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AQUARIUS

Haken

 

Heavy Prog

4.07 | 702 ratings

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Marty McFly
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Crossover and E&O Teams
5 stars I was born under the sign of Aquarius, so this album's name is subconsciously affecting me. I don't believe in astrology though (I'm more into astronomy).

There are melodic parts, which are almost Symphonic. They are usually of high quality and great originality. Haken aren't afraid to change styles quickly on this album, that's good for sure, even though this means that you will probably dislike some of them. (Death Metal parts for me, because they simply doesn't fit with other parts of this very long album).

Mentioned originality isn't to be taken lightly. It's one of the best things about this album. It's hard to believe that it's their first album. I've heard quite a lot of music in short time span. I can say that I heard a lot of good music, but not a lot of them had so "different", yet extremely accessible (this is album that can be listened by virtually everyone, another advantage), while maintaining quality.

Story of this album is again (I admit) something that I will understand (by myself, without anyone telling me) in future (after many listens, it's not something to be forced), but I suppose there is some kind of story. Or at least concept. Hard to tell, as many chapters are told by instrumental songs only.

There is also certain Rush influence, even it's not that easy to correctly determine. I more feel Aquarius as melodic Prog, this stands over all other influences and traits. That's what makes it powerful and emotionally striking. Even it can, it is able to be Heavy (as it is its home genre), it's melody that's touching me here the most. That's what I've been looking for so long. Unique mixture of elements that makes it as it is. Enjoyable from both likeness and Prog point of view.

5(-), Death Metal parts are downing this.

I like these circus sounds like parts that are present in some parts (for no more than one minute in average), reminding me Beardfish, but not strongly, only a little bit). Some heavier parts aren't also exactly to my liking, but some of them are.

Difficult to describe and judge, indeed.

Marty McFly | 5/5 |

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