'DECIEVER' TAKEN FROM GLOBALLY CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ALBUM, IMPERIAL. NEW TOUR DATES ADDED.
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The provocative, imperious and engaging Swedish-based metal group SOEN reveal the haunting video for ‘Deceiver’, taken from their fifth album, IMPERIAL, out now via Silver Lining Music.
Founder members Joel Ekelöf (vocals) and Martin Lopez (drums), along with Lars Enok Åhlund (keyboards and guitar), Cody Ford (lead guitar) and Oleksii “Zlatoyar” Kobel (bass) dare to challenge the problems, issues and emotions which threaten to devour us in this ever-increasing frantic world. The outfit exquisitely contrast the light and the shade, the potently heavy yet eagerly dynamic in their latest offering ‘Deceiver’.
“‘Deceiver’ is about battling whatever demons you have and carrying that constant worry on your shoulders, how it can wear you down and make whatever goals you achieve in your life pointless. It’s about standing up against that negativity within you and trying to keep going even if that negative shadow follows you wherever you go"explains Lopez“It’s about standing up against that negativity within you and trying to keep going even if that negative shadow follows you wherever you go”
The video is the epic finale in a three-part visual tale set out with previous offerings ‘Monarch’ and ‘Illusion’."’Deceiver’ is the last video of the trilogy started with ‘Monarch’ and then followed by ‘Illusion’” Time in the story goes backwards, to show us what happened before, and who the burnt man really is. Beneath it all, lies the concept of mankind repeating the same mistakes over and over again.” affirms video producer, Daniele Zed Berretta.
Watch/Listen to the recently released 'Antagonist’, ‘Monarch’ and ‘Illusion’ here.
In conjunction with the release of ‘Deceiver’, SOEN has partnered up with Macedonia based Artist, Ivana Baloska, on the realisation of bespoke hand-crafted jewellery which have been inspired by the band’s latest albums. The new range is available exclusively via SOEN’s Official Record Shop along with the IMPERIAL CD Digipak, Vinyl Album, digital formats and special D2C bundles here“‘IMPERIAL’ is emotional and epic, full of hope and frustration – the panopticon of a tough year. It’s an intelligent, yet deeply moving piece of music”
– Metal Hammer Germany“Between tracks like the tender ‘Illusion’ and the banging opener ‘Lumerian’ lies all the skillfully exercised scope of the SOEN universe”
– Classic Rock Germany“Sharp prog metal delivered with passion and vigour” – PROG“One of the most solid bands out there”
– Ghost Cult“One of the most remarkable releases so far of 2021!”
– Metal Hammer Germany“Another killer album by a band who continues their way to the absolute top!”
– Aardschok“This album contains 8 monster songs and simply doesn't have a weak moment.”
– Progwereld“IMPERIAL is an artistically constructed entity - an almost spiritual experience.”
– Soundi“Let yourself be carried on this majestic journey and let yourself be flooded by emotions and sensations you never knew music can produce. If the rest of the music to be released in 2021 is up to these standards, we are golden.”
– Tuonela Magazine“Each song could be released as a single. Definitely one of the best albums of the beginning of this year for me.”
– Kaaoszine“Short, distinguished & well balanced, IMPERIAL is released 2 years after the excellent ‘LOTUS’ and shows again the high-class level of the quintet"
– METALLIAN Magazine“This mix of assassins riff & strong melodies the band propose is without contest, IMPERIAL which is aptly named, is an album where every piece, totally every piece is in place”
– Rock Hard Magazine France“Unique distinctive sound"
– Metal Hammer Italy“Artistic maturity achieved”
– Rock Hard Italy
Due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, SOEN postponed the first leg of their IMPERIAL European Tour 2021 until winter 2021. Today the band are excited to add fourteen new dates in Europe and the United Kingdom. The tour will kick-off in November 2021 in Odense, Denmark; all purchased tickets remain valid for rescheduled dates and tickets remain on-sale. Full list of confirmed dates, tickets, and additional information available at this location.
2021 Tour Dates:
16 November – Train, Aarhus - Denmark 17 November – Lille Vega, Copenhagen - Denmark 18 November – Posten, Odense – Denmark 20 November – Borderij – Zoetermeer – The Netherlands 21 November – Trix – Antwerp – Belgium 23 November – King Tuts – Glasgow – United Kingdom* 24 November – Rebellion – Manchester – United Kingdom* 25 November – o2 The Institute 2 – Birmingham - United Kingdom* 26 November – o2 Academy Islington, London - United Kingdom* 27 November – La Maroquinerie – Paris – France 29 November – Le Rex – Toulouse - France 1 December – Hard Club, Porto - Portugal 2 December – Lisboa ao Vivo, Lisbon - Portugal 3 December – Shoko, Madrid - Spain 4 December – Apolo 1, Barcelona- Spain 5 December – CCO Villerburbanne – Lyon – France 7 December – La Maison Blue – Strasburg – France 9 December – Arena – Vienna – Austria 10 December – Colosseum – Kosice – Slovakia 11 December – A38 – Budapest – Hungary 12 December – Randal – Bratislava - Slovakia 14 December – Pralnia, Wroclaw - Poland 15 December – Drizzly Grizzly, Gdansk - Poland
2022 Tour Dates:
28 January – Pustervik, Gothenburg - Sweden 30 January – John Dee, Oslo - Norway 2 February – Logo, Hamburg - Germany 3 February – Luxor, Cologne - Germany 4 February – Melkweg, Amsterdam - The Netherlands 6 February – Z7, Pratteln - Switzerland 7 February – Backstage, Munich - Germany 9 February – Largo Venue, Rome - Italy 10 February – Magazzini Generali, Milan - Italy 11 February – Revolver, San Donà di Piave - Italy 12 February – Colos Saal, Aschaffenburg – Germany 13 February – Hellraiser – Leipzig - Germany 15 February – Proxima, Warsaw - Poland 16 February – Fraanz, Berlin - Germany 18 February – Klubben, Stockholm - Sweden 20 February – Tavastia, Helsinki - Finland 21 February – Olympia Kortteli, Tampere – Finland
*Tickets on sale March 8th
IMPERIAL Track Listing:
1. Lumerian 2. Deceiver 3. Monarch 4. Illusion 5. Antagonist 6. Modesty 7. Dissident 8. Fortune
- Joel Ekelöf - Vocals
- Lars Enok Åhlund - Keyboards and Guitar
- Oleksii “Zlatoyar” Kobel - Bass
- Cody Ford - Lead Guitar
- All songs written by SOEN
- Produced and recorded by Iñaki Marconi
- Vocal editing by Ricardo Borges
- Vocals on track 1 to 5 and drums recorded and produced by David Castillo
- Mixed and mastered by Kane Churko
- Cover design by Enrique Zabala
- Art Design by Wriliya
- Cover photo by Mark Laita
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