This release is the first with Michael Nicklasson & Martin Brändström as new members and the first release with Martin Henriksson on guitar since switching from bass. There is a misconception of the three from this recording lineup as starting out on Projector (See Projector for clarification). Although not having a lot to do with the release, it still marked the second and last time a current member (Henriksson) switched their roles in the band permanently (The first was on "Promo '94" where ex-guitarist Mikael Stanne became the vocalist). This is also the last release with the contribution of ex-member Anders Fridén with the band.
Dark Tranquillity managed to advance the musical changes started on their previous record, Projector, with a blend of guitar melodies and electronic pads, especially having now constant keyboards added to their line-up. The clean vocal style went into hiatus after this release, but Stanne brought it back into later songs, as heard on the band's catalog dating from 2007 and onwards.
Reception was much similar to Projector's due to the aesthetic similarities between them. Surprisingly enough, one of the band's own members, Niklas Sundin, is his harshest critic, stating that this is his least favourite Dark Tranquillity album, though he did mention that "Emptier Still" is his favourite song and that the only record at the time that excited him the most was Skydancer. Despite the mixed feelings towards Haven, MetalGuru listed it #5 in its "Retro 2000 Top 5 Albums."