Soen Live Review O2 Islington Academy 25/3/19

Soen are a potential festival headliner in the making 8.5/10


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Joel Ekelöf of Soen

Words and photographs (c) Jade Greenbrooke

Compiled of members from AMON AMARTH, OPETH and TESTAMENT, I had high expectations for progressive rock supergroup SOEN, and wasn’t disappointed.

Setting the scene the show was progressive rock group WHEEL, all the way from Helsinki, the group came out clad in black hoodies, concealing their identities from the first few songs.

Changing the tone, GHOST IRIS took over the stage, a progressive metalcore band from Denmark, where WHEEL got everyone warmed up, GHOST IRIS really got the blood pumping in the crowds veins and had everyone riled up from the start with their high energy and hardcore breakdowns, the band almost didn’t seem to fit with the two more melodic progressive rock bands on this line up, but are a great addition to making the show as a whole one for everyone to enjoy.

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SOEN’s opening song Covenant is a personal favourite, so instantly I was drawn in and happy they chose arguably their best song off their newest album, Lotus, to set the scene. Having listened this album repeatedly for the past few weeks, listening to the song live was no different vocally – frontman Joel Ekelöf’s vocals being on point the entire night. Despite not being the most energetic of frontmen (understandably due to the nature of SOEN’s music), Ekelöf still manages to keep the audience engaged and excited throughout, oozing with charisma.

It was impossible to draw your attention away from him, especially with such impeccable vocals, mainly during iconic songs such as Lascvicious and Slithering. The rest of the band made up for Ekelöf’s lack of movement, Martin Lopez (previously from AMON AMARTH and OPETH) has incredible energy to match the momentum and powerful prowess of songs such as Martyrs and Rivals.

The highlight of the night though had to been SOEN’s exit song, Lotus, a masterpiece of a song, each of the band’s talent is highlighted within this song, with wonderfully arranged riffs from the band’s bassist Stefan Sedberg and guitarist Cody Ford. With an excellent crowd that filled London’s O2 Academy Islington, I can’t see it being long before SOEN take the UK by storm, a potential Ramblin’ Man headliner in the making?  8.5/10

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