01. Seamripper (& The Blanket Statement).
02. Tip-Toe the Fault-Line.
03. Ashes To Earn.
04. Shades of Hades.
05. Reductio ad Absurdum.
06. On Again / Off Again.
07. Lotus Ashtamangala (The 8 Auspicious Symbols)
08. Pareidolized (The Ocean in the Shell).
10. Wave the Banner.
11. Fish Afraid of Drowning.
12. Moebius Knot (Instrumental).
13. Full Circle.
14. Let it Wash Away (The Lotus Effect).
Marcel Coenen – Guitars
René Kroon – Keys
Daniel Kohn – Bass
Roel van Helden – Drums
Paul Adrian Villarreal - Vocals
All music written and arranged by Sun Caged.
All lyrics and vocal arrangements by Paul Adrian Villarreal.
Intro by Daniel Kohn.
Mixed by René Kroon and Marcel Coenen.
Mastered by René Kroon .
Produced by Sun Caged.
Dutch progressive metallers Sun Caged see
their highly anticipated third album "The
Lotus Effect" set for release on 17th June
2011 on Lion Music.
With two critically acclaimed albums behind
them in the 2003 self titled debut and
2007’s follow up “Artemisia”, the band took
time to work on the material that makes up
“The Lotus Effect”.
Musically “The Lotus Effect” is the most
diverse effort yet from Sun Caged containing
both the heaviest and most mellow things the
band has done. Moments of complex
poly-rhythm contrast with very groove based
melodic parts, and of course brilliant solo
sections, and singable choruses all which
give the band their own distinctive sound.
Lyrically the album tries to find themes in
specific stories and circumstances that can
be extracted and turned into universal and
relatable feelings and ideas. Politics,
relationships, personal reflection,
intertwined with modern interpretations of
concepts found within ancient eastern
philosophies. In short, the lyrics try to
find deep meaning in simple everyday truths,
without preaching or sounding grandiose or
pretentious or telling anyone what to do or
“The Lotus Effect” also saw a change of how
Sun Caged created music with much of the
material being written in the rehearsal room
through jamming instead of different members
writing almost complete works at home. This
along with frequent live performances sees a
more complete band sound shine through the
new material. That’s not to say the album
has been an easy one to produce.
Writing and arranging in the band room began
almost immediately after release of
“Artemisia” in 2007. An instrumental demo of
some of the songs was made in 2008 so Paul
Adrian Villarreal could work on
lyric-writing at home, that same year a few
more songs were composed and arranged
including the 24 minute epic that comprises
tracks 7 to 14 on the final album.
Instrumental recording began toward the end
of ‘08. Meanwhile, Paul's lyric writing
process was slowed down by new additions to
his family but at the same time he equipped
his home studio to be able to record the
vocals for the album at home.
At this time the band also went through a
pretty long search for a new bass player.
Crisis was averted as Daniel Kohn was found
just in time to be able to play some gigs in
support of Pain of Salvation in December
2009 where several new songs were debuted at
those gigs, and were well received. By this
time, band and fans were getting anxious and
excited for the new material to be released!
Mixing, mastering and Artwork took the
better part of 2010 with every member
juggling several other commitments and
responsibilities, but happily the last of
the vocal mixing sessions were finished just
before Paul & his wife joyfully saw their
third child born during the albums creation!
In the run up to release the band played
support to Fates Warning in February 2011.
Those who try to describe Sun Caged's music
will find this task to be considerable.
Influences range from progressive metal to
fusion and jazz, and atmospheric and ambient
jaunts. The band's progressive blend is
going to excite lots of listeners because of
its diversity and excitement with "The Lotus
Effect" serving up the most potent examples
of the bands sound yet. The wait has been
• Long awaited third release from one of the
most talked about progressive metal bands to
have emerged from Holland this century.
• Sun Caged have built up a strong fanbase
due to numerous gigs and key support slots
across Europe and the USA.
• Reviews in all leading rock/metal press
• Sun Caged are available for interview in
English, Dutch or German. Please contact
‘email@example.com’ to arrange your