Fireworks

CD Reviews

Soen - 'Tellurian' http://rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/a7/ed/18/Soen-Tellurian-86-1424032711.jpg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     February 15, 2015    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
2257   2   1   0   0   0

Artist

Artist

Title

Genre

A contender for album of the year.

Swedish Progressive Metallers Soen returns with their sophomore album 'Tellurian'. Described in some quarters as a "super-group", the band consists of drummer Martin Lopez (ex Opeth, Amon Amarth), vocalist Joel Ekelof (Willowtree), guitarist Joakim Platbarzdis and bassist Stefan Stenberg who has replaced Steve DiGiorgio.

The album begins with a short instrumental with Latin influences and then thunderous drums and crashing guitars herald the arrival of first single 'Tabula Rasa' which contains lots of complicated riffs and hypnotic vocals from Ekelof, especially during the second half of the song which is more mellow. 'Kuraman' is a cracking track sounding like Dream Theater in parts (shock horror) and again featuring powerful drumming from Lopez. 'The Words' is the closest thing to a ballad on the album and Ekelof's haunting vocals are complimented by Stenberg's Jazzy bass and the song also has some wonderful orchestration.

'Pluton' also has a monstrous intro with drums, guitar and bass producing a really Progressive and powerful sound with a lighter shade during the middle – great song! 'Koniskas' opens with another pronounced bass line from Stenberg and Lopez showers us with more South American fills and amazing time signatures.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Platbarzdis must get a mention for his exceptional playing throughout, the only complaint I have is that there are no guitar solos, however, that is a minor quibble and does not at all detract from the very high quality of this exceptional piece of work. He also produced 'Tellurian' and with the help of David Bottrill's mixing (Tool, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, King Crimson) we have a great sounding album with each instrument being allowed to breathe.

'Ennui' contains more great bass work from Stenberg and some awesome riffs from Platbarzdis and Lopez again proves why he is one of the most respected drummers in this genre.

'Void' and 'The Other's Fall' complete the fifty-four minute (where did that go... yes it is that good) album. Both tracks are very Progressive and display how the band's song-writing has developed. They are longer than the rest of the songs, both clocking in between eight and nine minutes and with this extra time the band have the luxury to go in different directions.
A special mention must go to the stunning artwork of Mexican painter Jose Luis Lopez Galvan.

Soen's debut 'Cognitive' was compared to Tool in many quarters and that album had more of an Alternative feel to it. 'Tellurian' is a totally different beast and I feel privileged being able to review it and I'm not sure my scribblings can do it justice. I really can't wait to see where their next album takes us. For me, this is a contender for album of the year*!

Az Chaudhry

(* ... 2014)

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  March 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
      1  2  3
  4  5  6  7  8  910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 1 week, 3 days ago
  • Hombre 444 : Got mine reading it now,best Rock Mag out on Market by far.
  • Berny : Fireworks #86 is out now!
  • Johns Band : Happy New year Everyone. Will the music film return.
  • Rocktopia Te : The Rocktopia Team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas! :)
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #85 is out now!
  • Berny : @Bill24: Please follow the instructions at «link» or contact me directly at «email»
  • Bill24 : I cannot unzip the mp3's asking for a password. Same one I use to login with? Please someone help. Thanks.
  • SeaDog57 : thanks Berny
  • Berny : The FREE PDF version of Fireworks #82 is still available, including 88 (!!) bonus MP3 songs Just click on the banner on top of the site. Already 800+ downloads and counting!
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: Apologies! Link was fixed, CD 84 is now available from the FIREWORKS menu on top of the page (for registered members only). Thanks & best wishes, B :)
  • SeaDog57 : Doesn't seem to be a download for bonus cd 84 just 2 identical versions of Bonus CD 83?
  • Rocktopia Te : Interviews with Lordi, Dee Snider, W.A.S.P., Myles Kennedy and many more. Check out the Fireworks & Rocktopia interview sections!
  • Berny : We are proud to premiere the new lyric video by MASS! Check out the news section.
  • Berny : Hi biggywiggymusic: Sorted out, apologies for the delay.
  • biggywiggymu : Hi I just ordered download of 84 - took my PayPal and then it said I didn't pay. Have the transaction number. Can someone help?
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks #84 is out now!!
  • amcc1888 : Thanks Berny
  • Berny : @amcc1888: Please check your mail. Many thanks, B.
  • amcc1888 : Hi There i have ordered Fireworks Issue 83 and paid by PayPal but you have charged me twice but the download has not appeared in my account...also sent you a web contact message..anyone there to help me thanks Tony
  • Berny : We proudly present the new lyric video by AMERICAN TEARS, pls. check out our newsfeed!
  • Rocktopia Te : There are now 500 live reviews on Rocktopia! Check out the latest ones, incl. Iron Maiden, Steven Tyler and Steelhouse Festival 2018!
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Purchases were added to your account. Sorry for the troubles, not sure why you are still having issues with the DL store. Pls. check your mail. Many thanks & best wishes, B.
  • Transmet1972 : Sent another email re new purchase. Same download issue. Thanks.
  • Berny : @Transmet1972: Support received your message, I already sent a reply.
  • Transmet1972 : Site wont allow me to send ticket to support.
  • Transmet1972 : I cant access the files for 2 downloadable mags i purchased. Site wint
  • Graham : Hi guys i wonder if anyone knows what happend to Greg Parker who formed the band Ozz that released 2 Lps in 1980,
  • Berny : HEAVEN'S TRAIL premiere their new lyric video on Rocktopia. Check out the news section ... «link»
  • Rocktopia Te : @Berny did another lyric video for ROYAL HUNT. Pls. check out our news aection and watch the video on YouTube ... «link»
  • Hysteria : @ Rocktopia Team: GREAT SONG & VIDEO!!! Thanks for sharing!

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site