May 18

Soen – Memorial Tour 2024 + Trope

Union Stage All Ages
Doors 7PM | Show 8PM

About the event


Initially formed in 2004, it was in May 2010 that the formation of Soen was officially announced. The original lineup consisted of former Opeth drummer Martin Lopez, Testament and Sadus bassist Steve Di Giorgio, Willowtree vocalist Joel Ekelof and guitaris Kim Platbarzdis. The first song “Fraccion” was released on the band’s official website in October 2010.

Funding member drummer Martin Lopez, describes Soen’s Music as “melodic, heavy and intricate”.

Since Lopez and Joel Ekelof formed the group, Soen have never shied away from exploration and analysis of self or society, both as musicians and expressionists. 2012’s “Cognitive” beat a firmly heavy, progressive metal path, before 2014’s “Tellurian” saw Soen star to to stride freely into their own power and unique visions.

Their third offering, “Lykaia”, was a conceptual journey exploring earthier places.

Soen’s fourth album, “Lotus” is another journey using a different set of perspective. The Album was released on February 1st 2019 via Silver Lining Music. Produced by David Castillo and Inaki Marconi at Ghostwards Studio and Studio 6 between July and October 2018.

Lotus” contains dissertations on modern society such as “Rival”, “Covenant” and “Martyrs” that are the fraught with poetic, finitely designed confusion and chaos. Specific meanings, however, remain at once deeply personal and wholly universal.

Produced by Iñaki Marconi and the band, “Imperial” (2021) was mixed and mastered by Kane Churko, who has worked with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Bob Dylan.  Eight crisp, sharp, and supremely constructed songs spanning frustration, reflection and hope, “Imperial” is the most fierce and dynamic release of Soen’s journey, which will engage the listener immediately and sustain long after this crazy time has passed, its rich details destined to make it a classic metal album of this era. 


Trope is an alternative rock band with progressive elements featuring vocalist Diana Studenberg and guitarist/producer Moonhead. The band formed in 2016 and spent the next couple of years writing and recording demos which became their debut album “Eleutheromania”. In 2022, Trope toured Europe on a 26 date tour in 15 countries supporting The Pineapple Thief and also played 6 shows with The Pineapple Thief in US in April 2022, before embarking on a USA tour with Symphony X and Haken, for 27 dates in May 2022. The band also played with Kings X in the US in 2023, and played select festivals including Maximum Rock Romania and Summerfest in the US. In 2024, Trope will be playing select dates with Kings X and embarking on a 25 date US tour with Swedish Prog Metal group Soen.

With musical contributions from some of the worlds best drummers including Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, The Pineapple Thief), Ryan Van Poederooyen (Devin Townsend), Gunnar Olsen (Puscifer) and more. Trope’s sophomore double album Dyad is set for release in Spring 2024.

This show is at Union Stage

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740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024