production and the masterful mixing work of. Like rain on a windowpane, translucent and free of form, Cognitive breathes like a living entity. The colors are there, lingering within the grays. It's just up to you to find them.