Soen - Lykaia



8.3 | 217 votes |
Release date: 3 February 2017
Style: Progressive metal, Alternative metal

Owners:

108 have it
29 want it


01. Sectarian
02. Orison
03. Lucidity
04. Opal
05. Jinn
06. Sister
07. Stray
08. Paragon
09. God's Acre [bonus]
10. Vitriol [iTunes bonus]

Top 20 albums of 2017: 4

Guest review by
R.Baldur
Rating:
9.0
Alternative is a style that attracts a large number of rock musicians, but on the long list of active bands in this field, a lot of them do not have any evidence of their musical claims. Nevertheless, there have always been groups in this style that draw attention to themselves by providing different ("alternative") sounds. Undoubtedly, names such as Amon Amarth, Death, and Sadus (all of whom have donated members at one point or another) are enough to give metalheads the motivation to listen to the music of Soen at least once, and UDR Music, which has a long history of releasing heavy metal and thrash albums, took a risk on this one.

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published 06.07.2017 | Comments (0)

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04.11.2016 - 19:47
Ichinose
Account deleted
Oh my god, most anticipated record of the next 6 months.
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03.02.2017 - 01:08
Rating: 9
robpal
Proglord
What a beautiful piece of music.
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03.02.2017 - 09:11
Ganondox
I really like Sectarian.
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03.02.2017 - 18:50
Rating: 7
Doge of Venice
Hmmmm.
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06.02.2017 - 01:24
screenshot
This is like a weird version of Opeth
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06.02.2017 - 10:41
Rating: 10
Morbidron
FUCK ME this is GOOD !!!
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09.02.2017 - 17:38
Rating: 10
Thanosminion
Brilliant album. Usually takes a few spins for me to be onboard for a new release. This only took one listen. I think they've fully matured here into their own. Fantastic riffs, sensitive melodies that are memorable, high energy and just overall fantastic songwriting. These guys are (obviously) highly influenced by some top tier bands but they have morphed it into their own. One of my standard go to bands now. Check it out!
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14.02.2017 - 04:11
Maco
Handbanana
Really enjoyed it on my first listen.
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I'm derp.
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14.02.2017 - 17:49
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi
Really really good, their best so far in overall quality. No super track, like Tabula Rasa on their previous though. Throw in a bit more personality, and maybe a growl or two, and I think we've got a 10.
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16.02.2017 - 18:42
Royalty
Solid.
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17.02.2017 - 23:50
Rating: 7
Diverge
Good songwriting, with a sprinkling of excellent riffs and great melodies here and there. Ultimately, though, Soen doesn't really bring anything new to the table for me and I tend to think their approach is rather bland. It's worth a listen, though.
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19.02.2017 - 15:48
Rating: 10
OpethFlames
I'd list my favorite tracks from this album but I'd pretty much just list every track, great from start to finish!
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25.02.2017 - 19:54
hadriel
Another fantastic albums by these guys. Soen are shaping up to be one of the most consistent prog metal acts out there. The songwriting is excellent and it's really tough to nit-pick for any flaws. At the same time, as others have said, this is still fairly similar to their other material. There's nothing ground-breaking brought to the table so it is hard to say if it will maintain that allure through the rest of the year with more listens, but the whole album is so consistently strong that I'm not sure that it really matters... Others are saying that they've really come into their own with this release, which I'm not sure I really agree with. Still hearing a lot of Toolpeth all through this and a lot of Katatonia as well; not necessarily a bad thing.
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03.03.2017 - 21:35
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi
Dat part when the riff increases in intensity on Opal.
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03.03.2017 - 22:44
Maco
Handbanana
Lmao who needs a new Tool album?
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I'm derp.
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06.03.2017 - 11:57
Rating: 8
musclassia
Sounds like the meeting point at a Tool-Opeth-Riverside crossroads to me, more so than the first two albums that seemed to lean on Tool a bit more, plus a bit of a personal touch in there as well. It's enjoyable and well-made, although it doesn't wildly excite me compared to those other bands to be honest
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19.03.2017 - 22:23
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi
Written by musclassia on 06.03.2017 at 11:57

Sounds like the meeting point at a Tool-Opeth-Riverside crossroads to me, more so than the first two albums that seemed to lean on Tool a bit more, plus a bit of a personal touch in there as well. It's enjoyable and well-made, although it doesn't wildly excite me compared to those other bands to be honest

Personally, now that Opeth has switched styles, Soen is excites me the most out of those 4.
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20.03.2017 - 01:13
Rating: 8
musclassia
Written by Kuroboshi on 19.03.2017 at 22:23

Written by musclassia on 06.03.2017 at 11:57

Sounds like the meeting point at a Tool-Opeth-Riverside crossroads

Personally, now that Opeth has switched styles, Soen is excites me the most out of those 4.


Well, I do prefer this to Sorceress and Heritage (not PC though), Riverside have a big question mark regarding their future sound now that Piotr's gone, and Tool's album is forever just beyond the horizon, so I guess I'm quite likely to prefer Soen's next album to anything the other bands release in the meantime. Still, I'd probably look forward to a new album by any of those bands (even Opeth, I'll always go in with hope that they get more towards what I want from them) than Soen, they still haven't fully clicked with me after 3 albums now
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28.03.2017 - 14:57
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
The Opeth-Tool-Riverside comparison is on point. I think this is their best album yet, great replay value and marvelous musicianship.
Excited to see them live in a week or so.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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30.03.2017 - 12:25
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi
Written by InnerSelf on 28.03.2017 at 14:57

The Opeth-Tool-Riverside comparison is on point. I think this is their best album yet, great replay value and marvelous musicianship.
Excited to see them live in a week or so.

Saw them last night on the tour opening night. Really good performance. They played basically every song from their catalogue that I like, except maybe God's Acre. Opal, Sister, Fraccions, and of course Tabula Rasa were absolutely devastating. Great crowd too!
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30.03.2017 - 14:48
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Kuroboshi on 30.03.2017 at 12:25

Saw them last night on the tour opening night. Really good performance. They played basically every song from their catalogue that I like, except maybe God's Acre. Opal, Sister, Fraccions, and of course Tabula Rasa were absolutely devastating. Great crowd too!

Got me really psyched up The supporting band Madder Mortem are really good as well. Just discovered them.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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30.03.2017 - 23:18
Rating: 9
Kuroboshi
Written by InnerSelf on 30.03.2017 at 14:48

Got me really psyched up The supporting band Madder Mortem are really good as well. Just discovered them.

The lead singer seemed kind of awkward. You'll understand what I mean. The bassist really rocks it out though!
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31.03.2017 - 00:57
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
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Written by Kuroboshi on 30.03.2017 at 23:18

The lead singer seemed kind of awkward. You'll understand what I mean. The bassist really rocks it out though!

Heh xD
I really like her voice though, hopefully their music translates well live
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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05.04.2017 - 17:37
Rating: 9
Crippled_Lucifer
Very Opeth-esque sound. And in a very good way.
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07.04.2017 - 12:35
Rating: 8
InnerSelf
proofread free
Written by Kuroboshi on 30.03.2017 at 12:25

Saw them last night on the tour opening night. Really good performance. They played basically every song from their catalogue that I like, except maybe God's Acre. Opal, Sister, Fraccions, and of course Tabula Rasa were absolutely devastating. Great crowd too!

They kicked ass man! Such stage presence.
The venue was small and so the show felt really intimate. The set list was great and crowd went fucking wilh Opal and Tabula Rasa.
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He who is not bold enough
to be stared at from across the abyss
is not bold enough
to stare into it himself.
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24.04.2017 - 08:55
Rating: 9
_deepblack
Written by screenshot on 06.02.2017 at 01:24

This is like a weird version of Opeth

exactly
but in a good way
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29.06.2017 - 01:17
Unhealer
Eclecticist
This is really good, they are sounding less and less like Tool wannabes. People that have dissed the band in the past should give it a try again with this.
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