Soen unveil music video for new single “Martyrs”

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Swedish progressive metal unit Soen is pleased to unveil their new video for “Martyrs”. The tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming studio album “Lotus”.

Set for release via Silver Lining Music on February 1st, 2019, the nine songs comprising “Lotus” are intoxicating, addictive aural therapies, questioning much of today’s darkness while juxtaposing them with moments of great escape and hope.
Driven by the contrast of different moods, and fuelled by vocalist Joel Ekelöf’s powerful vocals, sustained by heavy, progressive, and frantic riffs and, ultimately, bonded by the sturdy and cohesive rhythmic section, “Martyrs” is the perfect way to showcase the whole record in one song. The video fiercely depicts an uncensored portrait of contemporary society, underlining the concept behind both the lyrics and the whole album.
Ekelöf notes: “The video and the song reflects the importance to stand up for yourself and not be trapped in other peoples’ expectations of you. People are going to try to push you down and they want you to conform to the prevailing ideals, but as long as you follow your own path, you are never wrong”.
In a world filled with brutality, stigma, and indifference, there is still hope, because, as Ekelöf sings, “we are the ashes and the seeds”.
View the video for “Martyrs” below.

Produced by David Castillo and Inaki Marconi at Ghostward Studios and Studio 6 between July and October 2018, the album marks the first recorded Soen work of new Canadian-born guitarist Cody Ford, whilst the center-point of the album remains those trademark, snap-heavy, progressive Soen riffs. Songs such as “Rival”, “Covenant”, and “Martyrs” are dissertations on modern societies, fraught with poetic, finitely designed confusion and chaos, yet as the name “Lotus” suggests, there is still strength, beauty, and purity to be extracted from what at times seems like an endless cycle of human regression.
“The world right now is undeniably a very strange, tense place”, says Lopez. “I think the songs clearly reflect that, but they also reflect that we must now be stronger than ever in challenging, confronting, and dealing with the pandemonium life throws at us all”.
The lavish “Lotus” artwork features nothing other than an enigmatic and engaging copper-reflective pyramid, offering elements of the sixth sense and greater consciousness before gate-folding open to reveal a girl touched by the copper aura.
“We each have our own personal ideas as to what it means”, says Lopez, “but we’d much rather discuss what others think, what our audience thinks, what the media thinks... I think it’s extremely important that we all communicate with each other and take the time to fully conceive our own meanings and interactions with life and creativity”.
“Ultimately”, concludes Ekelof, “"Lotus" is about rising from whatever darkness, or dark places, you might find yourself. And its inspiration comes from a deep motivation to not just settle for the situation you might find yourself in. Lotus is about changing life - both your own and your surroundings for which we must all take responsibility - and make them better rather than letting darkness pacify you and take you down”.

“Lotus” will be released on CD, LP, and digital formats. For preorders click here.

1. Opponent
2. Lascivious
3. Martyrs
4. Lotus
5. Covenant
6. Penance
7. River
8. Rival
9. Lunacy

Soen will bring “Lotus” to European stages this spring on a near-three-week headlining tour from March 12th through April 6th. Support will be provided by Finland’s Wheel and Denmark’s Ghost Iris. For ticket info click here. Additional European dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
European Tour Dates 2019:
3/12/2019 John Dee - Oslo, NO
3/13/2019 TBC - Copenhagen, DK
3/14/2019 Logo - Hamburg, DE
3/15/2019 Roadrunner - Berlin, DE
3/16/2019 Colos Saal - Aschaffenburg, DE
3/17/2019 Club Cann - Stuttgart, DE
3/18/2019 Backstage Werk - Munich, DE
3/20/2019 Kultopia - Hanau, DE
3/21/2019 Helios - Cologne, DE
3/22/2019 De Effenaar Prognois Festival- Eindhoven, NL
3/25/2019 O2 Academy Islington - London, UK
3/27/2019 L'amperage - Grenoble, FR
3/28/2019 Salamandra - Barelona, ES
3/29/2019 Caracol - Madrid, ES
3/30/2019 Hard Club - Porto, PT
3/31/2019 RCA - Lisbon, PT
4/02/2019 Backstage - Paris, FR
4/03/2019 Z7 - Pratteln, CH
4/04/2019 Legent Club - Milano, IT
4/05/2019 Orion Ciampino - Roma, IT
4/06/2019 Sonic Room Fabricia - Ancona, IT
Joel Ekelof - Vocals
Martin Lopez - Drums
Lars Ahlund - Keys, guitar
Stefan Stenberg - Bass
Cody Ford - Lead guitar