"some music was meant to stay underground..."


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


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.


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 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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Haken Comments On ProgPower Appearance

Prog act Haken has issued the following statement about appearing at the ProgPower Europe festival:

"We've just returned from the amazing Progpower Europe in Baarlo Holland this past weekend and what a blast we had! We'd like to say a big, public thank you to: Rene for inviting us in the first place.

"All the crew for being so professional and making everything run so smoothly for us. The other bands for being so great, especially - Brian, Gary, Carl and Brendt of Shadow Gallery for being the nicest legends we've ever had the pleasure to share a stage with!

"And of course the fans and friends, who were exceptionally responsive and an absolute pleasure to hang out with and chat to throughout the day. You made our first Progpower experience really special! Sorry to everybody who asked about T-Shirts, we'll make them available to order asap - watch this space. We now look forward to playing Progpower USA in 2011, which will be our debut performance on American soil!"

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Haken Announces Show With Freak Kitchen

Haken has issued the following announcement about performing with Freak Kitchen at the Camden Underworld:

"We are very happy to announce that we will be playing at the Camden Underworld, in support of the mighty Freak Kitchen, on the 12th of November. We are extremely honoured to share the stage with these guys, it promises to be a great night. If for some strange reason you're unfamiliar with their music, check out their Myspace page, prepare to be blown away. We hope to see some of you there!"

The upcoming Haken live shows are as follows:

10/9 2010 SUMMER'S END 2010 Lydney, Gloucester, UNITED KINGDOM

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More Bands Announces For ProgPower 2011

Italy's Eldritch has announced an appearance at the 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta. The festival is set to take place from September 14th - 17th, 2011, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Dream Evil
Mob Rules
While Heaven Wept
Red Circuit
Creation's End

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ProgPower USA XII Lineup Announced

The 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA festival line up has been revealed. The ProgPower USA XII event will include the first onstage performance from Norwegian progressive metallers Arcturus as well as performance from Therion and many others.

Therion's Christofer Johnsson commented by saying:
"ProgPower USA is definitely one of the better organized festivals we have attended and was a highlight on our first U.S. tour. We feel honored to have been invited again, and will prepare something special for the event, as this is the one and only chance for our US-fans to see us live in their country,"

ProgPower USA XII confirmed bands:

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Haken To Play Summer's End Festival

Prog metal act Haken has checked in with the following update about performing at this year's edition of the Summer's End festival:

"We are very excited to announce that we will be playing at Summer's End festival on Saturday the 9th of October, along with the likes of Ark, Karmakanic and Agents of Mercy (featuring Roine Stolt and Jonas Reingold from The Flower Kings). Please follow this link to check out some of the great surprises this festival has to offer. It would be great to see some of you there."

The details of the upcoming Haken shows are as follows:

10/9 2010 SUMMER'S END 2010 Lydney, Gloucester, UNITED KINGDOM

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Haken Confirmed For ProgPower Europe

U.K. based prog act Haken has checked in with the following announcement about performing at the 2010 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival:

"First of all - a big thank you to everyone who made it down to the Underworld last night - it was great to play to such an appreciative crowd. A special mention also goes to Love Crave and Diablo Swing Orchestra for being such nice guys and gals.

"Exciting news in Haken world; we will have the pleasure of playing at ProgPower Europe on Saturday the 2nd of October, along with the likes of Darkwater, Myrath and Shadow Gallery! (among others). More info about the festival can be found at this location."

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Haken Streaming New Song

U.K. based prog metallers Haken, who include keyboardist Richard Henshall and bassist Tom Maclean of To-mera in their ranks, have posted a new song online from their recently released album "Aquarius." The radio edit of the track "Drowning In The Flood" is currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.

The track listing for the album is as follows:

1. The Point of No Return
2. Streams
3. Aquarium
4. Eternal Rain
5. Drowning In the Flood
6. Sun
7. Celestial Elixir

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Haken Offering Free Song For Download

U.K. prog act Haken is set to release the new album "Aquarius" via Sensory on March 30th, 2010. In celebration of the release Haken is offering a new song off the album as a free MP3 download. The track "Eternal Rain" can be downloaded at this location. You can also hear a stream of the song and a sample track with clips from the whole album at the official Haken MySpace page.

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Haken Streaming New Song "Eternal Rain"

U.K. based prog metallers Haken are currently streaming a new track online. The song "Eternal Rain," which is off their upcoming album "Aquarius," can be heard via the band's official MySpace page. The new album "Aquarius" is set to be released on March 30th 2010, via Sensory Records.

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Haken Posts New Album Teaser Trailer

U.K. based prog metallers Haken have posted a teaser trailer online for their upcoming album "Aquarius," which can be viewed below. "Aquarius" is set to be released via Sensory on the 30th of March 2010. Sample Haken tracks can also be heard through their MySpace page.

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