IMPERIAL will be released on January 29th 2021, via Silver Lining Music. Available as a CD Digipak, Vinyl Album, digital formats and special D2C bundles. For pre-orders, go to this location

The provocative, imperious and engaging Swedish-based metal group SOEN reveal the thought-provoking and emotive video for ‘Illusion’, taken from their fifth album, IMPERIAL, set for release via Silver Lining Music on January 29th 2021.

Founder members Joel Ekelöf (vocals) and Martin Lopez (drums), along with Lars Enok Åhlund (keyboards and guitar), Oleksii “Zlatoyar” Kobel (bass) and Cody Ford (lead guitar), are an undeniable cypher for all the issues and emotions which swirl around us. The outfit once more step up to challenge our perceptions of life and humanity with ‘Illusion’, an addictive ballad brimming with bewitching guitar riffs, powerhouse-soaring chorus’ and a poignant message for all of us to reflect on.

“Illusion is a song about the shared responsibility amongst us if we wish to improve the world, change has to be made by us, you and me...the people”

asserts Lopez

“It’s about the frustration of feeling powerless but also the hope in realising that things can be changed for the better”

furthers Lopez,

“if we stop criticising each other and making enemies of ourselves by blindly following the ideas of politicians and their media.”

Ekelöf affirms

“we can’t just sit around and wait for those in power to help, they are preoccupied with battling each other in matters of greed and power.”

The video follows the tale of a father and daughter in their quest for survival in a dystopian universe.

Video Producer, Daniele Zed Berretta comments:

“‘Illusion’ video is about dreamers. There are people who are ready to lose everything to follow their dreams, no matter the cost. Others are afraid of making dreams come true, so they stop right before fulfilling them, just to keep dreaming”

Watch/Listen to the recently released ‘Antagonist’ and ‘Monarch’ here.

Produced by Iñaki Marconi and the band, IMPERIAL was mixed and mastered by Kane Churko, who has worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Dylan. Eight crisp, sharp, and supremely constructed songs spanning frustration, reflection and hope, IMPERIAL is the most fierce and dynamic release of SOEN’s journey, which will engage the listener immediately and sustain long after this crazy time has passed, its rich details destined to make it a classic metal album of this era.

Fans eager to catch SOEN performing their new material, will have to wait till the Autumn for the band to be able to get on the road again. It is in fact with great regret that SOEN has had to postpone the first leg of their IMPERIAL European Tour 2021, due to the ongoing restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will now kick-off in November 2021 in Odense, Denmark; all purchased tickets remain valid for the rescheduled dates and tickets remain on-sale. New dates in Denmark, Portugal, Spain and Poland have also been added.

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
26 November – o2 Academy Islington, London - United Kingdom
1 December – Hard Club, Porto - Portugal
2 December – Lisboa ao Vivo, Lisbon - Portugal
3 December – Shoko, Madrid - Spain
4 December – Apolo 1, Barcelona- Spain
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
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

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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