Visions (Haken album)

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Visions
Haken Visions HD 350.jpg
Studio album by Haken
Released 17 September 2011 (2011-09-17) (ProgPower USA)
24 October 2011 (2011-10-24) (official)
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre
Length 71:33
Label Sensory
Haken chronology
Aquarius
(2010)Aquarius2010
Visions
(2011)
The Mountain
(2013)The Mountain2013

Visions is the second studio album of progressive metal band Haken. The album was released mostly for the attention of people at ProgPower USA on 17 September 2011,[1] with an official release date set for 24 October 2011.[2][3]

Unlike Aquarius, which was written mainly on the piano by Richard Henshall, Visions was mostly written on the guitar. As with the debut album, the members recorded their parts at home and then shared the files between them. The album features a string quartet and a French horn player mixed with synthetic string and brass sections.[1] Both string and French horn arrangements were arranged by keyboardist Diego Tejeida and drummer Ray Hearne.[4]

It is a concept album like its predecessor, telling the story of "a young boy who sees his own death in his dreams and believes it's going to happen and spends the rest of his life trying to avoid it." The long closing track "Visions" is the end of the story but it makes it come full circle to the beginning. The track was written by vocalist Ross Jennings based on a premonition of his own death and it was the first song to be written, with the album growing around it.[1] Like Aquarius, the album artwork was also created by Dennis Sibeijn.

The album is dedicated to the mother of guitarist Charlie Griffiths, who had died in 2011.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ross Jennings; all music composed by Richard Henshall, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Premonition" (Instrumental)
4:10
2. "Nocturnal Conspiracy"   13:08
3. "Insomnia"
  • Henshall
  • Tejeida
  • MacLean
  • Ross Jennings
  • Raymond Hearne
  • Charlie Griffiths
6:06
4. "The Mind's Eye"   4:05
5. "Portals" (Instrumental)   5:27
6. "Shapeshifter"   8:08
7. "Deathless"   8:04
8. "Visions"   22:25
Total length: 71:33

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Sea of Tranquility 5/5 stars[5]
ProgSnobs Positive[6]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[7]

Visions received high praise from Sea of Tranquility webzine. It was described as "a staggeringly brilliant example of progressive metal" by Pete Pardo and "probably the final progressive masterpiece of 2011" by Murat Batmaz.[5] Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic gave the album a positive review saying, "Visions isn't exactly a proud new flagship in Her Royal Majesty's Progressive Rock (H.R.M.P.R.) navy, but it's pretty darn seaworthy nonetheless."[7]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Serafine, Frank (23 September 2011). "Haken Explains Story Behind "Visions," Favorite Bands, And Musical Training". metalunderground.com. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Carter, Vatjarr. "News: New Album Review, Haken "Visions" (Tracklist)". Distortion Emolver. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  3. ^ HAKEN Sophomore Album Details & Trailer Posted Band Prepares For ProgPower USA. Retrieved 2 August 2011
  4. ^ a b https://www.discogs.com/es/Haken-Visions/release/3203747
  5. ^ a b http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=11692
  6. ^ Weiss, Aaron. "Haken – Visions Review". ProgSnobs. ProgSnobs.com. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "AllMusic Review by Eduardo Rivadavia". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 10 May 2017.