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    Posted: January 13 2015 at 21:12
Hey everyone. Has anyone heard this band before? It's so over the top, but I love it! Does anyone have recommendations for other prog metal bands like them?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2015 at 21:26
Ah, they were all the rage up to the end of 2013 around here. The Mountain is perfect modern heavy prog by way of the Giant.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2015 at 21:53
If you like Haken- You may like Transatlantic, they are pretty darn good.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2015 at 22:15
I'd finally discovered Visions from them recently. I've had The Mountain since it came out (because there was so much hype leading up to its release), and love that album, but I'm stunned with myself for not pursuing their previous albums earlier. I've recently purchased Aquarius, and will be getting that one in soon. I'm very much looking forward to their next release.

I haven't heard much Beardfish, but I'd toss their name in the mix. Their music is a tad less grandiose and a little more eclectic. Also their lyrics are less philosophical and more whimsical (reminiscent of Zappa in places). But in terms of heaviness, they're right there with Haken. Sleeping in Traffic, Part Two is definitely the place to start with them, from what I've heard.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2015 at 22:25
^ I'd say go in order with the Sleeping In Traffic duology. Part One's opener "Sunrise" is a mindblower, probably marginally better an introduction than Part Two.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 13 2015 at 22:50
Haken is amazing band, I have all their albums and two of them on vinyl, The Mountain and the recent EP Restoration, which are songs from their original debut but re-recorded since most current band members are new.
I agree, take a listen to Transatlantic and maybe even Anathema, the recent releases by them Distant Satellites and Weather Systems.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2015 at 12:11
Originally posted by Catcher10 Catcher10 wrote:

Haken is amazing band, I have all their albums and two of them on vinyl, The Mountain and the recent EP Restoration, which are songs from their original debut but re-recorded since most current band members are new.
I agree, take a listen to Transatlantic and maybe even Anathema, the recent releases by them Distant Satellites and Weather Systems.


Agreed, Transatlantic is a great place to go. They don't excite me nearly as much as Haken, or other bands, but their music is fantastic, and I'm a sucker for cover songs too. Smile

I love Weather Systems. One of the most beautiful (but still with some heaviness) albums I've heard this decade.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2015 at 12:44
You should try To-Mera, the other band of Tom MacLean and Richard Henshell, Delusions and Exile being the best places to start. IMO they're the better band as they're far more unique. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2015 at 13:09
Well it's not very similar but still I think that would be a good recommendation. Have you ever heard about a guy called David Maxim Micic? His album "BILO III" is pretty awesome, and Jeff Loomis, Jakub Zytecki and Per Nillson made solos for it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-t1WX9WXQZg
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 14 2015 at 14:03
What I love about Haken is they take the counterpoint complexity of Gentle Giant and make it heavier and simultaneously more accessible. I've heard few others do that too, my favorite being "Author of Confusion" by Neal Morse. If you dig the songs "Cockroach King" and "Somebody" off The Mountain, check these I've found:



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2015 at 02:52
Originally posted by Friday13th Friday13th wrote:

What I love about Haken is they take the counterpoint complexity of Gentle Giant and make it heavier and simultaneously more accessible.


actually they are nick-named Djentle Djiant LOL

great band, I have listened to all their albums except their last EP, but will go and listen to that sooner or later Big smile
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 30 2015 at 20:57
Huge fan here...very stoked for seeing them on their upcoming tour.

I was kinda sad that Toronto was skipped over. Any Toronto fans in here?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2015 at 01:04
I listen to Visions constantly and it's easily one of my favorite CDs from newer bands. However, I can't get into The Mountain as much. I've listened to it a few times and I think Visions is far superior.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 05 2015 at 20:34
Visions is a masterpiece. Aquarius is awesome and emotional but Visions is just... wow. Definitely my favorite prog metal band. Beardfish isn't metal but they push the same buttons, I find.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2015 at 02:39
Also check out Seventh Wonder, Vanden Plas, Voyager, Sieges Even and Hourglass.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 06 2015 at 02:53
also check Subsignal, band that rose from the ashes of Sieges Even, they made 3 great albums IMO.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 15 2016 at 06:43
I've become a big Haken fan, but I came to them late.  I gave them a listen a few years ago, and I wasn't initially convinced.  I found their songs too manic, scattered, and long-winded.  I had to go through Leprous first; they're an amazing band.  Leprous has a similar hyper-driven musical style and a similar-sounding singer. It's the first band I would think of while listening to Haken.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2016 at 01:20
Haken are amazing! I love them!

I'd also recommend:

Methodica
TesseracT
Il Rumore Bianco
Riverside

And, of course, Opeth and Tool. Always good! ;)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2016 at 08:25
You might check out Anubis Gate and Leprous.  I'd even suggest Withem and Illusion Suite.  Haken is really good though.  I enjoy all of their albums with my favorite being the latest one, Affinity. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 05 2016 at 16:57
Although Leprous is from Norway,  they are very friendly with Haken and both bands influence each other.
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