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Release date: 2 September 2013
Style: Progressive metal

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01. The Path
02. Atlas Stone
03. Cockroach King
04. In Memoriam
05. Because It's There
06. Falling Back To Earth
07. As Death Embraces
08. Pareidolia
09. Somebody
10. The Path Unbeaten [instrumental version of The Path] [digital bonus]
11. Nobody [acoustic version of Somebody] [digital bonus]

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Line-up
Ross Jennings - vocals
Diego Tejeida - keyboards
Richard "Hen" Henshall - guitar, keyboards
Charlie Griffiths - guitar
Raymond Hearne - drums
Tom MacLean - bass

Jens Bogren - mixing, mastering

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qnick90 - 15.08.2013 at 13:11  
Rating: 9 Really looking forward to this!
Starchild - 15.08.2013 at 13:40  
  According to first two songs on youtube, it will be an awesome album, can't wait!

Atlas Stone
Pareidolia
tea[m]ster - 15.08.2013 at 16:26  
Rating: 7
Written by Starchild on 15.08.2013 at 13:40

According to first two songs on youtube, it will be an awesome album, can't wait!


Nice find, thanks!
thehondo - 16.08.2013 at 00:36  
  Fantastic. It appears we have our next legitimate prog metal heavy weight. Just don't go too psychedelic on me guys.
Doge of Venice - 18.08.2013 at 22:17  
Rating: 9 This is sounding fantastic from the first two songs. It could be their best yet.
Neachy - 25.08.2013 at 21:18  
  Leaked
Doge of Venice - 31.08.2013 at 01:06  
Rating: 9 http://www.progrockmag.com/news/haken-album-premiere-the-mountain/

Full album Premiere.
MarioCalnSnchez - 04.09.2013 at 11:32  
Rating: 10 Really a good record from Haken. They keep their music line!
Diverge - 07.09.2013 at 07:12  
Rating: 9 I'm so ashamed that I've been sleeping on this band. A really great prog album, and an album that is worthy of the hype it has been receiving from Progarchives and Sputnik.

One of the best prog metal albums of the year.
PocketMetal - 12.09.2013 at 10:16  
Rating: 9 This is why Steven Wilson is overrated ...
seafood - 15.09.2013 at 14:30  
Rating: 7 I think it's their weakest so far, but still good enough. With previous albums I've always felt like I'm smashed against a wall of melody, there was always something new to find. This one seems thinner, like it have already blown all the tricks on me and I'm getting slightly bored of it after just a few days of listening.
wintress - 16.09.2013 at 07:24  
Rating: 8 I just found out about these guys and this is amazing.
Zaphod - 17.09.2013 at 18:25  
  So did the singing improve? Since that was definitely one of their weak points in the debut. Still haven't listened to Visions, let alone this one.
Darth Mitchell - 17.09.2013 at 20:28  
Rating: 9 Can't believe I didn't listen to them before! The Mountain is a really great album. The worst thing of not listening to them earlier is that I found out they played live a few days ago in my city and I missed them :-(
Diverge - 18.09.2013 at 23:53  
Rating: 9
Written by Zaphod on 17.09.2013 at 18:25

So did the singing improve? Since that was definitely one of their weak points in the debut. Still haven't listened to Visions, let alone this one.


Ross Jennings isn't a very flashy singer, but I like his approach to the vocals here a lot. There are one or two moments of technical awe (especially on Atlas Stone), but he generally sings in a way that doesn't detract from what the rest of the band is doing. He knows his own comfort zone, and operates within it. I do prefer his vocals here to Visions and Aquarius, to answer your question. It's probably worth a shot, and you'll probably know within a few songs whether you like this or not. Cockroach King is one of the best prog tracks I have heard in a long time (and that's a view shared by many within the prog community).
Zaphod - 19.09.2013 at 10:07  
 
Written by Diverge on 18.09.2013 at 23:53

Ross Jennings isn't a very flashy singer, but I like his approach to the vocals here a lot. There are one or two moments of technical awe (especially on Atlas Stone), but he generally sings in a way that doesn't detract from what the rest of the band is doing. He knows his own comfort zone, and operates within it. I do prefer his vocals here to Visions and Aquarius, to answer your question. It's probably worth a shot, and you'll probably know within a few songs whether you like this or not. Cockroach King is one of the best prog tracks I have heard in a long time (and that's a view shared by many within the prog community).

Okay, thanks for the reply. I'll check it out if I have some time.
Hughes - 19.09.2013 at 21:43  
Rating: 9 Wow really refreshing , like it so far.
Doge of Venice - 20.09.2013 at 20:55  
Rating: 9
Written by Doge of Venice on 18.08.2013 at 22:17

This is sounding fantastic from the first two songs. It could be their best yet.


Update. Yes, it is their best. Cockroach King is magnificent.
wintress - 21.09.2013 at 18:36  
Rating: 8
Written by Doge of Venice on 18.08.2013 at 22:17


Update. Yes, it is their best. Cockroach King is magnificent.


I agree. It helps that the video for Cockroach King is amazing.
Dentura - 23.09.2013 at 09:34  
Rating: 8 This album is so good! Some wonderful prog metal encased within, and I really enjoyed the last album as well.
Gelati - 25.09.2013 at 04:48  
Rating: 9 Tasteful, intimate, and deeply moving for how catchy it can be at times. This is a powerful achievement by a band that continues to improve with each album. Haken display a mastery of various performance techniques throughout the ensemble within compositions that are well crafted for the versatility of the group. Excellent utilization of dynamic contrast and a variety of timbres make the well balanced production even more impressive. "The Mountain" displays a level of confidence in composition that only the greatest bands truly have and I believe Haken have now, at the very least, entered that conversation. This is potentially the best album this year and while I would normally say "for fans of x" I'm not going to in this case. If you enjoy music this album should be on your listening list RIGHT NOW!
Mechaniacal - 25.09.2013 at 06:02  
Rating: 9 This album is pretty damn incredible. Cockroach King and Pareidolia are fucking excellent. The most consistent of Haken's works by far.
MétalNoir - 26.09.2013 at 23:30  
Rating: 10 Listening to "Pareidlolia" right now. WOW. I can't believe I found that band boring until now! They can be quite agressive when they try and yet the music remains beautiful.
K†ulu - 28.09.2013 at 18:20  
Rating: 7 Oh, how I hate getting into Haken's new albums. They are messing with my head again. Only on around fourth listen things started to make sense. Listening to the album through speakers kind of helped for the music to unfold a bit more, and I could actually enjoy it more rather than scrutinize as I did the previous five listens. Anyways, I still need more time with this one.
BloodJuNkie - 01.10.2013 at 19:02  
Rating: 7 Average album!
JohnDoe - 02.10.2013 at 00:44  
  Great album, loved it, one of the best I've heard this year
phanto - 08.10.2013 at 21:35  
Rating: 7 First 2 songs are AMAZING.
3rd song (cockroach king) is ABYSMAL.
Rest is okay.
Diverge - 09.10.2013 at 01:43  
Rating: 9
Written by phanto on 08.10.2013 at 21:35

3rd song (cockroach king) is ABYSMAL.

I think you are definitely in the minority about that one. Based on the reception here and on sites like Prog Archives, it's very safe to say that Cockroach King has been almost universally praised.
phanto - 12.10.2013 at 05:38  
Rating: 7
Written by Diverge on 09.10.2013 at 01:43

Written by phanto on 08.10.2013 at 21:35

3rd song (cockroach king) is ABYSMAL.

I think you are definitely in the minority about that one. Based on the reception here and on sites like Prog Archives, it's very safe to say that Cockroach King has been almost universally praised.

which surprises me, since they attempt gentle giant-esque stuff in that song and fail miserably (IMO).
I've grown to despise it less, but I still think it's a steep fall after the first 2 beautiful songs.
The Galactican - 18.10.2013 at 04:49  
Rating: 9 I liked their last one but this is a big step forward in my opinion. Awesome record.
SWAMPL0RD - 23.10.2013 at 17:41  
Rating: 9
Written by phanto on 08.10.2013 at 21:35

First 2 songs are AMAZING.
3rd song (cockroach king) is ABYSMAL.
Rest is okay.



The Cockroach King is my favorite track of this album, because of its awkwardness, but then again I've begun to really appreciate avant-garde music (Unexpect, Leprous, DFD) and this song definitely belongs to that category. Besides the the end of the song is just so EPIC!
sleepscience - 06.11.2013 at 23:37  
  This band just gets better and better. Aquarius had a lot of incredible prog moments but suffered from easily being their cheesiest outing, with overly prominent held keyboard chords and more questionable keyboard voicings, as well as having the most over-the-top vocals (the growl sections were cringeworthy, albeit sparse) and silly lyrics. Visions was a vast improvement with all the things I mentioned about the previous album being mostly touched up or removed completely. But The Mountain has them having refined their sound even further to glorious results. Cockroach King and Falling Back To Earth are my favorites currently, but every track has something great to offer. This is by far my album of the year pick and I don't see that changing. Really hope I end up getting to go on the Progressive Nation At Sea cruise to see them...although their bassist did leave recently, which is very disappointing as he was one of the strongest elements of their sound in my opinion.
tea[m]ster - 07.11.2013 at 16:16  
Rating: 7 I still like their debut better. This sounds exactly like their previous :/
K†ulu - 07.11.2013 at 22:26  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 07.11.2013 at 16:16

I still like their debut better. This sounds exactly like their previous :/

Yeah, me too... It kind of sounds like their previous but minus the amazing eclectic opus...
Symphony Ex - 25.11.2013 at 14:50  
  Saw these guys in London last night - absolutely amazing. They played the whole 22 minutes of Visions as an encore!
LeKiwi - 04.12.2013 at 23:36  
Rating: 10
Written by BloodJuNkie on 01.10.2013 at 19:02

Average album!

Yeah, you tend to see prog like this everywhere
LeKiwi - 04.12.2013 at 23:46  
Rating: 10
Written by phanto on 08.10.2013 at 21:35

First 2 songs are AMAZING.
Rest is okay.

Curious...I've listened to the first six tracks so far and my opinion is the inverse of yours....
BloodJuNkie - 05.12.2013 at 09:57  
Rating: 7
Written by LeKiwi on 04.12.2013 at 23:36

Written by BloodJuNkie on 01.10.2013 at 19:02

Average album!

Yeah, you tend to see prog like this everywhere


Actually Progressive Metal is one of my favorite genres, so i give such albums another listen. If i didn't like it after all so be it, i'm not supposed to like all the progressive metal albums on earth.
LeKiwi - 05.12.2013 at 10:08  
Rating: 10
Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.12.2013 at 09:57

Actually Progressive Metal is one of my favorite genres, so i give such albums another listen. If i didn't like it after all so be it, i'm not supposed to like all the progressive metal albums on earth.

Fair enough, but I don't think it would be fair to call this average quality. Even if I don't enjoy a particular album or style, I try to give it all the merit deserved.
BloodJuNkie - 05.12.2013 at 10:18  
Rating: 7
Written by LeKiwi on 05.12.2013 at 10:08

Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.12.2013 at 09:57

Actually Progressive Metal is one of my favorite genres, so i give such albums another listen. If i didn't like it after all so be it, i'm not supposed to like all the progressive metal albums on earth.

Fair enough, but I don't think it would be fair to call this average quality. Even if I don't enjoy a particular album or style, I try to give it all the merit deserved.


Well, if i don't enjoy a particular style i "try" to prevent myself from judging on it. But as i said that was just my 1st impression about the album, it was kinda boring for me (i already like Cockroach King, In Memoriam & Falling Back To Earth) but the rest are boring. You can give the merits deserved to a genre or style you don't like but can't give it to an album you don't like.
LeKiwi - 05.12.2013 at 10:30  
Rating: 10
Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.12.2013 at 10:18

Well, if i don't enjoy a particular style i "try" to prevent myself from judging on it. But as i said that was just my 1st impression about the album, it was kinda boring for me (i already like Cockroach King, In Memoriam & Falling Back To Earth) but the rest are boring. You can give the merits deserved to a genre or style you don't like but can't give it to an album you don't like.

Each to his own I've recently given a 9 to an album I don't like
BloodJuNkie - 05.12.2013 at 11:06  
Rating: 7
Written by LeKiwi on 05.12.2013 at 10:30

Written by BloodJuNkie on 05.12.2013 at 10:18

Well, if i don't enjoy a particular style i "try" to prevent myself from judging on it. But as i said that was just my 1st impression about the album, it was kinda boring for me (i already like Cockroach King, In Memoriam & Falling Back To Earth) but the rest are boring. You can give the merits deserved to a genre or style you don't like but can't give it to an album you don't like.

Each to his own I've recently given a 9 to an album I don't like

Well, just finished listening to it for the 2nd time. Seriously i don't know how did i like "Falling Back To Earth", in my opinion it's unnecessarily long (gave it 4/5), but i enjoyed "Atlas Stone" and "Pareidolia". So i think from 6 to 7 is fair enough.
Lethrokai - 06.12.2013 at 13:56  
Rating: 9 When I first listened to this album, I thought it was seriously overrated.
However, it's something that just keeps getting better with each and every listen.

It really is a journey and there's some incredible emotional significance to each song, a lot of which I can strongly relate to at the moment. One of the few metal albums where I'd truly pay heed to the lyrics.

I started off listening to this album and gave it a 7.
About 5 listens later, my vote had gone up to an 8, and then a 9.
...I might actually be considering giving it a 10 now.

This album doesn't really sound like anything too special on the surface, but when you delve a little deeper into the emotional representation of the music and lyrics, it becomes a truly beautiful story that you never want to stop.
K†ulu - 07.12.2013 at 00:22  
Rating: 7
Written by Lethrokai on 06.12.2013 at 13:56

When I first listened to this album, I thought it was seriously overrated.
However, it's something that just keeps getting better with each and every listen.

It really is a journey and there's some incredible emotional significance to each song, a lot of which I can strongly relate to at the moment. One of the few metal albums where I'd truly pay heed to the lyrics.

I started off listening to this album and gave it a 7.
About 5 listens later, my vote had gone up to an 8, and then a 9.
...I might actually be considering giving it a 10 now.

This album doesn't really sound like anything too special on the surface, but when you delve a little deeper into the emotional representation of the music and lyrics, it becomes a truly beautiful story that you never want to stop.


I have listened to The Mountain 6 times or so, and my rating has remained a 7. Now it has been 1.5 months since I last heard, and it might be time to go back. Maybe I will have the same kind of evolution you had with this album... let's see; I have had that many times before with other albums.
Diverge - 07.12.2013 at 05:39  
Rating: 9
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2013 at 00:22

Written by Lethrokai on 06.12.2013 at 13:56

When I first listened to this album, I thought it was seriously overrated.
However, it's something that just keeps getting better with each and every listen.

It really is a journey and there's some incredible emotional significance to each song, a lot of which I can strongly relate to at the moment. One of the few metal albums where I'd truly pay heed to the lyrics.

I started off listening to this album and gave it a 7.
About 5 listens later, my vote had gone up to an 8, and then a 9.
...I might actually be considering giving it a 10 now.

This album doesn't really sound like anything too special on the surface, but when you delve a little deeper into the emotional representation of the music and lyrics, it becomes a truly beautiful story that you never want to stop.


I have listened to The Mountain 6 times or so, and my rating has remained a 7. Now it has been 1.5 months since I last heard, and it might be time to go back. Maybe I will have the same kind of evolution you had with this album... let's see; I have had that many times before with other albums.


I'm not sure I would expect the same kind of evolution with this album. I think it is one of those albums in which you'll know very quickly whether or not you truly enjoy the journey. In my case, I thought the album was not only extremely consistent but enrapturing from the first listen, and I have found that these feelings dissipated only slightly with each successive listen.

The one thing about concept albums that helps me out as well is finding the centerpiece. Of course, it can be a very subjective process but in my opinion Falling Back to Earth is certainly the one for this album, in my honest opinion. When I focus on every other track's relation to that one, I find that the album is actually quite cohesive.
tea[m]ster - 08.12.2013 at 11:21  
Rating: 7
Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2013 at 00:22

I have listened to The Mountain 6 times or so, and my rating has remained a 7. Now it has been 1.5 months since I last heard, and it might be time to go back. Maybe I will have the same kind of evolution you had with this album... let's see; I have had that many times before with other albums.


I don't think I'm going back. My opinion won't change. Their debut was great but the mystic has now worn off. This sounds like exactly like their last album. I like To-Mera's latest much more.
Lethrokai - 08.12.2013 at 11:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Diverge on 07.12.2013 at 05:39


I'm not sure I would expect the same kind of evolution with this album. I think it is one of those albums in which you'll know very quickly whether or not you truly enjoy the journey. In my case, I thought the album was not only extremely consistent but enrapturing from the first listen, and I have found that these feelings dissipated only slightly with each successive listen.

The one thing about concept albums that helps me out as well is finding the centerpiece. Of course, it can be a very subjective process but in my opinion Falling Back to Earth is certainly the one for this album, in my honest opinion. When I focus on every other track's relation to that one, I find that the album is actually quite cohesive.


That's funny, because that evolution is exactly what happened with me. I hardly enjoyed this album upon first listen, and took me until around finishing my 5th listen that I began to truly appreciate this one for what it was.

As for the centerpiece, I'd have to agree with Falling Back To Earth, but I'd also like to add Because It's There, as it brings the theme of the album full circle. Placing these two songs dab-smack in the middle of the album was the smartest thing Haken could have done.
K†ulu - 08.12.2013 at 12:40  
Rating: 7
Written by tea[m]ster on 08.12.2013 at 11:21

Written by K†ulu on 07.12.2013 at 00:22

I have listened to The Mountain 6 times or so, and my rating has remained a 7. Now it has been 1.5 months since I last heard, and it might be time to go back. Maybe I will have the same kind of evolution you had with this album... let's see; I have had that many times before with other albums.


I don't think I'm going back. My opinion won't change. Their debut was great but the mystic has now worn off. This sounds like exactly like their last album. I like To-Mera's latest much more.

Yeah, the difference between To-Mera's latest and The Mountain is that with each it unveiled something new and kept me interested to go back and discover regardless of how seemingly complicated album it was. The Mountain, on the other hand, is like a wall: I try to find something there, but it seems that whatever has been discovered on the first listens is all there is, and I just keep bumping my ahead against it... (actually, now I want go back to the last To-Mera and their back catalog )
Himedal - 06.01.2014 at 23:49  
Rating: 6 Not my type.
Morteza K. - 12.01.2014 at 20:20  
Rating: 8 I really liked it. And Cockroach King is definitely a great track!

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