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4.20 | 1237 ratings

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Isaac Peretz
5 stars Haken's The Mountain is a pretty average progressive metal album. Nothing really shocking to be honest, although it's still enjoyable and musicality is excellent.

Featuring tracks from two minutes to eleven, it's a very mixed bag of progressive metal elements and a few jazz aspects here and there, present in tracks like Atlas Stone or Cockroach King. This album also contains heavy influence from Dream Theater, specially in the instrumental passages and technicality at multiple points, this is great in the first few tracks but then you realize that they're just unnecessarily spamming time signature changes as an attempt to make their music more complex. Technically it does become more complex, but better? Not really.

Worst Track: As Death Embraces, astonishingly uninteresting and uninspired.

Best Track: Falling Back To Earth, wonderful chorus but it really feels like they were trying to stretch this track out so that their fans could say "Woah look a +10 minute song!!!". Pareidolia suffers from this same problem too.

Overall a good, enjoyable album, but nothing special to be honest. Two Stars

Isaac Peretz | 5/5 |


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