Haken

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with Arch Echo
Date
Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Time/Doors
Doors 7 | Show 8
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Haken are a modern progressive rock band hailing from London, England. Since the sextet started jamming together in 2004, they’ve been one of the genre’s most loyal yet simultaneously adventurous forces. Every album they’ve released is distinct from all the rest, but they’re all tied together by their incalculable time signatures, earless songwriting and majestic vocals – and, of course, their critical acclaim.

Haken’s 2010 debut, Aquarius, gave British prog a sorely needed lifeline. In establishing the band’s balance of mighty hooks, off-kilter riffs and flamboyant keyboard lines, it made them the most exciting and experimental sons of the genre’s homeland since Porcupine Tree emerged almost two decades prior. The next year’s Visions somehow pushed the melodies and scope even further, setting the stage for breakthrough The Mountain: an avant-garde behemoth that united the best traits of Gentle Giant, Metallica and Soft Machine in one swipe. Since then, Haken have gleefully dabbled in ’80s synths on 2016’s Affinity, before the conceptual duo of Vector and Virus aggravated their heavy metal leanings to invigorating levels.

How do you honour such an eclectic, unpredictable career? You make Fauna: Haken’s most genre-busting and conceptually fascinating album to date. Haken’s 7th studio album is due for worldwide release on March 3rd 2023. Haken are also scheduled for a co-headline European tour with Between the Buried and Me in early 2023.

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Arch Echo is the brainchild of five musicians who wish to push the envelope of modern music. Their goal is to create music that is not only complex, but accessible to the listener, delivered with passion and enthusiasm. Formed in 2016, Arch Echo exploded onto the progressive metal/fusion scene with a debut self-titled album that gained worldwide attention, housing popular songs “Hip Dipper” and “Color Wheel”. Tours in North America and Europe soon followed including a mainstage debut at the UK Tech Fest in 2018. Arch Echo returned with a 2019 follow up “You Won’t Believe What Happens Next!” and again in 2020 with their 4-track EP, “Story I”. Tours with artists such as Dream Theater, Periphery, Plini, Vola and a co-headline Japanese tour with Jacky Vincent brought their powerful live sound to new ears all over the world.