UNTO THE LO­TUS

Martin Lopez gives Rhythm a glimpse into the new al­bum

Rhythm - - BEAT! -

For­mer Opeth drum­mer Martin Lopez is back with his Soen project.

Lopez, who oc­cu­pied the Opeth drum stool be­tween 1997 and 2006, play­ing on seven of the band’s al­bums, co-founded Soen in 2012 and the band is set to­er­lease its fourth al­bum in 2019.

“The world right now is un­de­ni­ably a very strange and tense place,” Lopez said of the al­bum, Lo­tus. “I think the songs clearly re­flect that, but they also re­flect that we must now be stronger than ever in chal­leng­ing, and deal­ing with the pan­de­mo­nium life throws at us all.

“We are all very for­tu­nate to have this place where we can go and ex­plore thoughts, per­spec­tives and emo­tions,” he added. “There are def­i­nitely things that we say, and places we go, in Soen that would be very hard to ex­press with­out us com­ing to­gether and cre­at­ing mu­sic.”

The record has been worked up un­der the watch­ful eyes of pro­duc­ers David Castillo and Inaki Mar­coni at Ghost­ward Stu­dios and Stu­dio 6.

Soen will tour through­out Europe in March 2019.

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