Aquarius (Haken album)

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Haken Aquarius cover.jpg
Studio album by Haken
Released 30 March 2010 (2010-03-30)
Recorded 2009-2010
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 72:44
Label Sensory
Haken chronology
Enter the 5th Dimension (demo)

Aquarius is the debut studio album by the progressive metal band Haken. The album artwork was created by Dennis Sibeijn,[1] who has also worked with 3, Job for a Cowboy, and See You Next Tuesday, among others. Despite the band having released two previous demos, none of the multiple songs already recorded were re-released on this album.

Aquarius was largely written on the piano by guitarist/keyboardist Richard Henshall and then developed with inputs by the rest of the band.[2] Its tracks are generally longer, the shortest track being just under 7 minutes and the longest being nearly 17.[3] It is a concept album about a mermaid, discovered by a fisherman and sold to a circus, whose blood is the only thing capable of saving the human race from a flood resulting from global warming issues. She ultimately dies for mankind's sake.[2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Classic Rock Magazine positive[5]

The reception of this album was generally positive.

Eduardo Rivadavia of Allmusic praised it as the strongest prog album yet to come out in the 2010s.[4] Classic Rock Magazine featured the song "Eternal Rain" as a free track of the day on 15 April 2010. The small review given was positive, calling it "interesting music from a young London band who combine jazz, metal and prog, delivered with excellent musicianship."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ross Jennings[6][7][8]; all music composed by Richard Henshall.

No. Title Length
1. "The Point of No Return" 11:26
2. "Streams"
  • I. "Streams"
  • II. "Veins"
  • III. "Digression"
3. "Aquarium" 10:39
4. "Eternal Rain" 6:42
5. "Drowning in the Flood" 9:28
6. "Sun" 7:19
7. "Celestial Elixir" 16:56
Total length: 72:44



  1. ^ Allmusic guide Aquarius page with artist credit. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  2. ^ a b Serafine, Frank (September 23, 2011). "Haken Explains Story Behind "Visions," Favorite Bands, And Musical Training". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Allmusic guide page for Aquarius with track listing. Retrieved 2010-08-18
  4. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Aquarius". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  5. ^ a b Dome, M. "Track of the Day: Haken". Classic Rock Magazine. Retrieved 2010-08-20. 
  6. ^ Allmusic guide Aquarius page with musicians credit. Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  7. ^ Allmusic guide Haken biography and member listing Retrieved 2010-08-18.
  8. ^ Allmusic guide Aquarius listing, with track list. Retrieved 2010-08-18.

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