(9/10) The moment I listened to Soen’s third longplayer for the first time was with earphones on a flight. I didn’t do this by purpose but in fact it turned out to be a great momentum. This has less to do with being on a flight. It was more the intensity of this longplayer that comes across best with earphones, a situation that makes you entirely focus on the music. There was no distraction at all and the chance of paying full attention to each of the eight song on “Lykaia” helped a lot to discover all the aspects of this awesome release.
“Lykaia” is Soen's album number three and it’s the most mature one up to date. Martin Lopez and companions wrote more than just songs. Each of the tunes is a composition that is well thought through by still being vital and dynamic. This album is a hybrid including technical finesse, progressive creativity and a melancholic mood. Such a combination results in eight songs with every single one of them being very well crafted. The excitement for the listener couldn't be much higher, considering the passion for details on this album together with a certain hardness, a mixture that works from beginning to end.
From the moderate paced opener "Sectarian", via the Tool-like "Orison" and the alternative rocker "Sister" to the excellent closer "Paragon", it’s Soen offering a musical kaleidoscope that contains music done for fans who are fascinated by big soundscapes and emotional depth. Pink Floyd's shimmering through here and there as well as the mentioned Tool. The band unties these influences and own creativity to an outstanding blend in rock music.
"Lykaia" isn't like shooting from the hips. This album is aiming for perfection that includes a weaved-in ease which makes the album organic and soulful. This longplayer is a true highlight of this current year 2017 and I am not going out on a limb assuming that this disc will pop-up in quite some of the 2017 top ten lists. Two thumbs up for Soen.
Genre: Alternative Progressive Metal
Release Date EU: February 3rd, 2017