Haken’s New EP Looks Back

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Mega-prog warriors Haken are releasing an EP of reworked older material! Guest starring some people that you might like, or whatever.

While we’re not technically in the realm of the Toilet here, there’s plenty of overlapping between prog and metal. If you haven’t heard Haken but you like to go on journeys through faraway worlds made entirely out of sound waves and light, then pick up their masterful 2013 album, The Mountain.

Haken has announced the release of a the Restoration EP that will recast three tunes from their 2008 demo, Enter the 5th Dimension. The idea of the band revisiting old material is bound to excite fanboys across the world, but with a band that has developed and progressed as much as Haken has, this is sure to be an exciting trip. They’ve also announced that Pete Rinaldi and Mike Portnoy will make guest appearances on the EP, specifically on the 19-minute track “Crystallised.” With three song titles that aren’t on the original demo, it sounds like these songs are going to be reimagined entirely. A band like Haken is sure to make this venture worthwhile, and I can’t wait to hear what those crazy Brits have come up with. If I were a gambling man, I would bet that “Darkest Light” is the updated version of “Blind,” “Earthling” is the updated version of “Souls,” and “Crystallised” is going to be the new “Snow.” Let’s all laugh at how wrong I am when this thing drops on October 27th via InsideOut Music. Keep your eyes open for preorders, and jam this YouTube playlist of the demo until then!

Oh, and they also announced they’re working on their fourth album, too. Not a bad day for Haken.

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  • Tyree

    At 2:40 in “Blind” it seriously sounds like circus music.

    • Randall Thor

      Circus music can be a good thing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dUbTxm7Y-w

      • Tyree

        My guitarist worships this band.

        • Randall Thor

          Your guitarist is wise and sexy and I’d bear his or her children

          • Tyree

            Hahahaha! He is really into thrash metal but I make him play grindcore and death metal. He wants to start a thrash band similar to this, I’d be down to thrash the fuck out.

          • Randall Thor

            I wish I could pull off these style of vocals. At least I sound like a man when I sing

          • Tyree

            Ha, yeah I guess. I like the cheese factor though.

          • Randall Thor

            World Circus is a perfect storm (and it is quite the storm) of over the top solos, riffs, and vocals.

          • Tyree

            I’m diggin it brah! My guitarist will cry when I tell him I’ve been listening to Toxik.

          • Randall Thor

            Have you not before? This whole album is perfect 0/5 flushes IMO

          • Tyree

            Nope, never heard it. I’ve really never got into much old school thrash. I dig these guys even though they are more death metal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uRyaYkymJY

          • Randall Thor

            I have a friend who asks me about once every month or two if I’ve listened to Solstice, then berates me when I say no. I generally despise thrash, because it’s all so same-y

          • Tyree

            I get sort of bored with just straight up thrash sometimes. I like it way better mixed with Death metal or Black metal.

          • Randall Thor

            Agreed, black/thrash being by far my favorite of anything with thrash.

          • Tyree

            KSOFM got me into these guys. Awesome blackened thrash.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxLccFvIP3Q

          • Randall Thor
          • giving a listen…
            they probably demand that no video have quality higher than 240p

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            He’ll weep even more after you tell him you’ve been listening to this album.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gH0s2SH30I

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I love Toxik. They’re from near my area.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I don’t think that that’s how biology works, mate.

          • Randall Thor

            It’s 2014 bro, why you gotta hate

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Don’t channel your inner social warrior!

          • Randall Thor

            dont’ worry, I don’t get on the internet to call people cisshit scumlords

          • or your inner dream warrior

            -GL

    • Wizard Aura

      There is this 70’s Swedish prog band called Salmas Mamas Manna that is basically circus prog. Its the best shit…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0i03ydI3Rw

  • YourLogicIsFlushed

    The Mountain was a perfect balance between cheesy and badass. I’ll have to check out some of their older stuff too.

    • Fossegrim

      Listening to it now for the first time, this is Great!

  • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

    *FLUSH*

    • I would rather listen to the new In Flames album! Which, I happened to buy today!

      GL

      • Worst purchase of your entire life.

      • Janitor Jim Dvggan

        Isn’t it so good? I love it so much.

      • Randall Thor

        Haken >>>>>>> In Flames, unless you’re a poser. Do I need to put you in timeout outside the hall?

        • Janitor Jim Dvggan

          I’m already there due to my love of the new In Flames album. I’m going to defend it for all time.

        • Metaphysical Anus

          Please don’t. I don’t want fans of the new In Flames here.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’m already here.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I refuse to belive this. This is an In Flames free zone.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Not when I’m around. The new album is so good. I love it so much.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I have to build my own hall.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Why, because the new album is so good? Does this hall have hating of ELP as well? If so I hope that the hall is in the fictional land of Luxembourg because there won’t be anywhere to put it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Nothing to do with ELP. That In Flames album sucks. My hall will be in my imaginary land of Finland. I’ll be there alone.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            This hall better not hate ELP because I want to join it. If I can join I won’t bring up the new album. Plus, I believe in Finland.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You can’t join it because you like that new album. Plus you like ELP. We don’t talk about ELP in my new hall, but we don’t like it either.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            I’ll begin hating it if I can join. I won’t bring up ELP either! I’ll even bring my George Foreman grill so we can grill up food!

          • Metaphysical Anus

            We don’t grill in the hall. It’s my hall and my hall alone.

          • Janitor Jim Dvggan

            Fine. I’ll start my own hall with grilling, football, a claw machine and a machine that dispenses all you can drink soda including Surge, Vault and Crystal Pepsi. Also, you’re not allowed in, especially when In Flames and ELP do shows there. Besides, I plan on booking all of your favorite artists and not letting you in to see them.

          • flattery will get you everywhere

          • Scrimm

            I’ll come whenever the other hall plays In Lames.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            In Lames is playing outside the hall. That’s why I had to build a new hall. It was beautiful here, until In Lames attacked.

          • Scrimm

            I have an army of undead dwarf slaves and flying killer spheres to repel any lame attack.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Don’t you mean “indentured servants”?

          • Scrimm

            No. I’m not from this dimension so I am not bound to your political correctness. Plus I am evil. Besides, they’re dead, therefore no rights.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Please call them indentured servants while near me. I can’t have people hearing that I am friends with a slaver. That would tarnish my reputation.

          • Scrimm

            You’re hatred of In Lames would redeem it.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I think you’re right. Give them a lash from me.

          • Scrimm

            I don’t have to do that. I’ve removed their brains so they serve me with complete loyalty.

          • CÖÄL RÖLL FRÖM THE TÖILET BÖWL

            FLUSH EM ALL AND FLUSHING NO REGRETS

          • W.

            Hey Anus, did you see I included a Finnish band in my last grind post?

          • Metaphysical Anus

            I seem to have completely missed that post.

          • do you know them?

          • Metaphysical Anus

          • you’re one of my favorite people. ever.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            Thx bae. U 2.

          • now THERE’s a good band.

          • Metaphysical Anus

            You lost a lot of points.

  • Metaphysical Anus

    Shit! I would’ve been interested, but of course fucking Portnoy has to be there.

    • Janitor Jim Dvggan

      Fucking Portnoy. Can’t he go back to Adrenaline Mob or some crap like that?

  • Edward Meehan

    Dat cover tho.

  • Randall Thor

    Dream Tour: Ihsahn world tour w/ Leprous, Ne Obliviscaris, and Haken.

    • YourLogicIsFlushed

      And just to be dicks, they actually call it Dream Tour and don’t invite Dream Theater.

      • Randall Thor

        and somehow we squeeze Ayreon in there too just to piss off Dream Theater some more with the “Images and Dreams” tour

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      Excuse me while certain parts of my body stiffen and awkwardly convulse simultaneously.

  • Maybe the best song/video of 2013.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_e4YX73Ww4

    • God

      This is amazing 10/10

    • Wizard Aura

      Dude… I’m going to say it is for sure the best music video of 2013