03 August 2018
Haken: announce fifth studio album 'Vector'; launch fan etching competition
Haken:   announce fifth studio album 'Vector'; launch fan etching competition

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, have announced details of their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’, due for release 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. 


The band comments: “On the back of celebrating the 10 year anniversary of our conception, all of us here in the Haken camp are extremely excited to begin this new chapter of our career and share ‘Vector’ with the world.”


The album will be available as Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (including instrumental versions), Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewelcase & as digital download. You can find the track-listing below:



  1. Clear

  2. The Good Doctor

  3. Puzzle Box

  4. Veil

  5. Nil By Mouth

  6. Host

  7. A Cell Divides


To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band are opening up a unique opportunity for one fan’s artwork to be used as the etching on the fourth side of the vinyl LP version of the record. Haken are inviting fans to submit their own version of the Rorschach test ink-blot image which graces the album’s cover, and one winner’s art will be picked by the band to be etched into every vinyl copy of Vector. Submissions are open now, closing on the 10th August, and can be sent to: [email protected] 


Watch a clip of Charlie & Rich from Haken explaining the competition here:
https://youtu.be/k0j8aH2KjHU 


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. “We don't like to make simple music,” laughs vocalist Ross Jennings. “We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we've surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album.”


Their fifth studio record sees the band going in a heavier direction with the music. “We’ve always had a heavy influence”, explains guitarist Charlie Griffiths, “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,” insists Jennings. “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”.


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”, explains Griffiths. “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 band recently announced North American co-headline dates alongside Norway’s LEPROUS, and label-mates BENT KNEE, in what is an all InsideOutMusic bill. These will be the first live shows in support of Vector, and you can find the full list of dates below:


Haken & Leprous with Bent Knee:


30th October – The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac, MI
31st October – Opera House, Toronto, ON
1st November – Astral, Montreal, QC
2nd November – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3rd November – Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
4th November – The Sinclair, Boston, MA
6th November – Soundstage, Baltimore, MD
7th November – Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
8th November – The Orpheum, Tampa, FL
9th November – Revolution, Fort Lauderdale, FL
10th November – The Plaza Live, Orlando, FL
11th November – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
13th November – Gas Monkey, Dallas, TX
14th November – Barracuda, Austin, TX
16th November – Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
17th November – Glasshouse, Pomona, CA
18th November – August Hall, San Francisco, CA
19th November – Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
20th November – The Crocodile, Seattle, WA
21st November – Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
23rd November – Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
24th November – Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
25th November – Granada Theater, Lawrence, KS
26th November – Delmar Hall, St Louis, MO
27th November – Exit/In, Nashville, TN
29th November – Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
30th November – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
1st December – Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL


Tickets available from: https://hakenmusic.com/tour 


HAKEN are:
Ross Jennings
Richard Henshall
Charlie Griffiths
Diego Tejeida
Conner Green
Ray Hearne


HAKEN online:
www.hakenmusic.com
www.twitter.com/Haken_Official
http://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial

INSIDEOUTMUSIC online:
www.insideoutmusic.com
www.youtube.com/InsideOutMusicTV
www.facebook.com/InsideOutMusic
www.twitter.com/insideouteu
www.insideoutshop.de

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