Album Review: Soul Enema – Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

SOUL ENEMA Announce Second Abum, Feat. Arjen Lucassen & Yossi Sassi

Progressive Rock, I believe, would be meaningless without constant exploring and addition of new elements. It needs to change, it needs to bring something new, it needs to challenges itself. Although there are quite a few names out there that, at least try, to push the boundaries of the genre, over the course of time Progressive Rock could never actually escape from the form that was established years ago.

Now we come to the point. Soul Enema’s second album “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns” is a 14-track record that goes beyond the norm. The Israeli group greets us with a fantastic voice of Noa Gruman, who absolutely delivers outstanding performance here. Accompanied with occasional growling, the sound of Soul Enema in the vocal department promises a dynamic release. And taking in consideration the instrumentation — that diversity goes even further.

Of Clans and Clones and Clowns

Looking at “Of Clans and Clones and Clowns” as a whole, every song here is different, hard-to-categorize beast, and that is what the Israeli quintet does the best. They create challenging music with an ease that can be heard throughout the record.

“Omon Ra” kicks the record off with an oriental vibe taking its origins from the band members’ homeland. There are few tunes that incorporate these folk motifs. Keyboard work by Constantin Glantz is very varied; he successfully brings together the sound of 1970s and 1980s, which is again arranged very well for the modern-day prog fans.

It takes a huge effort to put together 14 songs that are creatively diverse, but Soul Enema has passed that test in a grandiose way. With the help of some renowned musicians, including Arjen Lucassen and Yossi Sassi, the group has produced one of the year’s best records which beauty lies in the unison of differences.

“Of Clans and Clones and Clowns” is available from Bandcamp here.