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Saturday, March 20, 2010

HAKEN Debut To Receive U.S. Release Via SENSORY


HAKEN, a virtuosic progressive rock/metal band from London, England, comprising some of the country's finest young musicians, will release its debut album, "Aquarius", in the U.S. on March 29 via Sensory Records.

According to a press release, "Aquarius" is "a 72-minute, larger-than-life conceptual sci-fi/fantasy work filled with bombastic keyboard flourishes, stunning vocals, and lethal guitar work. The album was recorded in The Netherlands at Spacelab Studios (DELAIN, EVERON, WOLVERINE) and mastered in Germany at Eroc's Mastering Ranch. Graphics were created by Dennis Sibeijn at Damn Engine to tie in with the 'Aquarius' story."

An extended preview of the album is avaialble in the YouTube clip below.

Formed in 2007, HAKEN features members of TO-MERA and LINEARSPHERE. The band melds metal with progressive rock, drawing influences from contemporary acts like DREAM THEATER and IQ as well as "old-school" icons GENESIS and QUEEN.

In July 2007, HAKEN showcased its music for the very first time to a packed out London bar with a great response, followed the next week by a sold-out show at The Peel in Kingston. Within months of this double-debut performance, the band was billed in support of RIVERSIDE at Camden's prestigious Underworld. HAKEN continued performing sets to packed houses throughout London and on U.K. tours in support of cult metal bands KING'S X, BIGELF, and TO-MERA and continues to extend its fan base. One of the band's demo tracks was featured on the cover CD for the second issue of "Classic Rock presents Prog" magazine in 2009.