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Soen is a supergroup consisting of various high-profile extreme metal musicians. Their debut album Cognitive was released on February 15, 2012.

On May 28, 2010, the formation of Soen was announced, its lineup consisting of former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, ex-Death, Testament and Sadus bassist Steve DiGiorgio, Willowtree vocalist Joel Ekelöf and guitarist Kim Platbarzdis. The group’s first song, “Fraccions”, was released on the band’s official website on October 2010. Their first video, for the song “Savia”, was posted on their Facebook page on February 2012. Their second video is a moody acoustic version of the song “Ideate”. The band’s third video is for the song “Delenda”.

Drummer Martin Lopez has described Soen’s music as “melodic, heavy, intricate and very different than everything else.” Their debut, Cognitive, was released in February 2012 to positive critical reception, the members’ technical proficiency receiving most praise, though many reviewers noted extreme stylistic similarities to the music of Tool.

Martin Lopez commented on the Tool similarity: “We are inspired by Tool but I consider them not only a band but a genre. Besides that, I really don’t think there’s anything to argue about, we make good music whoever it would remind you of. Some people tend to dislike rather than like and are looking for faults instead of seeing music for what it is, good or bad”.

Cognitive was released on Spinefarm records on February 15, 2012.

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  • Demoliti0n

    tool is more than a band, it's a genre. also steve di giorgio fretless bass sounds great

    19 Jul 10:07am Reply
  • Piewl

    This also makes me realise Martin was a big reason to why I loved Ghost Reveries so much.

    21 Jun 7:25pm Reply
  • Piewl

    Martin Lopez deserves some mad cred. One of the biggest reasons I started drumming and sub-sequentially music.

    21 Jun 7:24pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    Aaaaaand a second album was recorded quietly! Made my day!

    17 Jun 5:21pm Reply
  • Eol_

    It's like Tool but without being experimental. The music is pretty good but the album seems empty.

    17 Jun 1:07pm Reply
  • mark4all

    Ого го, до чего ж круто. Вылитый "Инструмент" !

    7 May 7:36am Reply
  • darkgnome

    "Aesthetically resembles Tool, but if you listen to it closely you'll notice it's actually more technical than Tool." No shit :DD

    5 May 1:39pm Reply
  • kereealazer

    Savia sounds so much like a Tool/A Perfect Circle song. It's amazing.

    1 May 6:03pm Reply
  • VrodeDasha

    Неймовірна музика для поціновувачів

    23 Apr 10:16am Reply
  • jesterkp

    Tool fans needed this band.

    19 Apr 5:19am Reply
  • METALRAM

    Great Jams

    14 Apr 10:22pm Reply
  • no_delay

    Шикарное звучание, отменный вокал и тексты. Как будто взяли самое лучшее из Tool и Katatonia. Воистину, давно такой годноты не слушала :3

    9 Mar 7:30pm Reply
  • glowcoma

    nice music and awesome lyrics and matin lopez. \m/

    7 Mar 11:20pm Reply
  • Poisonnation

    I'm hearing similarities with mostly Tool, but also some Opeth and Riverside mixed in too.

    5 Mar 8:20pm Reply
  • ach_mein_gott

    FYI Tool ripped off this band.

    2 Mar 11:54am Reply
  • jaxelr

    "ZOMG i noticed they sound like Tool!!!" I think Mr. Lopez thought he could get away with rehashing tons of that Tool vibe, it would be less obvious if the vocalist didnt tried so hard to pull the damn Maynard wailings...even the album cover reminds me of Lateralus!!! And cmon if youre gonna do this and you by random luck chance have the master DiGiorgio with you, let him drive your songs!!!

    24 Feb 4:04am Reply
  • tfaaon

    "Aesthetically resembles Tool, but if you listen to it closely you'll notice it's actually more technical than Tool. " Well dude, 10.000 Days and Lateralus are probably as technical as this album.

    23 Feb 5:19pm Reply
  • ShantraNoxa

    Cool! C'est bon groupe.

    11 Feb 3:06pm Reply
  • RKozerenko

    Very nice!

    30 Jan 4:27pm Reply
  • niQboy

    This is pretty epic, sounds like a symbiosis between Riverside and Tool. Haven't heard of Lopez in a while, it's great to see he's still active. One of the best drummers ever.

    26 Jan 7:52am Reply
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