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SOEN Continues Fight For Equality And Human Rights On New Album 'Memorial'

By David E. Gehlke Drummer Martin Lopez is the first to admit that his post-OPETH career in SOEN has required a lot of work. The band's 2012 "Cognitive" debut was immediately hit with TOOL comparisons, perhaps justifiably so, rendering bass legend Steve DiGiorgio's (DEATH, SADUS, TESTAMENT) inclusio...
August 14, 2023
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Sky Void Of Stars

Acclaimed Swedish producer Dan Swanö used to protest over KATATONIA vocalist Jonas Renkse's love of dissonance. Where Renkse's longtime partner, guitarist Anders Nyström, preferred streamlined, conventional melodies, the frontman has long favored the opposite, whipping up circuitous, heady songs tha...
January 16, 2023
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PANTERA, DISTURBED, AMON AMARTH And ARCH ENEMY Among More Than 100 Artists Added To Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

PANTERA, DISTURBED, AMON AMARTH, ARCH ENEMY, ARCHITECTS, BEHEMOTH, KREATOR and MESHUGGAH are among the 103 artists who have been added to the 26th edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 15-18, 2023 in Dessel, Belgium. For the 26th time, the Stenehei festival venue in Dessel wil...
November 24, 2022
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METALLICA, SLIPKNOT And BRING ME THE HORIZON To Headline 2023 Edition Of U.K.'s DOWNLOAD Festival

United Kingdom's Download festival is back to celebrate its epic 20 year legacy with four headline sets for the first time ever. Announced today are headliners SLIPKNOT, BRING ME THE HORIZON and METALLICA, who will deliver two massive no-repeat performances. This year the festival will take place ov...
November 7, 2022
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KATATONIA Announces First North American Tour In Five Years

Melancholic metal masters KATATONIA will return to North American shores this fall after a five-year absence. The massive 2022 headline tour, featuring support from progressive metal frontrunners THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE and prog-folk force CELLAR DARLING, is set to begin on November 9 in Washington, D....
August 23, 2022
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METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS And NINE INCH NAILS Among 350 Artists Who Will Perform At 2022 Edition Of France's HELLFEST

METALLICA, GUNS N' ROSES, SCORPIONS, DEFTONES, FAITH NO MORE, AVENGED SEVENFOLD and NINE INCH NAILS will headline next year's edition of Hellfest, set to take place over two weekends, June 17-19, 2022 and June 23-26, 2022, in Clisson, France. No less than 350 artists will perform on six stages, with...
June 17, 2021
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SOEN Feat. Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'Illusion' Music Video Available

SOEN, the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of AMON AMARTH and OPETH),will release its fifth album, "Imperial", on January 29, 2021 via Silver Lining Music. The official music video for the latest single, "Illusion", which follows the tale of a fat...
January 22, 2021
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SOEN Feat. Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'Monarch' Music Video Available

SOEN, the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of AMON AMARTH and OPETH),will release its fifth album, "Imperial", on January 29, 2021 via Silver Lining Music. The official music video for the latest single, "Monarch", can be seen below. "'Monarch' is...
December 13, 2020
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SOEN Feat. Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'Imperial' Album Due In January

SOEN, the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of AMON AMARTH and OPETH),will release its fifth album, "Imperial", on January 29, 2021 via Silver Lining Music. The lyric video for the first single, "Antagonist", directed by Zev Deans, can be seen belo...
October 24, 2020
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VIO-LENCE, ROSS THE BOSS, SEVEN WITCHES, TOXIK And BRUJERIA Among Latest Additions To 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

VIO-LENCE, ROSS THE BOSS, SEVEN WITCHES, TOXIK, AETERNAM and BRUJERIA are among the latest confirmed acts for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Round X of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020. As always, 70000 Tons Of Metal will be host of some very exclus...
December 31, 2019
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EXODUS To Play Special 'Bonded By Blood' Set On 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

EXODUS, THE FACELESS, WHIPLASH, INCANTATION, HAVOK, EDENBRIDGE, NOVEMBERS DOOM and GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS are among the latest confirmed acts for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. EXODUS will play two very special sets: one "best-of" set and one celebrating the 35th anniversary of...
December 25, 2019
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ATHEIST, CARACH ANGREN, CATTLE DECAPITATION And ORPHANED LAND Among Latest Additions To 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

ATHEIST, CARACH ANGREN, CATTLE DECAPITATION and ORPHANED LAND are among the latest confirmed acts for next year's edition of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Round X of 70000 Tons Of Metal will sail January 7 to January 11, 2020. As always, 70000 Tons Of Metal will be host of some very exclusive perf...
November 22, 2019
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MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, SORTILÈGE, SOEN, TROLLFEST, GRAVE DIGGER, Others Confirmed For 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

The organizers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced that legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker and his band MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be aboard next year's edition of the cruise. The one and only original Mad Axeman, the triumphant genius of six strings, will be joined by the foll...
November 8, 2019
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EX-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'The Metal Scene Is Really Far Behind On Social Issues'

Hakos Pervanidis of Greece's "TV War" recently conducted an interview with drummer Martin Lopez (ex-OPETH, AMON AMARTH) of progressive heavy rock group SOEN. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SOEN's latest studio album, "Lotus": Martin:...
October 20, 2019
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SEPULTURA, NIGHTWISH, DIRKSCHNEIDER, KORPIKLAANI, Others Featured On 'Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder The Hell'

The greatest heavy metal festival in the world, Wacken Open Air, will unleash its latest collection on July 26 through Silver Linings Music/Wacken Records when "Live At Wacken 2018: 29 Years Louder The Hell" smashes into stores. The 16th release in the "Live At Wacken" series, which dates back to 20...
June 6, 2019