SOUL ENEMA Releases New Apocalyptic Comics Video for “Spymania”

Heroes and villains are fighting the world in a mystic conspiracy thriller, coming from the factory of an Israeli Progressive band Soul Enema. “Spymania” is a part of a new album Of Clans and Clones and Clowns, released on June 23rd. A colorful and diverse 73-minute work features guest appearances from Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) and Yossi Sassi (ex-Orphaned Land) and mixed by Jens Bogren (OpethDevin Townsend).

As it turns out, evil reptilians from the planet Nibiru came down to Earth, and they are very close to getting the key to universal knowledge. The superhuman powers of Batman and Chuck Norris stand on their way, but it turns out, that only something related to the world of music is able to save the human race. What is it? Watch out till the end! ” the band commented.

We used some paintings of a brilliant modern Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin, who’s a big phenomenon in his home country, but still not really known in the Western World yet,” says songwriter and keyboard player Constantin Glantz, adding, “I must state that ‘Spymania’ has some amusing background. The lyrics for this song were written way back in 2006, or maybe even earlier, and it features a kind of goofy, paranoid mock story about someone being mysteriously thrown down from the roof of Empire State Building, and seen too many things you ain’t allowed to see, while flying down to the ground. So much, in fact, that this person was forcefully killed even before he naturally hit the ground. Fast forward to the year 2015, and guess what — suddenly we have a totally real conspiracy scandal taking place around the same Empire State Building during a big ecological happening, when some claimed there’s Kali or Satan images projected on building windows, as part of some mystic apocalyptic ritual! The Hell you know, indeed.

Watch a video for Spymania below. Soul Enema’s follow-up to 2010’s Thin Ice Crawling was released on June 23rd and can be ordered here.


Roots and Roads by Yossi Sassi Band

All music & lyrics by Yossi Sassi, except “The Explorientals”: Music by Yossi Sassi, Or Lubianiker, Shay Ifrah, Roei Fridman , Ben Azar
Produced by Yossi Sassi

The Yossi Sassi band
Yossi Sassi – Vocals, Guitars (Electric, Nylon-String, Acoustic, 7-Strings), Bouzoukitara, Bouzouki, Charango, Oud, Saz, Chumbush, Keyboards on “Madame TwoSouls”, “Road Less
Or Lubianiker – Electric Bass
Shay Ifrah – Drums
Ben Azar – Guitar solos 2 and 3 on “Palm Dance”, Electric Guitar on “The Explorientals”
Sapir Fox – Vocals (“Road Less Traveled”, “Bird Without A Tree”, choir on “Wings”)
Roei Fridman – Percussion

Guest musicians
Zaher Zorgati – Vocals on “The Religion Of Music”
Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal – Guitar solos 1 and 4 on “Palm Dance”
Diana Golbi – Vocals on “Root Out”
Roy Zu-arets – Piano
Yoav Efron – Keyboards on “Wings”, “Rizes Kai Dromoi”, “The Religion Of Music”, “Thundercloud”
Bob Katsionis – Hammond and additional keyboards on “Rizes Kai Dromoi”
Ariel Qassis – Kanun
Daniel Hoffman – Violins
Itzhak Ventura – Arabic, Turkish and Persian Ney
Danielle Sassi – Flute
Yankale Segal – Fretless Bass on “Bird without a tree”
Assaf Perelmuter – Lap steel, Diddley bow
Harel Shachal – Clarinet
Dan Piloni Kark, Jonathan Jacobi, Liron Schaffer – Choiron “Wing”

Management & Production Management: Raya Kosovsky
Cover art sculpture: “Suspended orange tree” by Ran Morin,
environmental sculpture & planning
Cover, booklet artwork and photos by Irene Serrano Espejo
Cover art photo by Cobe Tamshes
Band photo by Ami Bornstein
Album Design by Guy Nakash

Legal consulting: Ivri, Kerner & Co .Law Offices
Special thanks to our families and Jeremy Shotts

Engineered and recorded by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts, Tel-Aviv Jaffa
Assistant engineer – Aner Baruch
Guitars technician – Benjamin Millar
Drums technician – Ami Bornstein
Zaher Zorgati recorded by Kevin Codfert @ X-Fade studio
Mixed by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts
Mastered by Jonathan Jacobi at Jaffa Sound Arts
Pre-production & additional recordings by Yossi Sassi at Simplyossi studios

Madame On Steroids:
Arranged by Ben Azar
Guitars recorded by Ben Azar at Ben Azar’s studios
Ben Azar – Guitars
Or Lubianiker – Bass
Shay Ifrah – Drums
Mixed by Liron Schaffer at Jaffa Sound Arts

Quarter to Rizes:
Arranged by Roei Fridman, Yakir Sasson and Elyasaf Bashari
Recorded at Extension Studios by Yakir Sasson
Yakir Sasson – Trumpet
Elyasaf Bashari – Oud, Bass
Mixed by Aner Baruch at Jaffa Sound Arts

“Thundercloud” is dedicated to anyone who lost a dear person.
In loving memory of Shmuel (Shmil) Yair (the biggest heart ever),
Shay Milstein (the midey lives forever) and Amira Salach, my
beloved grandmother. To my father David Sassi, recovering from a
hard stroke – You gave me all the wings I need.