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Haken

Formed: 2007
From: London, United Kingdom
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Haken was formed in 2007 by To-Mera guitarist and keyboardist Richard Henshall and his two school friends Ross Jennings (vocals) and Matthew Marshall (guitar). The band completed their lineup with a keyboardist they met on an online forum, Peter Jones, and Jones' close friend and drummer Raymond Hearne, and To-Mera guitarist Thomas MacLean became the band's bassist. They recorded a demo in 2007 that contained two tracks, 'Snow' and 'Souls'. With the demo they began to play small live venues in London, with some good response. In 2008 they then recorded four more songs, 'Manifolds', 'Blind', 'Sleeping Thoughts Wake' and 'Black Seed', and released a full-length demo including all six existing tracks.

Later in 2008, Marshall and Jones left the band to pursue other careers. Charlie Griffiths, the guitarist for the band Linear Sphere and Anchorhead became a full time member of the band. The keyboardist Diego Tejeida joined the band in late 2008 as well. As they began to tour more, even opening a few UK shows for King's X, Sensory Records recognized them and offered them a record deal. They began recording for their debut album, Aquarius, soon after, and it was released in March 2010.

Haken released their second album, Visions, in October 2011. On June 20, 2013 Haken announced their new album, The Mountain, which will be released on September 2 by InsideOut Music. The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.

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Latest Haken News

Below is our complete Haken news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Haken Working On Album

London-based progressive metal band Haken is currently in North America doing a run of shows with label mates Spocks Beard and Next To None.

The band will join Between The Buried & Me on a European tour later this year as main support, and has also started work on a forthcoming new album. Haken comments:

"Excitement levels are off the scale in the Haken camp at the moment! Being offered a tour support slot with one of our favourite bands is an absolute dream come true. Their music has had a massive impact on us as a band and individual musicians over the years.

"Our new album is shaping up to be a real beast! We've written a bunch of sketches and are currently selecting which ones to develop further. We can't wait to share it with everyone." More...

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Next To None Announces Shows With Haken

Next To None, the teen band recently signed to InsideOut and featuring Max Portnoy, will be opening select shows for English labelmates Haken this coming April and May.

The band features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. Next To None's debut album, "A Light in the Dark," is due for release on June 29th in Europe and June 30th in the U.S. See the band live:

4/25 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
4/26 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
4/27 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
4/30 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
5/1 Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
5/3 Springfield, VA - Empire More...

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Haken Announces North American Tour

Prog outfit Haken will be visiting North American shores for ten dates in the Spring supporting latest album "The Mountain" (reviewed here), including a headlining appearance at the 12th annual Rites of Spring Festival (aka ROSfest) in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Supporting the band on most dates is Next to None, the band featuring Max Portnoy, son of prog drummer extraordinaire Mike Portnoy. InsideOut label mate Spock's Beard is on the bill for the dates in Quebec City and Montreal. Haken guitarist Charlie Griffiths had this to say about the imminent visit:

"One of our biggest ambitions since the beginnings of the band has been to tour the USA. For it to actually be happening is an amazing feeling. We honestly can't wait to get over there and play our music.

"We've only had a couple of opportunities to meet our American friends before; first at Prog Power USA in 2011 and then at Prog Nation at Sea in 2014 and the fans were incredibly passionate about the music. We're looking forward to visiting some new places and hopefully seeing a lot more new faces.

"We've put together a great set list covering the whole Haken discography and I really think they're going to love it. For a couple of the Canadian shows we're going to be sharing the stage with Spock's Beard, which is crazy because we've been fans of theirs for years. More...

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Haken Posts Tour Video Diary

Prog metal outfit Haken has released the first in a series of video tour diaries online, which can be seen below, and the band also comments: "We hope you enjoy Chapter 1 from our UK/Ireland tour with Leprous and Maschine back in October!"

Haken's latest EP "Restoration" was released back in November, and the song "Crystallised" can be heard over at this location.

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Haken Streaming "Crystallised"

London-based progressive metal band Haken is set to begin a U.K. & Ireland tour with Leprous & Maschine this week, before new EP "Restoration" is released (October 27th in Europe, November 10th in the U.S.).

To celebrate, Haken has launched a stream of the longest track on the album, titled "Crystallised," as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt & a poster. Check out the track below, and enter the competition at this location.

The band also recently launched a brand new video for the track "Darkest Light," which can be seen here. The new EP's track listing is:

1. Darkest Light (6:44)
2. Earthlings (7:52)
3. Crystallised (19:23) [featuring Pete Rinaldo and Mike Portnoy] More...

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Haken Releases "Darkest Light" Music Video

U.K. progressive metal act Haken released a music video for the re-worked track "Darkest Light." The song appears on the upcoming new EP release "Restoration," which will be released in the U.S. on November 11th via Inside Out Music as a digital release only.

The band had this to say: "'Darkest Light' was our first chance to work creatively with our new bass player Conner Green. It was a natural fit right from the start as not only did he bring with him some insanely cool bass playing, but also a great positive energy that made the whole Restoration EP incredibly fun to make."

Ray adds: ''Darkest Light' is based on 'Blind', one of our favourite tracks from the original 07/08 demo. We've managed to chop the old song in half, cut away all the excess fat and produce a 6 minute rowdy riff roller-coaster that will surely find a home in the heavier side of our live show."

"Restoration" is comprised of three reworked and updated songs which originally appeared on their 2007/08 self-produced demo, and the release has been mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. It will be released as a digital download, and a vinyl LP including CD.

The track listing for the EP is:

1. Darkest Light (6:44)
2. Earthlings (7:52)
3. Crystallised (19:23)

Check out "Darkest Light" here: More...

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Haken Announces New EP "Restoration"

Following the release of Haken's critically acclaimed album "The Mountain" last year (see review here), plus plenty of touring and even three nominations at this year's Progressive Music Awards, the London-based progressive metallers are extremely pleased to announce the release of the digital-only 'Restoration' EP in the US on the 11th of November 2014 via Inside Out Music.

"Restoration" is comprised of three reworked and updated songs which originally appeared on their 2007/08 self-produced demo. The release was mixed & mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios.

Vocalist Ross Jennings explains: "Redoing a few of our favorite tracks from the demo is something we've talked about doing for ages and the fans have been asking for it constantly. We were also excited about working creatively with our new bassist Conner Green, so this seemed like the perfect way to welcome him aboard."

Guitarist Charlie Griffiths continues: "merely re-recording the demo songs would have felt musically redundant and dishonest, since three of us didn't play on the original recordings. The band's sound has evolved considerably in the last few years so we used the demo tracks as a starting point and gave ourselves free reign to re-imagine them and make them relevant to who we are today. These are now the definitive versions and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out."

The final track "Crystallised" is a no holds barred epic including guest "cameo" appearances by Pete Rinaldi (Headspace) and Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic/Flying Colors).

The track listing for the EP is:

1. Darkest Light (6:44)
2. Earthlings (7:52)
3. Crystallised (19:23) More...

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Mike Portnoy Talks Prog Nation Cruise

While on tour with his American power trio - The Winery Dogs - Mike Portnoy filmed an epic and personalized invite video to his first ever Progressive Nation at Sea Cruise.

Portnoy takes you band by band and leads you through the musical adventure that attendees have to look forward to at this one of a kind, floating prog festival taking place February 2014. Mike Portnoy had this to say:

"I could not be any prouder or any more excited than I am for Progressive Nation At Sea 2014. It is my ultimate dream lineup ranging from legends like Jon Anderson & Adrian Belew to Prog trailblazers like Spock's Beard & the Flower Kings to today's most extreme cutting edge artists like Devin Townsend and Periphery.

"I am also excited to be playing with Bigelf, PSMS & Transatlantic...the final encore of which will see Transatlantic & Jon Anderson joining forces for a one-time only set of Yes classics! This is going to be a historic experience and the Prog event of the Millennium! You will not want to miss out on this!"

The lineup features Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend Project, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Anathema, Riverside, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly, Anneke van Giersbergen, Mark Mikel and Next to None. More...

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Haken Posts "Somebody" Live Footage

Haken has posted footage online of the band's first time performing the track "Somebody" live, which comes off the band's new album "The Mountain" (reviewed here). Check it out below, and the album's full track listing is:

1. The Path
2. Atlas Stone
3. Cockroach King (watch the video here)
4. In Memoriam
5. Because It’s There
6. Falling Back To Earth
7. As Death Embraces
8. Pareidolia (clip available here)
9. Somebody More...

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Haken Posts "Cockroach King" Video

Haken has released a video, in "full VHS quality," for the exclusive 7" single edit of the track "Cockroach King." Check it out below.

"Cockroach King" comes off the band's newly released album "The Mountain" (reviewed here). You can also watch the previous music video for "Pareidolia" at this location. The album's track listing is:

1. The Path
2. Atlas Stone
3. Cockroach King
4. In Memoriam
5. Because It’s There
6. Falling Back To Earth
7. As Death Embraces
8. Pareidolia
9. Somebody More...

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Progressive Nation To Become A Cruise Festival

Progressive Nation is hitting the high seas in 2014! The inaugural sailing will occur on February 18th - 22nd 2014 on the luxurious Norwegian Pearl heading from Miami to Great Stirrup Cay and Freeport, Bahamas. The lineup includes:

Transatlantic, Portnoy Sheehan Macalpine Sherinian, Jon Anderson, Adrian Belew's Power Trio, Devin Townsend, King's X, Spock's Beard, The Flower Kings, Pain Of Salvation, Riverside, Animals As Leaders, The Safety Fire, Tony Harnell & Bumblefoot, Bigelf, Beardfish, The Dear Hunter, Haken, Jolly And Next To None

Progressive Nation founder Mike Portnoy elaborates:

"In 2008 & 2009, I created a touring package called 'Progressive Nation' and with Dream Theater headlining, we did three full tours (two in North America and one in Europe) that showcased a variety of bands that embraced the spirit and musicality of progressive music.

"Well after a 5 year hiatus, I have decided to resurrect Progressive Nation and this time we are taking it to the seas! But rather than a 4 band bill like previous Progressive Nation tours, we have expanded the bill to OVER A DOZEN of today's greatest progressive bands, musicians and artists! (and there may be one or two more still to be confirmed)

"Myself and my former DT bandmate Derek Sherinian have teamed up with Sixthman (who have done incredibly successful cruises with Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the annual Kiss Cruise to name a few) as well as our friends at InsideOut Music and look forward to a very successful inaugural launch of Progressive Nation at Sea Feb 18th thru 22nd 2014. More...

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Haken Releases "Pareidolia" Music Video

U.K. progressive act Haken, featuring Tom MacLean and Richard Henshall of To-mera, released a music video for the new track "Pareidolia." The song appears on the band's third album "The Mountain," which is scheduled for release on September 2, 2013 via Inside Out Music. Pre-orders can be made over here.

The track listing for the album is:

1. The Path
2. Atlas Stone (streaming here)
3. Cockroach King
4. In Memoriam
5. Because It’s There
6. Falling Back To Earth
7. As Death Embraces
8. Pareidolia
9. Somebody

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Haken Posts New Song "Atlas Stone"

Progressive metallers Haken recently revealed details of the release for their forthcoming third album "The Mountain," which is due to hit the streets on the 2nd September in Europe and 17th of September 2013 in the USA. This new album will follow previous full-length "Visions" (reviewed here).

In conjunction with the UK's Prog Magazine, you can now hear the first track to be released from the album entitled "Atlas Stone." Check it out below. The band had this to say about the track:

"'Atlas Stone' has a delicate mix of soft chiming passages, jazzy interludes and crunching riffs and encapsulates the spirit of the 'The Mountain' perfectly. The song is exhilarating and uplifting but is tinged with a sense of urgency and desperation which reflects one's journey to the peak of the mountain. We can't wait to play it on our upcoming tour in September!"

Rich Henshall and Charlie Griffiths of the band also recently said of the new album: "Musically, the new songs feel rawer and more emotional than anything we've created in the past. All the essential elements of our sound are still there but have been delivered in a more gritty and focussed style. We've really pushed ourselves in all areas and truly believe that this album is a step up from any of our previous work, so we are extremely excited about sharing 'The Mountain' with everybody." More...

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Haken Reveals New Album Title

Prog metal outfit Haken has announced the follow-up to the "Visions" album (reviewed here), will be titled "The Mountain." The new album is due out this coming September 2nd, 2013. Further details will be announced as they become available.

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Haken Announces Live Shows

London prog act Haken recently signed to InsideOut Music, and is currently working on a new album and follow-up to the "Visions" release (reviewed here).

The band has now checked in with the following brief announcement about performing a handful of live shows: "We're taking a little break from recording now to prepare ourselves for our first 2013 shows!!!! Who's coming???"

5.4.13 - London w/ Von Hertzen Brothers
6.4.13 - Cardiff w/ Von Hertzen Brothers
7.4.13 - Rotherham - HRH PROG FEST!!!

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Haken Signs With Inside Out

Prog metal act Haken has inked a deal with Inside Out Music for the release of a new album and follow-up to "Visions" (reviewed here). Haken simply comments: "Absolutely chuffed to announce our new signing to Inside Out!"

The label also stated: "Please welcome HAKEN to the family! Watch out for their new album soon and if you live in the UK you can catch the band live on the following dates."

APRIL 5th UK - London - Assembly Room* Brothers
APRIL 6th UK - Cardiff - Bogiez*
APRIL 7th UK - Rotherham - HRH Prog Festival
MAY 12th UK - Kingston upon Thames, London - Celebr8.2 Festival
*supporting Von Hertzen Brothers Official More...

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Haken Posts Snippets From New Album

Haken, which was covered in the Prog Power USA edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, is currently working on an upcoming third album. The band has now posted the following message online about streaming a teaser for the album:

"OK, you guys have waited long enough! Head over to our bandpage now to listen to and download a few short snippets from the album 3 demo!!!! Merry Xmas guys and thanks for being so patient!"

This upcoming new release will follow the band's 2011 album "Visions" (reviewed here). Further details will be revealed shortly.

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Unearthing The Metal Underground at ProgPower USA

Each week, carrying on faithfully in the tradition of bringing the bands that are currently simmering in the underground up to a rolling boil, we feature several quality underground bands in their respective genres. With the 'power' side of the ProgPower USA XIII festival already unearthed in October, the 'prog' side remains unspoken for.

The ProgPower USA festival has taken turns at skewing the balance toward one genre, but has been notorious for bringing in bands who straddle the line between both in the eyes of those with a more liberal view of things. The lines of demarcation are not very clear and the next year's roster often ends up surprising many. Fortunately, many prog bands are able to weave their way into the system and capture some attention. One such band hopped the ocean to pre-empt their 2nd album release, unveiling that they would be selling the CD months in advance at the show.

Haken

Few bands brought the prog with such unabashed love as Haken in the festival's history. As the openers of Day Two of 2011, a spot happily filled this year by fellow prog-heads Beyond The Bridge, the boys of Haken unleashed a set list that included one song from their upcoming album, "Visions" (reviewed here,) but focused mostly on the first album, "Aquarius." Multiple melodic themes are developed throughout the albums, with expert re-interpretations for emotional impact linking up with the storylines. Both albums are concept albums, and both involve songs that go beyond the 20-minute mark, showing their prog side.

Haken is a five-piece, with keyboardist and Haken main brain Richard Henshall performing both keyboard and guitar duties. Henshall and Diego Tejeida both focus on crafting synthesizer sounds not heard elsewhere, which often makes for multi-faceted lead tones. Haken bassist Tom Maclean heads a prog metal sideproject by the name of To-Mera with Henshall assisting, as well.

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Haken Offering Free Song Downloads

Prog act Haken is currently offering a free download of the "Insomnia" song, taken off the band's latest album "Visions" (reviewed here), as well as a live version of "Celestial Elixir" off the band's "Aquarius" album (reviewed here). Haken comments on offering the song downloads:

"Here's a FREE download of Celestial Elixir LIVE at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, recorded in September 2011. Oh yes!

"Just follow this link or head to the 'FREE Haken Music!' tab at the top of our Facebook page. Thanks for being such legendary fans!"

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Haken Posts Bass Instructional Clip

Haken has posted a bass instructional video clip online for part of the the title track off the band's new album "Vision" (reviewed here). The video is available below, and the band commented:

"By popular request, here is a demonstration of the tapped bass lick from the second verse of 'Visions' by Haken. Enjoy!"

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