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Solo project from Haken's and Nova Collective's guitarist

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4.03 | 24 ratings
The Cocoon
2019

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 The Cocoon by HENSHALL, RICHARD album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.03 | 24 ratings

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The Cocoon
Richard Henshall Progressive Metal

Review by alainPP

4 stars Richard Henshall is the guitarist of the group Haken, it is known! Before, he had worked for NOVA GROUP, TO-MERA and later Shattered Fortress, the project of Mr. PORTNOY. All that to say that the gentleman has a few arrows to his bow and his quiver is full; he also plays the synthesizer course !! This project has taken him four years surrounded by his faithful lieutenant GREEN on bass and on drums LYNCH having played with him CYNIC. Guests like Jordan Rudess, Marco Sfogli or Ross JENNINGS come will enhance their project. At influences, I thought bulk MESHUGGAH for the brutal rhythms DEAR HUNTER for neo-prog fruity variations, KING CRIMSON for pervasive apocalyptic bass and sax, some AL DI MEOLA and VINNIE MOORE moments for flights fluid solos, some TESSERACT, LINKIN PARK, NINE INCH NAILS, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE for the singular phrasing during one of his titles and Oceansize, but mostly HAKEN latest release version a little more light.

"Pupa" begins with an instrumental synth-piano air causing a rhythmic bass-fast pulling prog metal to DREAM THEATER, and younger, to offer "Cocoon" a controversial track where crimsoniennes clash of sounds and jazzy without ever giving in a typical chorus clocked. This is initially a little confusing, but the ear prog proved possible to find varied and creative frames throughout this title fusion. Sax in the second part comes acÚrer our ears to give guitar solo to even more beauty. The play "Silken Chains" comes together; a title evoking me ZAPPA DI MEOLA then qu'OCEANSIZE bases would not have denied. An easy groove, causing a phrased voice, a guitar that still flirts with jazz influences, and a final crescendo along almost orgasmic coming close such, certainly one of my favorites with the piano that comes slowly drop his notes at the end. "Limbo" interlude hovering at Vennart an interstellar beauty to the limit this time of post rock with a stratospheric flight to the key as to rest some of the notes of the flood and the convolutions of the previous titles; cool title, hovering just sublime.

"Lunar Room 'comes with an air completely unconventional, out of context with that phrasing unseating rap, yes I said rap makes me climb the hairs in the sky! Not possible, I fled! But conscientious, I come back, I leave and I fell backwards. I can hear it again and after several readings I realize that it is stamped PROG. The question in this piece, marrow pith passes through a solo twirling guitar Sfogli of having worked with James Labrie. The final climbs again so pronounced with voice and chopped rhythms, a bit in the djent kind. A composition ultimately disturbing but oh how innovative! "Twisted Shadows" then tumbles with the most recognizable piece. I realize the Haken from the beginning, a little disconcerting to ZAPPA, some blues, some funky atmosphere to start his typed Richard Henshall. He is assisted by Jordan Rudess trance eyeing more towards LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT as to DREAM THEATER. The air, the Devin Townsend takes us on different musical genres: a universal melting pot for (re) unifying music of the XXI century with that of the past? "Afterglow" ends the album on a note of melancholy depression very pleasant, a musical oxymoron well revealing the duality of this album at once intimate and explosive. A mesmerizing and taking air, I found a bit of hushed atmosphere of ANATHEMA I love, then a detour djent to recall his Haken. This is the kind of piece that gives the furious desire to press the replay button! He is assisted by Jordan Rudess trance eyeing more towards LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT as to DREAM THEATER. The air, the Devin Townsend takes us on different musical genres: a universal melting pot for (re) unifying music of the XXI century with that of the past? "Afterglow" ends the album on a note of melancholy depression very pleasant, a musical oxymoron well revealing the duality of this album at once intimate and explosive. A mesmerizing and taking air, I found a bit of hushed atmosphere of ANATHEMA I love, then a detour djent to recall his Haken. This is the kind of piece that gives the furious desire to press the replay button! He is assisted by Jordan Rudess trance eyeing more towards LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT as to DREAM THEATER. The air, the Devin Townsend takes us on different musical genres: a universal melting pot for (re) unifying music of the XXI century with that of the past? "Afterglow" ends the album on a note of melancholy depression very pleasant, a musical oxymoron well revealing the duality of this album at once intimate and explosive. A mesmerizing and taking air, I found a bit of hushed atmosphere of ANATHEMA I love, then a detour djent to recall his Haken. This is the kind of piece that gives the furious desire to press the replay button! a universal melting pot for (re) unifying music of the XXI century with that of the past? "Afterglow" ends the album on a note of melancholy depression very pleasant, a musical oxymoron well revealing the duality of this album at once intimate and explosive. A mesmerizing and taking air, I found a bit of hushed atmosphere of ANATHEMA I love, then a detour djent to recall his Haken. This is the kind of piece that gives the furious desire to press the replay button! a universal melting pot for (re) unifying music of the XXI century with that of the past? "Afterglow" ends the album on a note of melancholy depression very pleasant, a musical oxymoron well revealing the duality of this album at once intimate and explosive. A mesmerizing and taking air, I found a bit of hushed atmosphere of ANATHEMA I love, then a detour djent to recall his Haken. This is the kind of piece that gives the furious desire to press the replay button! then a small detour djent to recall his Haken.

It's finish! An album to share my opinion. Heavy times frantic, atmospheres felted by now, almost impossible fusion of times and blazing musical vibrations. The PROG is increasingly in innovative research. This album may take several plays to delve into it literally true, but for me some titles exploded in my ear from the first listening due to their creative beauty. Others like "Cocoon," "lunar room" and "twisted shadows" may require repetitive plays to domesticate. That said, they have become almost despite myself, ones that make me vibrate currently. A drive outsized certainly be placed on the innovative current prog metal mountains.

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