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Haken was formed in 2007 by To-Mera guitarist and keyboardist Richard Henshall and his two school friends Ross Jennings (vocals) and Matthew Marshall (guitar). The band completed their lineup with a keyboardist they met on an online forum, Peter Jones, Jones' close friend and drummer Raymond Hearne, and To-Mera guitarist Thomas MacLean became the band's bassist. Henshall mentioned on some occasions that "Haken" was the name of a fictional character he and some friends came up with in their school days, under the influence of alcohol or weed.

They recorded a demo in 2007 that contained two tracks, "Snow" and "Souls". With the demo they began to play small live venues in London, with some good response. In 2008 they then recorded four more songs, "Manifolds", "Blind", "Sleeping Thoughts Wake" and "Black Seed", and released a full-length demo including all six existing tracks.

Later in 2008, Marshall and Jones left the band to pursue other careers. Charlie Griffiths, the guitarist for the band Linear Sphere and Anchorhead became a full time member of the band. Griffiths parted ways with Linear Sphere because he wanted to go in a different direction musically. The keyboardist Diego Tejeida joined the band in late 2008 as well. As they began to tour more, even opening a few UK shows for King's X, Sensory Records recognized them and offered them a record deal. They began recording for their debut album, Aquarius, soon after, and it was released in March 2010.

The Haken band logo from 2010-2012 Haken released their second album, Visions, in October 2011. On 20 June 2013 Haken announced their new album, The Mountain, which was released on 2 September by InsideOut Music. The album was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.

On 25 September 2013, Haken announced that Tom MacLean would be leaving the band after completing the Prog Stage Festival in Israel in October 2013.[8] After a series of auditions, he was replaced by Indiana-born musician Conner Green.

On 8 September 2014, Haken announced via their Facebook page their first EP, Restoration, set for a 27 October 2014 release. The EP will contain three reworked tracks from their 2008 demo, Enter the 5th Dimension. Darkest Light, a reworked version of Blind, was released with a music video featuring footage from the recording process of Restoration on September 24. Shortly before, the band had already announced (also via Facebook) that they had started to write for their fourth album. Source: Wikipedia

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Haken: The Mountain

Read "Haken: The Mountain" reviewed by John Kelman


Haken The MountainInside Out Records2013 For a group as young as Britain's Haken to find The Mountain selected by Prog Magazine's readers as one of “The 100 Greatest Prog Albums Albums of All Time"--and at an über-respectable position of #54--is a remarkable enough feat for a group with only two albums prior to this, its third record following its 2010 debut, Aquarius and 2011's Vision (all on Inside Out Records). That this hour-long (plus two ...

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Texas Jazz Crooner Ken Slavin Makes Don’t Tell Mama Debut With Acclaimed Saloon Show, “Shaken, Not Stirred”

Texas Jazz Crooner Ken Slavin Makes Don’t Tell Mama Debut With Acclaimed Saloon Show, “Shaken, Not Stirred”

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The number-one male jazz singer in the home of the Alamo makes his Don’t Tell Mama debut during Tony Award Weekend with “Shaken, Not Stirred – With A Tony Twist!” Slavin’s first engagement at the legendary cabaret at 343 W. 46th Street in the heart of the Theater District will feature two shows: Friday, June 9 at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 10 at 8 p.m. $20 plus a two-drink minimum. And there is a $5 discount for MAC members. ...

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Shaken, Not Stirred: Texas Jazz Crooner Returns To Metropolitan Room With "A Saloon Jazz Mixology"

Shaken, Not Stirred: Texas Jazz Crooner Returns To Metropolitan Room With "A Saloon Jazz Mixology"

Source: Ken Slavin

The number-one male jazz singer in the home of the Alamo returns to the Big Apple the first week of the New Year for his fourth headline appearance at the popular Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street. Ken Slavin’s new show, “Cocktails With Ken: A Saloon Jazz Mixology" is slated for Thursday, January 7, at 9:30 p.m. EST. Doors open at 9 p.m. EST. Tickets are $25, $85 and $115 and are available online at Metropolitan Room.com or by calling ...

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UK Prog Group Haken Release Video For Cockroach King

UK Prog Group Haken Release Video For Cockroach King

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

Los Angeles, CA: UK prog-metal group Haken will be releasing their fantastic third studio album ‘The Mountain’ in the US on September 17th, as well as performing short run of European shows. The band have now revealed a great video for the track “Cockroach King" which you can check out here. The band had this to say about the video: “With 'Cockroach King' we allowed our eccentric side to come to the fore and wrote a song in the tradition ...

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UK Prog Group Haken Release New Album The Mountain

UK Prog Group Haken Release New Album The Mountain

Source: Glass Onyon PR - William James

Los Angeles, CA - It’s been a long wait, but September 17th finally sees the brand new third album from progressive metallers Haken released in the USA. Entitled ‘The Mountain’, the record features the fantastic track ‘Cockroach King’, a video for which will be released in a few days. The band had this to say about the album: “The release of this album is an incredibly proud moment for us. There were times during the writing and recording stages when ...

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