Visions (Haken album)

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Visions
Haken Visions HD 350.jpg
Studio album by Haken
Released ProgPower USA – 17 September 2011
Official – 24 October 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Progressive metal, progressive rock
Length 71:33
Label Sensory
Haken chronology
Aquarius
(2010)
Visions
(2011)
The Mountain
(2013)

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]

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]

Track listing[edit]

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

No. Title Length
1. "Premonition" (Richard Henshall, Diego Tejeida & Thomas MacLean) 4:10
2. "Nocturnal Conspiracy" 13:08
3. "Insomnia" (Haken) 6:06
4. "The Mind's Eye" 4:05
5. "Portals" 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[4]
ProgSnobs Positive[5]

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.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Serafine, Frank (September 23, 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 http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=11692
  5. ^ Weiss, Aaron. "Haken – Visions Review". ProgSnobs. ProgSnobs.com. Retrieved 7 December 2011.