Aquarius Review

artist: Haken date: 08/16/2010 category: compact discs
Haken: Aquarius
Released: Apr 2010
Genre: Progressive
Label: Sensory Records
Number Of Tracks: 7
Haken's debut album has an innovative genre-blending approach to progressive metal.
 Sound: 10
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
 Overall rating:
 9.6 
 Reviewer rating:
 9.3 
 Users rating:
 9.9 
 Votes:
 14 
review (1) 4 comments vote for this album:
overall: 9.3
Aquarius Reviewed by: Patias, on august 16, 2010
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Sound: Haken's debut album has an innovative genre-blending approach to progressive metal. Moods on the album change from aggressive metal to happy pop and pretty much everything in between there are funny circus music, driving rock 'n roll and even jazz parts in this album. Sudden changes of genres throughout the album make interesting contrasts and work very well. The album has many interesting melodies that are not predictable, and that is the big strength in Haken's music you never know what is coming up next. Each member of Haken is very impressive musician and has great playing skills; especially keyboardist Diego Tejeida stands out with his skills and many interesting sounds. // 10

Lyrics: Aquarius is a concept album that tells the story of a mermaid who is unexpectedly born in human family. The album also handles about global warming. The story is quite interesting and keeps the listener interested till the end. There are a couple of great poetical lines and overall the lyrics provoke thoughts. // 9

Overall Impression: If you are a fan of bands like Dream Theater, To-Mera and IQ, Aquarius will surely be a great add to your music collection. Many musical ideas keep the listener interested from start to finish. Even though there are some less awesome parts in the middle of the album, the final song Celestial Elixir compensate it by being one of the greatest musical pieces I have ever heard. This album really made me to wait Haken's next album we'll see if the band is able to beat their debut album in the future // 9

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