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Haken is a new British band already creating a buzz in the UK with their live gigs in support of King's X, Riverside, and Bigelf. The band fuses metal with progressive rock, drawing influences from Dream Theater, Genesis, IQ, and Queen. Aquarius is a larger than life conceptual work filled with bombastic keyboard flourishes and purely lethal guitarwork.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 30, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • ASIN: B0036OOWR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Celestial Elixer is an interesting piece of music that combines progressive metal with some silly circus sounding music during one part.
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This is a must-own album for any progressive rock fan.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John Kugelman on September 5, 2010
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What a gem this album is! I'm not really sure how I stumbled upon this album, but boy am I glad I did! It's destined to stand alongside other modern prog masterpieces like Ayreon's The Human Equation, Orphaned Land's Mabool, or Arena's Contagion. It's that good.

What stands out most for me are the haunting vocals. "Aquarius" has such a sad and mournful melody. "Celestial Elixir" is powerful and epic, as fantastic a closing song as any I've heard. The singer has a great voice and adds a lot of depth and weight to the songs. The lyrics are a cut above typical prog lyrics, too. I often roll my eyes listening to prog. Thankfully, no eye rolling is needed here.

Haken loves to break up their songs with long, complex, and often just plain silly instrumental breakdowns. Silly in a good way, though, like how Jordan Rudess throws random circus music bits into Dream Theater's songs. I love these parts, when you know the band is just having a lot of fun, and isn't taking itself TOO seriously.

This is a must-own album for any progressive rock fan. I've been playing it practically nonstop for the past two weeks. It's one of those.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nate on August 21, 2010
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I came across Haken by browsing through recommendations made by Amazon, and I really digged the sample for "Drowning In The Flood". So payday came and I decided to drop seventeen dollars to check out this new Brit band's debut album. Needless to say, I am very impressed and hope that Haken can stay together long enough to make the music they can potentially bring forth.

Hands down this is the best debut album I have heard by any band (IMO), the composition work is polished, the sound quality is professional and their sound is very distinct. I will admit they to a frightening degree sound like the days of Genesis with Peter Gabriel, which is not a bad thing; but at they same time possess a vast array of musical influences that show themselves in different parts of tracks on AQUARIUS. My only gripe about AQUARIUS is the lyrical content, sometimes it gets a little cheesy for even the biggest prog rock fan. Outside of that minor infelicity, this album is moving and a delightful turn from the current pattern of progressive bands; Haken is heavily driven by powerful vocals and vibrant keyboard work yet leaves enough room for the axes to show their fortitude. Do not think twice, buy this album!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Aloysius A. Korenkiewicz Jr. on August 9, 2010
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I get chills when I listen to Track 7 on this Cd. I am an avid reader of Prog magazine and when I read about this band I had to give them a listen. The album is one of the best Prog Albums I have heard in a long time. I recommend this one highly. You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian on December 16, 2010
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This is a very impressive album. It manages to sound both neo and classic-prog on the same album, incorporating musical shifts in style and sound much like Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) or Suspyre tends to do frequently. The technical proficiency is way up there so you'll get your runs and licks in. The song writing is very good and while some of the songs can tend to meander a bit at times, their efforts to really shake things up with creative approaches to the musical structure of a song more than makes up for any passages that don't quite work. The vocals remind me very much of Sieges Even from their "Paramount" era sound. Their overall sound is diverse and ranges quite a bit, but you can definitely hear some affection for early Kansas in there (as one might expect from a band who's first song is Point of no Return ;) ).

This is definitely a must-have for both old school Kansas prog and neo-prog Frost/Suspyre type fans alike. It's got about everything you could hope for in a progressive album and I'd rank it just a little below Frost (Experiments) or Suspyre's (When Time Fades) latest, right around the same as Dream Theater (BC/SL) or Porcupine Tree's (The Incident) latest and easily ahead of Symphony X or Shadow Gallery's latest. Definitely give this one a spin!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Orosz on August 16, 2011
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Progressive rock/metal music unlike you have ever heard before. Haken's greatest aspect is their refreshing sound.

'Aquarius', the concept album and debut for Haken is unique and rather incredible. The keyboard is prominent and the guitar work is solid, yet their style of music is very distinct.

Their music literally sounds like a flow, and the instrumentation is really dynamic. Their are plenty of pivotal shifts of sound. The various melodies within the songs are engaging and deep.

Overall, it's one of the best progressive bands I've ever heard especially for a debut album. Looking forward to their future work, Haken certainly has a promising outlook.

Fan of prog or looking for something new, check out Haken and prepare for an incredible musical journey.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GN Johnstone on March 13, 2014
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This may be the 2nd review I've written in 10 years on Amazon, so please understand how special I think this album is. I've loved rock and especially prog rock since I bought Yes' Fragile album when I was 14 years old (I'm 57 now). Yes, Genesis (pre and post Gabriel), Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons Project, Uriah Heep, Tull and many others - I saw them all live in the 70s and bought their albums and wore the vinyl out on many of them.

So, with that information as background, please believe me when I tell you that Haken's Aquarius album is the best prog rock album I've heard in YEARS. This is re-invigorated prog, just great melodies, hooks, rhythms, intricate time changes that somehow sound new rather than a rehash of 70s greats. If you're a fan of prog rock (especially if you're an older fan like me) BUY THIS ALBUM.

The only aspect of it that I'm not crazy about is the obligatory "death growls" often found in modern prog/metal. After all these years, it kind of strikes me as silly, really. Thankfully, it's held to a minimum here. The vocals are fantastic in spite of the few "growly" parts. This is inventive, fresh-sounding music. I'll be buying Haken's other 2 albums shortly!
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