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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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Sunburst Out Of ProgPower USA XVIII

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Greek power/progressive act Sunburst was dropped from the XVIII roster, due to a VISA issues, in which a particular USCIS agent made an unusual and specific "all-encompassing" request for evidence that was impossible to satisfy in the time left. Harveston also announced that Brazil's Daydream XI will replace Sunburst.

Harveston posted the following announcement: "It is with extreme frustration and disappointment I must announce that Sunburst (Greece) will not be performing at ProgPower USA XVIII. Despite having provided the same type and kind of evidence that has obtained approvals for not only ProgPower USA bands over the last decade, but for well over one hundred other bands submitted by Marc/Play America, one agent at the USCIS (United States Customs & Immigration Services) has deemed our evidence insufficient. Given the all-encompassing breadth of that specific agent's demands (more than ever have been seen by either Marc or myself) in an RFE (Request for Evidence) in our careers, there is literally no hope of satisfying those demands. Sunburst, Marc, & I have all agreed it would be pointless to continue to fight this hopeless battle.

"Rest assured I have every intention of having Sunburst back as soon as possible. They are an amazing band and deserve to be on the ProgPower USA stage. The band is understandably disappointed, but also understand the circumstances cannot be helped.

"I want to calm the fears of those concerned about other bands performing this year. I have already obtained visa approvals for all bands I am specifically responsible for performing on Friday and Saturday. Sunburst was the last band we were waiting on for visa approval. All bands that have been submitted for Wednesday and Thursday so far have also been approved. More...

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Haken Announces North American Tour

In continued support of the "Affinity" album (reviewed here), Haken is about to embark on a summer North American tour. The band issued this statement:

"It gives us great pleasure to announce our return to North America! We had an incredible time last year promoting and performing our latest album 'Affinity.' This time round, we hope to up the ante by bringing our 10th anniversary tour to a whole bunch of new cities and venues, as well as revisiting some of our favourite locations!

"We look forward to celebrating our career so far with all our fans and friends, old and new. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, midday EST with special guests Sithu Aye (except Atlanta and Mexico)." More...

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Haken Posts "1985" Playthrough

Haken recently returned from a triumphant appearance on Cruise To The Edge and now has sights set on a 10th anniversary European tour, which starts later this month. In advance of that, the band just launched a special playthrough video with guitarist Charlie Griffiths.

Charlie had this to say: "For me, the perfect format for an instructional guitar video is VHS. Loading one of those Don Mock, Frank Gambale or Yngwie Malmsteen tapes into the machine was such a magical moment - as it was often the only way you could actually see how those seemingly impossible licks were done! I watched, rewound and re-watched those videos hundreds of times until the tapes were worn out.

"There's something about that tactile experience that I really miss, so for this play-through of '1985' from our album 'Affinity' it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to those days when everything was in lower resolution, yet somehow seemed more palpable." More...

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Haken Re-Releasing Early Albums

On February 3rd, 2017, London-based progressive metal band Haken will release first two albums "Aquarius" and "Visions" as new remastered 2CD editions as well as on vinyl for the very first time.

Check out a remastered version of the "Streams" track taken from "Aquarius" below. Vocalist Ross Jennings commented on the releases:

"As advocates of the physical format and fellow record collectors, it seems almost criminal that our first two albums have never had a vinyl release until now, so we are thrilled to finally give these albums a fresh presentation on the format they deserve. We have taken this opportunity to polish the sound of our beloved concept albums without going back over every little detail and rewriting history.

"In essence we wanted to give these albums a chance to stand shoulder to shoulder in sonic quality with 'The Mountain' and 'Affinity.' In addition to this and due to popular demand, both releases will also be available again on CD with instrumental, or 'Karaoke' versions of every track. This release marks 10 years since we formed the band and started putting together our first demos so it's a perfect time to reflect on these releases and appreciate what we've achieved so far. More...

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Haken Announces 10th Anniversary Tour

London-based progressive metal band Haken celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017. Coinciding with this milestone, the band will go out on a headline tour of Europe in March & April, with tickets on sale this Wednesday at 10am UK time.

Following the release of latest album "Affinity" (reviewed here) InsideOutMusic will also be reissuing the band's first two albums, "Aquarius" & "Visions," on February 3rd, 2017 in new remastered 2CD editions, as well as vinyl for the very first time.

The band had the following to say: "We are delighted to announce our 'Haken X' European tour in celebration of our 10th anniversary. We'll be returning to some of our favourite cities and also paying a visit to several new countries including Austria, Hungary, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic.

"In honour of the ten years Haken has existed, we'll be revisiting material from our entire back catalogue with a special focus on our first two albums 'Aquarius' and 'Visions', which are to be re-released in advance of the tour. We sincerely hope you join us for this special run of shows and we'd be overjoyed to see each of y'all there!" More...

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ProgPower USA Finalizes Days 1 & 2 Lineups

Nathan Block (Swordlord Productions) and Milton Mendonca (Infinity Concerts) - co-promoters for Days 1 & 2 of ProgPower USA - finalized the lineups for the 2017 installment of the annual U.S. Festival. Tickets for Days 1 & 2 will be available on November 1, 2016. For information and ticket links, head on over to this location. Days 3 & 4 have already sold out.

The running order and day placement for Days 1 & 2 is coming soon, but the bands are as follows:

Haken (UK) (Performing "Visions" in full) (Wednesday, September 6, 2017 Headliner)
Metal Church (USA) (Thursday, September 7, 2017 Headliner)
Between The Buried And Me (USA)
Orphaned Land (Israel)
Vanden Plas (Germany)
Serenity (Austria)
Twilight Force (Sweden)
Power Quest (UK)

The eight acts join previously announced acts for (and subsequently sold out) Days 3 & 4 of the festival (brought to you by festival founder Glenn Harveston (HoS Productions), which are as follows: More...

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Haken Gears Up For Tour, Posts "1985"

London-based progressive metal band Haken is set to begin the headlining "Affinitour" in North America next week.

The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL on Aug. 30th and concludes in Portland, OR on Sept. 21st, with a stop at major U.S. festival ProgPower in Atlanta on Sept 10th. New Jersey Prog outfit Thank You Scientist joins the group on this 19 date trek.

In advance of the tour, the band now releases album track "1985" which can be heard below and comes off the "Affinity" album (reviewed here).

Haken had this to say about the upcoming tour: "After last year's success in North America, we've been eager to get back and play to our amazing fans over there and also travel to new territory in Texas, Arizona and the west coast. To make things even more exciting, we're taking one of our favourite bands out with us - Thank You Scientist. If you haven't heard these guys, you've been missing out!" More...

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Haken Announces North American Shows

London-based progressive metal band Haken just completed the European leg of the "Affinitour" in support of latest release "Affinity" (reviewed here). Now the prog band is pleased to announce a North America tour for this coming fall. The tour kicks off in Chicago, IL on August 30th and concludes in Portland, OR on September 21st.

The group will also make a stop at the ProgPower festival in Atlanta on September 10th. New Jersey Prog outfit Thank You Scientist join the group on this 17 date trek. Haken comments:

"After last year's success in North America, we've been eager to get back and play to our amazing fans over there and also travel to new territory in Texas, Arizona and the west coast. To make things even more exciting, we're taking one of our favourite bands out with us - Thank You Scientist. If you haven't heard these guys, you've been missing out!" More...

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Haken Releases "Earthrise" Music Video

U.K. progressive act Haken issued a new music video for the track "Earthrise." The song is taken from the new release "Affinity," which was just issued a few weeks back via InsideOutMusic. A review for the release can be found at this location.

The band had this to say about the new video and album release: "'Earthrise' is definitely one of the more joyful, upbeat and colourful songs on Affinity so we wanted to have some fun with this video. Miles at Crystal Spotlight pulled it out of the bag again and the visuals he's created hopefully add a new dimension to a song that's already proving to be quite popular with our fans!"

Check out the clip here:

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Haken Releases Lyric Video For "The Endess Knot"

U.K. progressive rock act Haken released a lyric video for the new track "The Endless Knot." The song is taken from the new release "Affinity," which is out on April 29th via InsideOut Music (read our review here).

On the track, the band had this to say: "The Endless Knot explores ideas of human survival instinct and the power of unity in the face of extinction. Musically, you could say this is new territory for us as we've taken sounds from dance and electronica music and blended them with our own brand of rock/metal. The end result hopefully gives the song a nice and upbeat, energetic feel. The visuals loosely follow the life-cycle of a star and Miles Skarin at Crystal Spotlight did an awesome job with the animation on this one!"

The new album's track list is as follows:

1. affinity.exe
2. Initiate (check out music video here)
3. 1985
4. Lapse
5. The Architect
6. Earthrise
7. Red Giant
8. The Endless Knot
9. Bound By Gravity

Check out "The Endless Knot" here: More...

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Haken Issues "Initiate" Music Video

U.K. progressive rock act Haken released the first single from the upcoming new release "Affinity." Check out the music video for "Initiate" in the player below. "Affinity" is set to drop on April 29th via InsideOut Music.

The album's track list is as follows:

1. affinity.exe
2. Initiate
3. 1985
4. Lapse
5. The Architect
6. Earthrise
7. Red Giant
8. The Endless Knot
9. Bound By Gravity

Check out "Initiate" here: More...

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Haken Releasing "Affinity"

Haken is pleased to announce the release of "Affinity," the band's fourth full-length studio album and the follow-up to 2013's "The Mountain" (reviewed here) on April 29th, 2016.

Recorded during the winter months of 2015, "Affinity" marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explains: "It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken's sound."

The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. "He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception," remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.

Haken welcomes friend and Leprous frontman Einar Solberg mid-song for a spot of guest vocals at one one of the album's twists and turns. The full track listing is as follows:

1. affinity.exe [1:24]
2. Initiate [4:16]
3. 1985 [9:09]
4. Lapse [4:44]
5. The Architect [15:40]
6. Earthrise [4:48]
7. Red Giant [6:06]
8. The Endless Knot [5:50]
9. Bound By Gravity [9:29] More...

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Haken Records New Album

Prog metal outfit Haken has a new album on the horizon to follow the "Restoration" EP from back in 2014. The band comments:

"Happy New Year, everyone! 2016 is apparently gonna be the year of the fire-breathing armoured Cerberus surrounded by green snakes! Looking forward to that....

"Thanks to everyone who made 2015 such an epic year for Haken. We played more shows than ever, including our first ever North American tour with the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Next To None and a little helping of the legendary Spock's Beard.

"We played some crazy festivals including the outrageous Hellfest Open Air Festival and even got to have our faces blown to bits by Meshuggah in Barcelona! Not to mention a cheeky little support slot for Devin Townsend and Dream Theater. Yes, that actually happened!

"Our first ever tour of Scandinavia saw us opening for Neal Morse and his band full of total gents! We even got to join the insane Between The Buried And Me on their Coma Ecliptic tour across Europe! And to round the year off, we went on a little cruise with a bunch of our favourite bands, friends and fans!

"Oh, and we also wrote and recorded an album that will enter all of your ears soon whether you like it or not and before you know it, we're gonna be pestering you with tour dates, ticket links and more limited edition cassette tapes (or not) than you'll know what to do with! Roll on 2016! Roll on ?#?H4KEN?!" More...

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ProgPower USA Announces 2016 Lineup

Glenn Harveston, promoter for the annual ProgPower USA Festival, announced the lineup for the 2016 edition of the Atlanta, Georgia event. Next year marks the 17th installment and will be headed by a U.S. exclusive performance by Fates Warning featuring original vocalist John Arch performing the 1986 classic "Awaken the Guardian" marking the 30th anniversary of the release.

The complete lineup, which was revealed after Anathema's set this past Friday, September 11th, is as follows:

Friday (September 9, 2016):

Fates Warning (USA) "Awaken the Guardian" in its entirety with John Arch. - a U.S. Exclusive
Scar Symmetry (Sweden)
The Gentle Storm (Netherlands)
Freedom Call (Germany)
Vanishing Point (Australia)
Ascendia (Canada)

Saturday (September 10, 2016):

Devin Townsend (Canada) with special guest, Anneke van Giersbergen
Haken (UK)
Refuge (Germany)
Green Carnation (Norway) ("Light of Day, Day of Darkness" in its entirety. - a U.S. Exclusive)
Serious Black (Multinational)
Savage Messiah (UK)

In addition, 2016 will see the Midweek Mayhem and Kick Off Shows merge into the main festival, to be known as ProgPower USA Days 1-4. Going forward, Wednesday's show will be a joint presentation of Milton Mendonca of Infinity Concerts and Nathan Block of Swordlord Productions and Thursday will feature three bands, each a selection of the three promoters, all of which will be the caliber of band that could headline any day.

Tickets will be sold separately for the first two days (Wed/Thur) and then the second two days (shown above). The first ticket sales for Days 3-4 (lineup above) will go on sale via Ticketmaster on October 3, 2015. Tickets for Days 1-2 go on sale go on sale November 7th (more info coming). More...

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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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