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Best new prog for a long time,
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I'd not heard of or heard Haken until a track appeared on the free sampler of PROG magazine. I was intrigued by Cockroach King to say the least. This a great album, not too much chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga riffing as with so many new prog outfits and plenty of variety. There's a bit of jazz, a bit of folk, Indian and classical influences, even some humour (!) and a suitable nod here and there to old progressive favourites. Gentle Giant-esque in places and reckon I heard a bit of ELP in the vocals somewhere. This is right up there with recent releases from Mr.Wilson, Lifesigns, DT and the like. A friend of mine says it's a bit too prog; that's good enough for me.
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Initial post: 28 Mar 2014 12:36:25 GMT
I've since bought the previous albums Visions and Aquarius and have listened to all three albums a lot (especially in the car). I reckon Haken are quiet simply the best prog band to have emerged in many years. If you've always wanted to like Dream Theater/re but never quite managed it because you don't want to be drummed to death (and you don't like the vocals !), buy all three of Haken's albums. You're in for a real treat.
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Apr 2014 00:47:39 BDT
Noel Jealous says:
I agree with you. I don't like DT's vocals and I don't like the preaching aspect. Also, I don't like the clever but meaningless music. Haken are the best thing to happen to music in a long time.
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