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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

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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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ProgPower USA XII: Day Two

If you attend Progpower, make sure you opt for the VIP gold badge over the regular. This will get you in to the “Insider Sale” where you will be able to purchase CDs of all of the bands that will be playing at next year’s festival. Gold badge attendees this year were treated to this sale in the vendor room long before the doors opened to regular attendees. Among the CDs on sale were some albums that previously had not received a US distribution, such as Amaranthe's debut.

When the doors finally opened, everyone was eager to get in and out of the bright Atlanta sun for another twelve hours. Being such an exclusive event, you could instantly strike up a conversation with any stranger you meet and be on the same page. With social barriers down, everyone was talking with everyone, discussing albums, bands, and previous ProgPower festivals.

UK-based progressive-symphonic band Haken was first up for the day, though the place was only half full about ten minutes before the band’s set. Clearly, the after-parties of the night before had been great. The venue eventually filled up in time for Haken’s second song. It was to be an exciting set, although a bit short. Seeing guitarists Richard Henshall and Charles Griffiths, as well as keyboardist Diego Tejeida rip some masterful solos did the trick on kicking hangovers from the night before. More...

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Prog Sphere Offers Free "Generation Prog" Sampler

Prog Sphere is offering a free sampler download ahead of the Generation Prog Festival in Nurenburg, Germany, which is scheduled for September 23-24, 2011. The sampler is available at this location.

The track list for the sampler:

1. Haken – "The Point Of No Return" (from "Aquarius")
2. Relocator – "Aavishkar" (taken from "Relocator")
3. Effloresce – "Sunset in the Snowdome" (taken from "Shades of Fate")
4. Exivious – "Waves Of Thought" (taken from "Exivious")
5. Theory Of Elements – "In the End" (taken from "Faces")
6. To-Mera – "Earthbound" (Bonus Track) (taken from "Earthbound")
7. Andromeda – "Veil of Illumination" (taken from "The Immunity Zone")

A parial list of the "Generation Prog 2011" festival schedule:

Friday, September, 23, 2011:

23:15 Haken
21:50 Exivious
20:25 Effloresce
19:30 Ocean Spout

Saturday, September 24, 2011:

23:00 Andromeda
21:45 Relocator
20:25 Subsignal
19:30 Theory of Elements

For more information on the festival, visit this location.

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Haken Reveals "Visions" Preview

Haken has announced the band's new album "Visions" will see release on October 25th via Sensory Records. The band has now posted preview trailer online featuring music from the new album, which can be found below. You can also check out the album artwork and a recent statement from the band about the release here.

The "Visions" track listing is as follows:

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind’s Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions

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Haken Comments On Upcoming Album

London-based progressive stalwarts Haken have announced the details on their completed upcoming sophomore full-length concept album, entitled "Visions." The new album is in its final stages of completion now, and is set for North American release on October 25th via Sensory Records — the label having also released Haken’s 2010 debut, "Aquarius" (reviewed here).

In a statement made this week about the new album, Haken vocalist Ross Jennings ensures: “We are confident this album will not disappoint fans of Aquarius. As well as pulling some signature stunts, we are also trying to raise the bar with our compositions, and as individual players. We poured everything we’ve got into this album; it’s been a really emotional year for us and hopefully that comes across in these songs.”

"Visions" will be made available early to fans in attendance at this year’s ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 16th where Haken is set to make its North American debut live appearance alongside labelmates Creation’s End and Voyager, as well as Therion, Labyrinth, Ihsahn, Dream Evil, Sanctuary and more.

The "Visions" track listing is as follows:

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind’s Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions

Stay tuned for more updates on Haken as "Visions" nears its release date and the band sets sail for American shores in the weeks ahead. Check out a brand new Visions trailer created by the band here.

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Haken Reveals "Visions" Track Listing

Haken has announced the band's new album "Visions" will be released this coming October. The band also previously posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming album. Haken has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing, which can be viewed below. The band commented on the album's progress through two Facebook posts:

"Mixing. Done! All thanks to the mighty Christian Moos! What's that? There's a guest musician featured in Visions who also played on the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back?!"

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind's Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions

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Haken Posts New Album Teaser

Prog act Haken has announced its upcoming album "Visions" will see release this coming October, with the album currently in the mixing process.

The band has also now posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming release, which can be viewed below.

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