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Haken’s scintillating new record The Mountain is now available to hear in full

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After a quick one-two of albums in 2010 and 2011 with debut Aquarius – a concept album about a couple with a mermaid daughter – and follow-up Visions respectively, London-based six-piece Haken are preparing to unveil their third studio full-length The Mountain to the world – and what an album it is.

Brimming with variety – quoted internally as ranging “from the delicate to the brutal with everything in between” – there is some really great guitar and piano work, sections of awesome groove, jazzy interludes and fantastic vocal melodies…and that’s all within opening twofer “The Path” and “Atlas Stone“.

Richard Henshall, who plays both guitar and keyboards for the band, commented:

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It’s taken a huge amount of effort to get the band to where it is today – and yet it still feels like the journey is just beginning.

To us, The Mountain is symbolic of our journey as a band, but also reflects the wider trials and tribulations of life.

Lyrically we’ve done a lot of soul searching which has given the album an emotional depth that we’re sure listeners will really relate to, whatever personal mountain they’re climbing.

Musically, the new songs feel rawer and more emotional than anything we’ve created in the past. We’ve really pushed ourselves in all areas and we truly believe this album is a step up from any of our previous work.

The album is streaming over at Prog Rock Mag’s website here. I actually can’t pick a favourite song because they’re all pretty good, but “Cockroach King” is an interesting little ditty for sure, and the chillingly choral “Because It’s There” raises little hairs, with its vocal harmonies something that needs to be heard.

The Mountain is out this Monday, 2nd September through InsideOut Music! The band will be playing live across Europe over the next two months September and October with Soul Secret, and will also be at Danfest3 in Leicester on November 23rd.