WHITE WALLS and Gramofone will be the opening acts!
by Monica Apostol
HAKEN will perform for the first time in Bucharest, on March 27, 2019 and the concert will take place at Quantic Club. HAKEN is one of the most important progressive bands of the new wave. From 2007 to present, the British band have released several studio materials and each of them manages to break new barriers through innovation and creativity.
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They have announced details of their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’, that was released on the 26th October 2018. The album was produced by the band themselves, and recorded & mixed by Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project), with the artwork once again being handled by Blacklake.
Since their inception in 2007, Haken have shown over four previous studio albums, one EP and a live release that they never stand still, merely satisfied to rely on past triumphs. Rather, Haken always look for ways to challenge themselves as musicians and artists, and also to keep the listeners on their collective toes.
Their fifth studio record sees the band going in a heavier direction with the music.Guitarist Charlie Griffiths explains: “We’ve always had a heavy influence, but it was obvious from the riffs that were naturally coming out of us early in the writing process that this would be a more metal album. These are some of the most riff driven songs we’ve ever written.” As is usual, Haken produced the album themselves, but for the first time they have enlisted Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood during the recording and mixing stages. Formerly bassist with Periphery, in the last couple of years he has built a reputation as a fine producer. “We produced the album ourselves, as we always do. But we’re fans of what Adam has done with Periphery, Sikth and Devin Townsend. He has a great reputation for the heavier end of our genre,” the lead vocalist Ross Jennings insists.
But if this album is musically heavy, then there’s an underlying theme running through the seven songs which is certainly esoteric and fascinating. “The scene is set with the track The Good Doctor, which was a really fun song. Musically it feels like a logical step from ‘Affinity’, but lyrically it’s a bit more theatrical and about as ‘rock opera’ as Haken has ever got. It’s about a Doctor with an intriguing, perhaps sinister interest in a particular patient. From there the story enters the point-of-view of the patient – who appears to be catatonic, but his mind is sparking with what could be memories, or delusions brought on by the treatment he’s receiving – we leave this up to the listeners to decide. Although we don’t want to give too much away, people who are familiar with our back catalogue will have fun discovering further clues we’ve planted throughout the album. And that’s the challenge for the fans – to find out for themselves their own meaning for ‘Vector’ as an album,” the guitarist Charlie Griffiths explains.
Also, the well known Romanian band WHITE WALLS will perform as opening act for the British band HAKEN. Hailing from the Romanian shores of the Black Sea, the progressive metal outfit White Walls plays a mix of darkness and light, relentless riffs and melancholy chords, explosion and restrain. Their music bears influences from many different genres of metal, and has been compared to diverse acts such as The Postman Syndrome, Textures, The Ocean, Between The Buried And Me, Opeth, Tool, Karnivool, Protest The Hero and Extol. White Walls were born out of the ashes of Protest Urban, once pioneers of Romanian metalcore/hardcore. The band has been together since the 25th of April 2009, hard at work on their debut