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Aquarius

30 Mar 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 30 Mar 2010
  • Label: Sensory Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Sensory Records
  • Total Length: 1:12:44
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  • ASIN: B0044C3YEO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,296 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graeme on 22 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
If you've read the other reviews, you'll already have seen the mentions of Dream Theater. To be fair, they're entirely justified. That's not to take anything away from Haken, however. DT is a great band, and so is Haken.

This, their first album, tells a rather curious tale of a mermaid-of-sorts (hence the rather stunning cover). That might sound a little silly, but it actually works within the overall context of the album. There are some really good lyrical moments if you sit and listen to this which manages to make the story both interesting and strangely moving.

But what sets Haken apart is the musicianship. All musicians are clearly very proficient, a bit like, er, Dream Theater. Thankfully, Jennings' voice is very different to Labrie's!

All in all, great music used to tell a strange story delivered by great musicians and a very good singer.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Baz91 on 24 Oct 2011
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Haken's debut is simply brilliant. I tentatively bought this when one of my friends recommended them to me, as I am also a fan of Dream Theater. In my mind, Haken have quickly surpassed DT with this exciting, quirky, perfectly realised album. Indeed, the quirkiness is what keeps the album so fresh, as we'll hear a jazz solo here or a circus theme there, and the band don't play straight progressive metal at all. This is a fun, yet deeply moving album, something that doesn't come around often, and is not just my favourite album of 2010, but one of my top 20 albums ever!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 Feb 2012
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This is the best thing I've found since Dream Theater, and I think they may actually be British !

Frankly I wish I'd rated all my previuos prog metal faves 4, because this is a 20 star rating.

it is SOOO good in so many ways

Vocally - wee bit Radioheady, but soaring

Drum / Bass - FUNKY and HEAVY

Guitars - Clean, Heavy, Skillful

Keys - Oh my, I come over all a quiver every time I hear the intro to track 2, it's like Firth of Fifth but better

The range of sounds on offer is breathtaking from all out rock, dirty riffing and absolutely crystal clear pillows of sound.

All in all, wonderful playing, perfectly paced, and one of the top albums of the year.

AND I just bought the next one too !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mutleysky on 12 Sep 2011
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ok its modern prog but on first listen you hear dream theater, porcupine tree, opeth, queen, pink floyd, styx, kansas, marillion,genesis amongst others. they seem to have set no boundries for their music. their british, young, and probarly the best collective of musicians in the country.i would rate this as one of the finest debut albums out there. from jazz tinged melodies to brutal almost death like heavyness. plus on the plus side for old school proggers its a concept album about a mermaid, but dont let that put you off, the story is as good as any decent concept (eg.scenes from a memory, operation mindcrime etc).a stunning piece of work that dream theater would be happy to release. cannot praise this album enough. i would recomend this ablum to anyone who likes anything prog to anything heavy.if i was rich id say that if anyone did'nt like it i would personally refund their money. but as im not i wont.....
please give a listen, you will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Pearson on 5 Nov 2011
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The other reviews give more details, but this is the best cd I have listened to in a while. Fantastic songs, great singing, interesting imagination. A little growling which I hate but did not spoil the overall cd. The only criticism is that it's a shame the production quality is not as good as their second cd (musically weaker in my opinion). Buy It!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SJL on 14 May 2013
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If you combine the imagination and scope of Pink Floyd, the harmonies and lyrical beauty of Andrew Lloyd Webber, the talent and creativity of Muse, add some finest Deep Purple and blend it all together with operatic power and beauty, you might begin to sense the sheer wonder of this stunning album, but to be true, Haken stand alone in their own right and set the bar for 'progressive metal' as high as I have ever heard. And I say that as a metalhead who is far older than he cares to admit to.

Aquarius is an astonishing, refreshing, powerful, and emotional musical experience that the words of any review cannot adequately convey, even though I'll try anyway. Quite simply, the first track, the Point of No Return will sweep you up into the beginning of a melodic metal mystery tour, a moving, magical story unfolding through its seven parts as it carries you along through elation, wonder and occasional tears, bringing the whole experience together in the fantastic finale track Celestial Elixir.

Haken's musical and instrumental talent is as good it gets in metal, yet also transcends any simple definition, unashamedly fluid in their combinations of genres, incorporating harps, clarinets, trumpets and exquisite keyboards as they effortlessly weave both power and soft harmony to cast their spell, and the gorgeous vocals of Ross Jennings perfectly express Aquarius's intelligent and moving lyrical tale.

For those looking for three minute, foot-tapping ditties, this likely isn't for you. But for those in search of a rapturous musical journey of both technical and lyrical brilliance that is not afraid to ebb, flow and take its time as it explores both heights and depths of beauty as it builds to it's finale, I cannot recommend this album high enough.
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