Exclusive: Stream New SOEN Song “Ennui” on Prog Sphere

Soen are releasing their second album "Tellurian" on November 4

Swedish progressive metallers, Soen return with their sophomore studio album entitled Tellurian on November 4th via Finnish label Spinefarm Records. Prog Sphere brings you an exclusive premiere of the song Ennui. Hear it below.

As their forthcoming second studio album Tellurian makes plain, Soen – that’s drummer Martin Lopez (ex-Opeth, Amon Amarth), vocalist Joel Ekelöf (Willowtree), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg – are not concerned with the simple or the shallow; their musical journey takes an altogether more ambitious path, and the result is an expansive body of work, wrapped up in the stunning art of Mexican painter José Luis López Galván, that consistently challenges without being “clever-clever” or tough to enjoy.

The melodies are intricate, the playing muscular and the choruses soaring; overall, the feel is one of a band whose intent is very much in synch with the sort of core values —skilled musicianship, emotion over precision, importance of album artwork— that seem to be back in vogue.

In a recent interview with Prog Sphere, Lopez said: “The new album is more direct and emphasizes on human emotion. We worked hard on finding a balance between technicality and feeling to give the album a lot of sentiment but still keep it adventurous.

Produced by Platbarzdis, mixed by the legendary Grammy Award-winning David Bottrill (Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, King Crimson, etc.) and mastered at Bob Ludwig’s Gateway set-up in the U.S. by Adam Ayan, also a Grammy winner, Tellurian sees Soen taking the approach of their Cognitive debut (2012, Spinefarm Records) and pushing the boundaries in terms of musical scope, the whole thing shot through with the confidence of a band who have found their voice.

Tellurian is out on November 4th via Spinefarm Records, pre-order it here. Stream a new song Ennui exclusively through Prog Sphere below.

Soen - Tellurian

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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