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LIVE: SOEN – May 20, 2024

Venue: The Underground

City: Charlotte, NC

Dates: May 20, 2024

Review and Photographs by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur (

While traveling for business, I always check around to see who I might be able to catch live in a different city and venue.  The most recent trip brought me to Charlotte, NC and I was able to check out one of my favorite bands that never seems to tour near me – Swedish progressive rockers SOEN.  This show was everything I expected from the band.  The mix of tracks from across their last three releases as well as a couple from their debut gave everyone a great smattering of their songs, releases, and overall vibe.  Pulling from their latest (and my personal favorite) release, I was able to hear “Sincere,” the killer “Unbreakable,” “Violence,” and the discs title track “Memorial.”  There was some exchange between front man Joel Ekelöf and the crowd swirled in between his singing as well as allowing each band member to have their moment in the spotlight (not figuratively as the smaller venue had a limited lighting rig).  Listening through the rest of the set, I was prompted the next day to listen through the two other releases highlighted – Imperial and Lotus.  The songs pulled from here helped demonstrate the band’s overall sound hasn’t changed while the overall sonic seems to have shifted for the better.  Going back to the beginning, the band treated us to “Ideate” and “Savia” from the debut and these sounded as heavy and fluid at the same time as the rest of the catalog and set.  There were solos imbedded int he song, as well as basslines, fills, and riffs from bassist Oleksii ‘Zlatoyar’ Kobel, drummer Martin Lopez and keyboardist Lars Åhlund respectively allowing the rhythm section to step up front for a few moments.  Imperial was given the most love with the trio of songs – “Monarch,” “Illusion,” and “Modesty” – being lumped together in the middle of the set, but this grouping worked perfectly.  Lead guitarist Cody Ford brought life to each solo, ripping into the riffs DNA, and delivering them to us one after another with precision.  Fittingly, Soen opened and closed the evening with newer tracks “Sincere” and “Violence” allowing everyone to settle in for the musical ride.  Here’s hoping I get another shot at hearing / seeing these guys live again in the future.

SETLIST: Sincere – Martyrs – Savia – Memorial – Lascivious – Unbreakable – Deceiver – Ideate – Monarch – Illusion – Modesty – Lotus – The Words – Antagonist – Violence









Category: Live Reviews, Photo Galleries

About the Author ()

ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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