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Soen - Lykaia album review

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Cover art for Soen - Lykaia album

The third album from these Swedes takes inspiration from an ancient Greek festival held on the slopes of Mount Lykaion, where werewolves and cannibalism were side acts to human sacrifice. Millennia later, stately metallic anthems such as Opal and Paragon cojoin Soen’s twin influences of Opeth and Tool, the heavy blues of Lucidity a QOTSA-like standout.

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.