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4.09 | 961 ratings

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let prog reign
4 stars Melodious, symphonic, mysterious, and an excellent addition to all progressive rock! What a debut album! I am usually not a big fan of heavy prog with the exception of Porcupine Tree and a few other bands.

One reason I like this album is because it could probably fall under multiple categories of progressive rock. I think Aquarious is categorized as heavy prog because of the heavy guitar parts used and of course the death growls. But Its amazing how well the piano blends into the songs. Also how the mood of the songs can change so easily.

One thing that I don't like too much about the album is the vocalist, Ross Jennings. In some songs like the first half of "Drowning in the Flood" he sings in almost an irritating country like voice. But in the early parts of "The Point of No Return" he has a more melodious vocals. Lyrics are always a plus to albums, although I do not find them necessary. In an album such as this on they were mostly not sung properly. The death growls don't really help the situation at all.

But like I said, lyrics are not that important. The music is well done by talented musicians and that's what mostly matters. All in all I'm really glad I listened to this album! From what I have heard this year it is probably my favorite album from 2010. So well done on your debut Haken! 4 1/2 Stars!

let prog reign | 4/5 |


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