The London-based progressive metal band HAKEN’S new album, ‘Affinity’ is out now worldwide, and hot on the heels of that release they have launched a video for the track ‘Earthrise’ which you can watch below.
Recorded during the winter months of 2015 ‘Affinity’ marks a new approach to the song-writing process for Haken, as vocalist Ross Jennings explained: “It is the most collaborative we have ever been on an album. We wanted to develop and expand our sound by having every member contribute initial ideas from the very beginning of the process. It naturally takes longer to filter through the mass of material and fit it all together coherently, but this approach has helped to create something completely fresh whilst maintaining the core elements of Haken’s sound.”
The band once again called upon Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried And Me) for mixing and mastering duties. “He is a wizard in this department! We are always confident his mix will bring out the best from our performance and this is no exception…” remarks keyboardist Diego Tejeida.
When we checked “Earthrise” we found it was smooth and comforting. Quite 80’s sounding, with excellent vocals and pattering rhythms. It’s a joy.