Friday, 19 February 2016

Haken: Aquarius (2010)

Above: Celestial Elixir recorded at the twelfth ProgPower USA (PPUSA XII, September 17 2011, Center Stage Atlanta GA). This YouTube performance is taken from the official DVD, available from Lucid Lounge Studios.

After their self-produced Enter the 5th Dimension demo in 2008, the English progressive metal band Haken released their debut album Aquarius in 2010. Richard Henshall composed all of the music, and Ross Jennings wrote the words, for this concept album about a child born a mermaid.

Such a professional level of composition and arrangement has achieved recognition at the Guitar Pro format Tab site, where an extraordinarily detailed tab has been uploaded by prolific contributor (158 tabs at the last count) Chris. This instrumental version of the song is so well transcribed, it's a neat treat to listen to its realistic playback:

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