Israeli prog metal quintet Soul Enema has teamed up with Prog magazine for an exclusive premiere of their sophomore album Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, out on June 23rd. The album can be streamed from this location.
About the record, the band stated: “We are delighted and proud to present you our new album ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns’ in its full length! A hard, prolonged and intense work of many people, that has finally resulted in a 73 minutes of this crazy, funny, sad, colourful, expressive, rocking, exciting slice of our world, our hearts, our souls. A myriad of styles, moods, emotions, influences, experiences. Looking at the golden age of rock music, at its best representatives, it was about the great songwriting, pushing the boundaries, taking chances and setting the trends instead of following them. About depth and impressive substance. We attempted to capture these principles, the way we see it fit for a modern times, and we hope that you will find a multicoloured world we present here, deserving of a long-term interest. We’d like to thank everyone involved in album production, the fans, the friends, the supporters—you made it happen. Time to enjoy the music!”
Of Clans and Clones And Clowns features guest contributions from Ayreon’s Arjen Lucassen, Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (from leading Russian proggers Orgia Pravednikov). The record was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren at the Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.
Head over to Prog to stream the album in its entirety, and pre-order the record from Bandcamp or iTunes.
Israel-based Progressive Metal band Soul Enema is announcing a release date of the upcoming album titled Of Clans and Clones and Clowns. Out on June 23, the album is now available for pre-order from Bandcamp and iTunes.
The promising band's second album represents an interesting and varied combination of influences, including 14 tracks mixed an mastered by legendary Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Paradise Lost, Symphony X).
Soul Enema has issued a statement on the forthcoming album saying:
"Looking back, it took a lot of time and effort to create ‘Of Clans and Clones and Clowns,’ and the final result brings the feeling of a real accomplishment. It was a long, complicated process, constantly laden with a myriad of good reasons to give up or compromise. It probably couldn't be any different, as our goal was a mature, well-produced statement, consistent in quality throughout, and at the same time versatile enough in its various moods, styles and approaches.
“A creative and diverse Rock/Metal album, exploring vast melodic and rhythmic territories — from ABBA to Zappa, from King Crimson to King Diamond, between East and West and way beyond — in true progressive fashion. Like any reflection of the world we live in, it takes a wild ride over a wide emotional spectrum: sad, funny, perfectly sane, totally insane, very direct, quite obscure, and everything in between.”
Of Clans and Clones and Clowns also features guest contributions from Ayreon’s Arjen Lucassen, Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land, Yossi Sassi Band), Sergey Kalugin and Yuri Ruslanov (from leading Russian proggers Orgia Pravednikov).
The band commented:
“We had a great honour of featuring the instrumental talents of these, as well as other wonderful musicians. Our next aim was to ensure that all of these components work in the final picture, and that's the reason why we welcomed one of the best guys on the list to mix and master this work — Jens Bogren. It deserved the best possible treatment, just as you as a listener deserve the best possible quality. The mixing process was far from trivial, and it took some effort to shape everything our way - clear and powerful enough, yet not overproduced. So, if you like what you hear, please order yourself a CD, or the highest quality digital download, to have it the way we really meant it to sound - full-scale and uncompromising. We hope you will have your own exciting experience with the album!”
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