Haken emerged with a well-received demo in 2007. Keyboardist Peter Jones was a part of that period of the band, however left to pursue his tutorial research earlier than the group launched their debut in 2010. Following a fourteen 12 months absence, Jones has returned to the fold for Haken‘s seventh studio album Fauna.
Vocalist Ross Jennings says Jones has made a big effect on this document. “What Pete’s brought sonically to the band has played a massive role in why we do have a lot of new sounds on this record,” Jennings says. “It’s always a new dynamic when there’s a change in personnel, and this is a fresh and reviving one.”
Between the lineup change and the extra time that they had for songwriting as a result of pandemic, Fauna seems to be one of many band’s most bold and wide-ranging efforts. The lyrical idea of the album began with the premise that every track would have an animal assigned to it, however it will additionally hook up with the human world and the way that animal associated to the track’s composer.
For instance, the opener “Taurus” is in regards to the wildebeest, with its destruction and displacement likened to the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine battle. The track is likely one of the document’s most streamlined at just below 5 minutes with syncopated djent rhythms shifting to melodic sections with clean, melodic singing from Jennings.
Whereas the band has explored djent on current albums, Fauna is a illustration of their complete music oeuvre. “Nightingale” is basic Haken, whereas they push in new instructions with “The Alphabet Of Me.” It’s the band at their most accessible, a really up to date sounding monitor that is as near radio-friendly as Haken goes to get whereas nonetheless showcasing progressive sections.
“Beneath The White Rainbow” includes a numerous vocal efficiency from Jennings. Hovering melodic singing turns extra pressing and excessive pitched towards the tip of the monitor, which has among the album’s heaviest moments. Temporary ambient sections and continuously shifting soundscapes make “Islands in the Clouds” compelling.
Haken takes it again to the ‘80s with the intelligent “Lovebite,” a melodic and upbeat sounding track with a singalong refrain whose darkish lyrics are a commentary on failed relationships that includes the black widow, as the feminine kills and devours the male after mating.
Fauna‘s most bold track is the 11 minute penultimate monitor “Elephants Never Forget.” It unfolds slowly, a dynamic track with advanced preparations that provides every band member an opportunity to show their musical prowess. A bit self-indulgent at instances, the monitor nonetheless manages to be participating and in a position to keep curiosity.
The album closes with the emotional “Eyes of Ebony,” which addresses dying, each that of the near-extinct northern white rhino and guitarist Richard Henshall‘s father, who not too long ago handed away. The introspective monitor begins out mellow, however will increase the depth earlier than easing right into a mid-song instrumental break and quiet ending.
With Fauna, Haken has accomplished a fantastic job of encapsulating all eras of their profession whereas nonetheless pushing in several instructions. Like most prog albums, the listener will soak up extra of the subtleties of the compositions with a number of listens, however Fauna has loads of instantly memorable elements as properly.