Boasting two members of To-Mera, an ex-member of Linear Sphere and graduates from some of the world’s finest music conservatoires, this London-born sextet are the “prodigiously talented youths that will benefit prog.” – Classic Rock presents Prog Magazine. Within months of their first show in July 2007, Haken were billed in support of Riverside and, in the following months, performed headlining sets to packed houses around London, including several sold-out shows at “the best live music venue insouth-west London”, The Peel. On the strength of these performances Haken were selected to open for King’s X in Wolverhampton and London in January 2009 only to join forces with Bigelf a few months later on their first UK tour, culminating in a sold-out show in London. Even before the release of their debut album, Haken had fast become well respected within the British metal community, and their unique and imaginative genre-bending approach has since earned praise from all corners of the globe.
In March 2010, Haken’s debut album Aquarius enjoyed international release under Sensory Records. Mixed at Spacelab Studios (Germany) by Christian Moos (Delain, Wolverine, Everon) with artwork created by Dennis Sibeijn (Slipknot, Slayer, Disturbed) Aquarius has fast become a progressive metal favourite worldwide, receiving journalistic praise such as “progressive release of the year” (Fireworks Magazine – UK) and “so assured, you’d swear these guys had been around for a decade. Aquarius is extraordinary” (Decibel Magazine – USA). Topping the 2010 album chart on progarchives.com, the release of Aquarius led to shows with the Diablo Swing Orchestra and Freak Kitchen and soon earned Haken a slot on the bill of ProgPower Europe 2010, their first show abroad, and indeed their debut festival performance.
With their live show now well established and a debut album under their belt, Haken began to spread their music across Europe claiming “band of the weekend” at Summer’s End Festival 2010 (UK) which also featured bands such as Agents of Mercy and Karmakanic. They performed on the same stage as Threshold and Vanden Plas at the new Fused Festival 2011 (UK), shared the bill with Guthrie Govan at Monkeyfest 2011 (UK), and also played alongside Exivious and Andromeda at Generation Prog 2011 (Germany).
Receiving an invitation to play at both Night of the Prog Festival (Germany) and ProgPower USA in the same year (2011) marked the pinnacle of Haken’s live career to date. Having now played shows with Dream Theater, Anathema, IQ, Arena, Therion and Evergrey, the band surprised the prog world by releasing their second studio album a mere eighteen months after their debut.
Visions saw worldwide release in October 2011 and has since sparked off even more interest and enjoyment from the fast-growing Haken fanbase. “Haken throw themselves headfirst into some of the most complex, intriguing and beguiling progressive music that’s been made this side of Close To The Edge. They really are that good!” – Classic Rock presents Prog Magazine, and it wasn’t long before Visions joined Close To The Edge on Progarchives’ top 100 prog albums of all time.
2012 saw Haken return to Night of The Prog to play alongside Spock’s Beard, The Flower Kings and Steve Hackett and were invited to play the Devilstone Festival in Lithuania, sharing the stage with Anathema. Haken then moved on to play a highly acclaimed headline show at France’s prestigious Crescendo Festival , which set the band up perfectly for a co-headline European tour with Headspace.
In 2013, while writing and recording their third album, ‘The Mountain’, Haken found time to tour with the Finnish Prog Maestros, The Von Hertzen Brothers. Easter 2013 saw Haken play memorable sets at two of the UK’s top prog festivals, HRH Prog and Celebr8.2, showcasing two new songs from their upcoming album. Autumn 2013 will see Haken tread new ground in Italy when they share the bill with Three Friends and Neal Morse at the Veruno Festival as well as playing many dates across Europe.
‘The Mountain’ was mixed and mastered by the legendary Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, the studio chosen by Opeth, Devin Townsend, Symphony X and many more great bands. Haken have achieved an ambition by signing a worldwide deal with InsideOut Music. Thomas Waber, Head of InsideOut Music, commented, ‘We have been following the development of these guys for quite some time and are extremely happy to welcome them to the InsideOut Music family’.
Haken will celebrate joining forces with InsideOut Music with the release of ‘The Mountain’, an album the band believes will be one of their defining works. Line-Up Charlie Griffiths (guitars) Ray Hearne (drums) Richard Henshall (guitars & keys) Ross Jennings (vocals) Diego Tejeida (keys) Conner Green (bass) Discography Enter the 5th Dimsension (2007 Demo) Aquarius (2010) Visions (2011) The Mountain (2013)