Soen - Imperial
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Why does this sound like what Nickelback would sound like if they were a prog metal band?
Soen began their lives as a ripoff of Tool. Somewhere along their path, they worked out their own individual, highly-polished sound. This is a sound that I've liked a whole lot in the past (their 2019 LP, Lotus was one of my favorites in prog from that year). But this sounds a lot like a much more boring re-hashing of Lotus, and I'm starting to feel like Soen might be a one-trick pony. It's not bad, and it is a sparkly, polished, well-produced album front to back... but damn do I wish they had ... read more
Really good prog metal with good focuses on riffage and melody over technicality. This is a solid album this year.
First half is a bit boring, second one is less predictable and fun. Also, I love how the drums sound on this record. They now have a distinguishable sound, so there's no excuse to keep calling them a Tool ripoff at this point.
Hearing Joel Ekelof sing is like eating through a loaf of stale bread. Despite being more technically proficient, I
have no idea what elevates this band from the generic hard rock and metal that gets played on the radio. This
band severely lacks texture.
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Added on: October 23, 2020