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The Mountain
Haken The Mountain cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released2 September 2013 (2013-09-02)
GenreProgressive metal
LabelInside Out Music
Century Media Records (distribution)
Haken chronology
The Mountain

The Mountain is the third studio album by British progressive metal band Haken. It was released on 2 September 2013 through Inside Out Music.[1] It is the last album to feature bassist Thomas MacLean.

Background and recording

Band members Richard Henshall and Charlie Griffiths said of the album:

"To us, 'The Mountain' is symbolic of our journey as a band, but also reflects the wider trials and tribulations of life. Lyrically, we've done a lot of soul searching which has given the album an emotional depth that we're sure listeners will really relate to, whatever personal mountain they are climbing.
Musically, the new songs feel rawer and more emotional than anything we've created in the past. All the essential elements of our sound are still there but have been delivered in a more gritty and focused style. We've really pushed ourselves in all areas and truly believe that this album is a step up from any of our previous work..."


Unlike Aquarius and Visions, for which vocalist Ross Jennings wrote all the lyrics, The Mountain features contributions by every band member. On a 2016 interview, Jennings said:[3]

"I'm still not sure if the rest of the band fully understood what I was trying to achieve lyrically with Aquarius and Visions, which I think left them quite cold and therefore they couldn't relate to those albums so well. If you ask them today, I still don't think they could explain the stories or the themes. So when it came to writing the Mountain, everyone wanted to get involved with that part of the process [...]"

According to keyboardist Diego Tejeida, the band "didn't set any boundaries for how we wanted the album to sound".[4] He added that "The Mountain was tangibly influenced by 70's music, at the same time we threw in some prog-unrelated influences like: ambient, soul, jazz, 80's synthpop, minimalism or even those Glitch Hop Drums on 'Because It's There'."[4]

Drummer Raymond "Ray" Hearne added that "The Mountain set out on a few different lyrical paths before realising its final form. We initially had a couple of quasi-concept ideas but soon began to realise this was a bit too constrictive so we pretty much chose a song or two each. [...] Each of us chose the song(s) that spoke most personally to us. We then tried to reflect that music with our words and vice versa. It soon became clear that this was a great collaborative decision as we all began to really dig what each one of us came up with and we were able to help one another with any musical/lyrical guidance they might have needed. It was a truly collaborative process."[4]

Guitarist and keyboardist Richard Henshall said the band wanted to sound more "elemental" than their previous work, Visions.[4] "We used this as a rough guideline and went with the natural flow of things. [...] To me, what we end up with is most the honest expression of our emotions and feelings.[4]

According to Jennings, the epic "Falling Back to Earth" consists of two parts ("Rise" and "Fall").[4] The first is based on the history of Icarus and covers the subject of "ambition, failure and perseverence [sic], using the metaphor of wings and flying too close to the sun to represent how we take on challenges in life and the desire to prove something to people."[4] The second part is inspired by science fiction iconography, "looking at the who we are and the world around us when we have fallen, and the humility required to reach out to others for forgiveness & acceptance. The rise and fall of this song sits aptly as the centre-piece of this album."[4]

A shortened version of "Cockroach King" received a promotional video with The Muppets-like band members manufactured by Griffiths and controlled by Rinaldi and Ross. According to Tejeida, the idea was to make a video with comic touches for all ages, "far from the seriousness protocol demanded by a rock/metal video".[5]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic5/5 stars[6]
Angry Metal Guy9/10 stars[7]
Ghost Cult Magazine9/10 stars[8]
Metal Underground5/5 stars[9]
The Monolith9.2/10 stars[10]
Sea of Tranquility4.5/5 stars[11]

The Mountain was met with critical acclaim.

Conor Fynes of Prog Sphere called it "quite possibly the greatest statement in progressive metal yet released in 2013", and noted that "the influence of bands like Dream Theater and King Crimson are undoubtedly evident, but Haken have finally claimed ownership of a sound unto their own.[12] He however criticized the lyrics, saying they "tend to feel as cheesy and heavy-handed as they have always been", though still noting songwriting improvements compared to the previous two albums.[12]

Anso DF of MetalSucks considered The Mountain "a chore, an overlong, indulgent, and occasionally annoying odyssey", but stated that "fans of Porcupine Tree and Katatonia will love The Mountain's moody melodies, if not its flights of wankery. The latter will tantalize those in a mood for Petrucci-type fun, though unsatisfied they will be with the infrequency of heavy riffage. It's basically just barely too heavy to be mistaken for Cairo. But not too heavy to open a co-headline tour of Devin Townsend and Zamfir."[13]

Steven Reid of Sea of Tranquility said the album is "blindingly technical", but "doesn't feel like an exercise in how to get the most notes out of any given instrument".[11] He also stated that "every instrumentalist comes to the fore, but never too egotistical to take a big step back when the need arises."[11]

Kevin of The Monolith called it "a fantastic album that combines elements from all over the musical spectrum, boasting jazz, classic prog, modern prog rock and metal as main influences, while weaving the likes of choral, funk, and soul in as well. It has fantastic writing, amazing musicianship, a really personal, relatable theme, and sounds clear as a bell."[10]

Roger T, also of Prog Sphere, gave the album a mixed review, stating that "Haken have taken a trolley-dash through the supermarket of prog, grabbing every influence they can get their eager little hands on, sometimes wholesale, and the end product is dizzying in its ambition and scope."[14] However, he praised some songs, such as "Cockroach King", in which he noted vocal influences of Gentle Giant and "Because It's There", described by him as "an example of highly skilled writing and arrangement".[14]

It has been cited by Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess and by drummer Mike Portnoy as one of their top 10 albums of 2013.[15][16] It was also praised by Between the Buried and Me's bassist Dan Briggs.[17]

The Mountain made the band gain a more substantial fanbase. At Prog Sphere, it won first place in albums of 2013[18] and fourth place in The Prog Report.[19]

Track listing

All music is composed by Richard Henshall, except "As Death Embraces", by Diego Tejeida.

1."The Path"Ray Hearne2:46
2."Atlas Stone"
  • Hearne
  • Ross Jennings
  • Charlie Griffiths
3."Cockroach King"Henshall8:14
4."In Memoriam"
  • Jennings
  • Griffiths
5."Because It's There"Hearne4:23
6."Falling Back to Earth"
  • I. "Rise"
  • II. "Fall"
  • Jennings
  • Griffiths
7."As Death Embraces"Diego Tejeida3:13
9."Somebody"Thomas MacLean9:00
Total length:62:13
Limited digipak edition bonus tracks
10."The Path Unbeaten" (instrumental version of "The Path") 2:12
11."Nobody" (acoustic and abridged version of "Somebody")MacLean4:53
Total length:69:10



  1. ^ "Haken get ready to tackle The Mountain". Prog Magazine. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Haken announce The Mountain". Haken. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ "An Interview with Ross Jennings". The Prog Mind. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Savić, Nikola (4 January 2014). "HAKEN Interview: Entertainment is Paramount". Prog-Sphere. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  5. ^ Vega, Javi Moreno; Beleña, Pablo M. (24 March 2014). "Entrevista a Haken: "Progresivo clásico y moderno nos han influenciado de igual manera"". Portal Esquizofrenia (in Spanish). Retrieved 25 March 2014.
  6. ^ "The Mountain - Haken | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Haken – The Mountain Review". angrymetalguy.com/. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Haken-The Mountain". Ghost Cult Magazine. 11 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Haken-The Mountain (CD) review". MetalUnderground.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  10. ^ a b Kevin (3 September 2013). "Review: Haken - The Mountain". The Monolith. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  11. ^ a b c Reid, Steven (28 September 2013). "Haken: The Mountain". Sea of Tranquility. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  12. ^ a b Fynes, Conor (12 November 2013). "Haken – The Mountain". Prog-Sphere. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  13. ^ DF, Anso (29 September 2013). "Haken's The Mountain: U Jam?". MetalSucks. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  14. ^ a b T, Roger (11 November 2013). "Haken – The Mountain". Prog-Sphere. Retrieved 9 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Top ten albums of 2013 / staff & artists - Jordan Rudess - Keyboards, Dream Theater". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  16. ^ Portnoy, Mike (30 December 2013). "MP's Best Of 2013 Year End Wrap-Up". Mike Portnoy's official website forum. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yb1AVledzs4
  18. ^ "Top 10 of 2013 Readers Poll - Results Are In!". 6 January 2014.
  19. ^ "Prog Report Top 10 Albums of 2013". 10 December 2013.

External links


Veröffentlichungen von Haken die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Virus ¦ The Mountain ¦ Affinity

Haken auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Haken live im Jahr 2017. Von links nach rechts: Charlie Griffiths, Diego Tejeida, Ross Jennings, Raymond Hearne, Conner Green und Richard Henshall
Haken live im Jahr 2017. Von links nach rechts: Charlie Griffiths, Diego Tejeida, Ross Jennings, Raymond Hearne, Conner Green und Richard Henshall
Allgemeine Informationen
HerkunftLondon, England
Genre(s)Progressive Metal
Aktuelle Besetzung
Ray Hearne
Charles Griffiths
E-Gitarre, Keyboard
Richard Hen Henshall
Diego Tejeida
Ross Jennings
Conner Green
Ehemalige Mitglieder
Matthew Marshall
Peter Jones
Tom MacLean
Erklärung der Daten
The Mountain
 DE4213.09.2013(2 Wo.)
 CH9315.09.2013(1 Wo.)
 DE2406.05.2016(2 Wo.)
 AT6913.05.2016(1 Wo.)
 CH3608.05.2016(1 Wo.)
 UK9612.05.2016(1 Wo.)
 DE4029.06.2018(1 Wo.)
 CH7201.07.2018(1 Wo.)
 DE2202.11.2018(1 Wo.)
 AT3709.11.2018(1 Wo.)
 CH2404.11.2018(1 Wo.)
 DE1231.07.2020(1 Wo.)
 AT2507.08.2020(1 Wo.)
 CH702.08.2020(1 Wo.)
 UK9106.08.2020(1 Wo.)

Haken [heɪken] ist eine englische Progressive-Metal-Band aus London, die im Jahr 2007 gegründet wurde.


Die Band wurde im Jahr 2007 gegründet. Im Juli desselben Jahres folgte das erste Konzert, sie trat dabei mit der polnischen Prog-Band Riverside auf. Danach folgten weitere Auftritte in London, wobei die Band unter anderem für King’s X in Wolverhampton und Camden im Januar 2009 als Vorband auftrat. Im Oktober spielte die Band zusammen mit Bigelf auf deren Tour durch Großbritannien.

Die Band erreichte einen Vertrag bei Sensory Records und veröffentlichte das Debütalbum Aquarius. Das Album wurde in Deutschland in den von Christian "Moschus" Moos (Spacelab Studios) aufgenommen und ebenfalls in Deutschland in Eroc’s Mastering Ranch gemastert. Im Mai 2010 eröffnete die Band ein Konzert für das Diablo Swing Orchestra. Im selben Jahr trat die Band außerdem auf dem ProgPower Europe auf und spielte danach am 2. Oktober ein Konzert mit Shadow Gallery in Maasbree. Am 9. Oktober folgte ein Auftritt zusammen mit Karmakanic und Agents of Mercy. Am 12. November folgte ein Auftritt zusammen mit Freak Kitchen. Im April 2011 schloss sich ein Auftritt zusammen mit Threshold und Vanden Plas an sowie ein Auftritt auf dem ProgPower USA im September.[2]

Im Jahr 2011 folgte über Sensory Records das zweite Album namens Visions.[3] Für das dritte Album, das 2013 erschien, unterschrieb die Band einen Plattenvertrag mit InsideOut Music. Am 25. September 2013 gaben Haken das Ausscheiden des Bassisten Tom MacLean aus der Band bekannt.[4]

Das an Queen erinnernde 8-minütige Stück Cockroach King aus dem dritten Album The Mountain wurde zu ihrem Dauerbrenner, das ganze Album zu ihrem internationalen Durchbruch.[5]

Im August 2019 sendete die Deutschlandfunk-Reihe „Rock et cetera“ ein einstündiges musikjournalistisches Porträt der Band. Gefragt nach dem Namen der Band, erfuhr man vom Frontmann, dass er ganz zu Anfang mal „Haaken“ lautete, nach einem Wort der nordischen Mythologie klingend, dann aber zu „Haken“ umgewandelt wurde und seitdem als „German for hook“ erläutert wird.[5]


Die Band spielt technisch anspruchsvollen Progressive Metal, der an die Werke von Dream Theater und Pain of Salvation erinnert.[6] Auf Affinity finden Einflüsse klassischer 80er Jahre Popmusik, sowie des Dubsteps ihre Verwendung. Die Alben Vector und Virus verstehen sich als Doppelalbum, welches an die Geschichte des "Cockroach King" (The Mountain) verknüpft ist und so ein bandübergreifendes Gesamtkonzept kreiert.[7] Die Musik von Haken wurde seit der Veröffentlichungen von The Mountain zunehmend härter und entwickelte sich ebenfalls in Richtung des Djent.



  • 2010: Aquarius (Sensory Records)
  • 2011: Visions (Sensory Records)
  • 2013: The Mountain (InsideOut Music)
  • 2016: Affinity (InsideOut Music)
  • 2018: Vector (InsideOut Music)
  • 2020: Virus (InsideOut Music)


  • 2018: L-1VE (InsideOut Music)
  • 2018: L+1VE (nur LP; InsideOut Music)

Andere Veröffentlichungen

  • 2008: Enter the 5th Dimension (Demo, Eigenveröffentlichung)
  • 2014: Restoration (EP, InsideOut Music)



  1. Chartquellen: DeutschlandÖsterreichSchweizGroßbritannien
  2. HAKEN, abgerufen am 7. Februar 2012.
  3. Haken Visions, abgerufen am 7. Februar 2012.
  4. Haken :: announce depature of bass player Tom MacLean, abgerufen am 4. Oktober 2013.
  5. a b Rhythmisch vertrackt, gefangen in der Nische: Prog Metal-Band Haken, Deutschlandfunk vom 18. August 2019, abgerufen selbigen Datums
  6. Duffluc: Haken Visions, abgerufen am 10. Februar 2012.
  7. Rodney Fuchs: HAKEN - Unglücklicher Zufall. In: FUZE Magazine #82. FUZE Magazine, 26. Juli 2020, S. 32, abgerufen am 26. Juli 2020.


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