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3.64 | 245 ratings

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3 stars Vector is another solid release by Haken. While more of the same from this level of talent is not always a bad thing, it maintains the same level of high quality that made them successful. It does follow a formula that is prevalent on other albums, but it still has enough originality to keep it interesting. The musicianship is stellar of course, and there seems to be more of a Djent feel. I can hear some Meshuggah influences, and Vector sounds heavier at times. This may be the best album for Ray, as the drums sound phenomenal. Nil By Mouth is a good instrumental, and the standout tracks are Veil and A Cell Divides for me. Vector is a good listen for all progressive metal fans, and a must for any Haken fan. However, Haken has such a solid collection of albums, that this is always a challenge for them to try to top the previous release. Vector does not add anything new, and is a step down from the standard set by the previous four albums. Vector is a good, solid, safe release that offers a little too much cookie cutter formula from the previous release.
javajeff | 3/5 |


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