first spin of Tellurian was a disappointment, I missed the catchy tool-esque feel Cognitive had. now I'm quite certain, the new album is a step forward. Tellurian is showcasing Soen having come to a sound of their own, also the songwriting feels more smooth and organic. especially the three longest tracks Pluton, Void and The Other's Fall are absolutely gorgeous!
I think the vibe of music is why they go in the same bucket with Tool. They both have very ballsy drum and aggressive bass parts, but the live in different realm melodic-wise. I also kinda like the fact that Soen has more scooped and plucked sounding bass while Tool has tone and mids cranked up.
Seems I was right, definitely enjoying Tellurian more than I first thought I would...will see which track stands out when I can buy it in lossless listening, it sounds a touch squashed in mp3 compared to most albums.