Lykaia, SOEN’s critically-acclaimed third album, will be reissued next month via Silver Lining Music. Titled Lykaia Revisited, the offering features live tracks from the band’s 2017 European tour, updated artwork by Paul Tippett, and is enriched by everything the progressive metal unit experienced while performing songs from the album on the road.
“The tour was great, and when you have the chance to play songs live night after night, they take on another perspective,” says SOEN drummer Martin Lopez, “and on reflection, we all felt that Lykaia could greatly benefit from being remastered; that there were improvements which could be made that would better the album and also seal the Lykaia era perfectly.”
Celebrating the tour’s success, fans purchasing physical product will enjoy “Sectarian” from the RCA Club in Lisbon and “Lucidity” from the Largo Venue in Rome. Those opting for the digital format will hear “Jinn,” also from the RCA Club in Lisbon.
Said Decibel Magazine, “Led by ex-Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, SOEN’s live sound is powerful and engaging. It’s hard to believe that ‘Lucidity’ is a live performance until the audience’s clapping at the end of the song. There are no voice cracks, awkward banter or jarring transitions as the band shifts from quiet into louder, almost psychedelic, sections. In other words, the live tracks on Lykaia Revisited aren’t throwaways at all. They’re a worthwhile window into the world of a very talented, experienced band.”
Paul Tippett’s updated artwork also comes as a result of allowing a great concept to produce a further angle. “Again, we just felt we could improve and realize another version of the art,” says Lopez, “and the great thing about this version is that it has a very ‘iconic-logo’ feel, taking the main element of the first sleeve and giving it a more emblematic perspective and serving as a great visual way to close the Lykaia chapter of SOEN.”
Lykaia Revisited was mastered by Gentry Studer at Epic Mastering and is was released worldwide on Sept 14th. Orders are available at THIS LOCATION.
Joel Ekelöf – vocals
Martin Lopez – drums
Stefan Stenberg – bass
Lars Åhlund – keyboard, guitar
Marcus Jidell – guitar