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AQUARIUS

Haken

 

Heavy Prog

4.06 | 801 ratings

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jsem
5 stars Haken's debut Aquaris is one of the best albums to come out of the progressive scene in a very long time.

It could be described as heavy prog, but with a strong Dream Theater influence. It doesn't go over the top in prog metal cliches and become generic though - it is extremely original and the compositions reflect that.

They go all over the place, all the time. There is never a certainty of where the band will go as far as the songwriting is concerned, the album always leaves room for unpredictability. But that is not a positive in and of itself, it's because of the melodies remaining unchanged even with the crazy instrumentation.

The playing on the album is nothing but superb too, everyone does a fantastic job on this particular release and there is no real weak spot on the album - apart from the song Sun. Overall, this album takes you on a journey and leaves your mind completely blown away. You just want to hear it again and again.

Five stars.

jsem | 5/5 |

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