Haken - Announce First Ever Live Album, Work On New Album

Haken have shared some exciting news! First, the prog metallers announced the release of their first ever live album, titled L-1VE and scheduled for release on the 22nd June 2018. Following the release of the band's acclaimed fourth studio album Affinity, they embarked upon their 10th anniversary tour across Europe and North America. Recorded and filmed on the 13th April 2017, at the legendary Melkweg venue on the Amsterdam stop of that tour, this represents the band's first ever live document with tracks from across their discography. The band have also revealed they have started work on their fifth studio album.

Pre-order packages are available here.

The band comments: "The release of official live material is a project that is long overdue and we know our existing fans have been crying out for this for some time now. Whilst we have filmed and recorded many shows in the past we have always felt there were elements of our shows that could be improved 'visually' before we documented and immortalised this for the world to see and that the timing for a live release never felt right for us. This is just our nature as creative people to be so extremely self-critical and constantly strive for perfection. It is largely due to the will of the people that the idea of this project became a reality. Both the band and the label were inundated with emails requesting a live release in some shape or form, and it was actually rather flattering, so giving the people what they wanted just felt like the right thing to do."

L-1VE will be released as a 2CD/2DVD Digipak package and as digital download. The DVD will include 4 bonus tracks filmed at ProgPower USA 2016 that also includes Mike Portnoy's cameo appearance on gong, as well as all of the official videos from the Affinity album.


01. affinity.exe/Initiate
02. In Memoriam
03. 1985
04. Red Giant
05. Aquamedley
06. As Death Embraces
07. Atlas Stone
08. Cockroach King
09. The Architect
10. The Endless Knot
11. Visions

DVD Bonus Material:

01. Falling Back to Earth
02. Earthrise
03. Pareidolia
04. Crystallised

Also includes music videos for Initiate, Earthrise & Lapse.

Artwork was once again produced by long-time collaborators Blacklake, who continued the love of 80's culture that they demonstrated on artwork for Affinity. The live audio was mixed by Neal Morse and The Winery Dogs alumni Jerry Guidroz.

They comment about the new material: "We're currently getting our teeth stuck into the writing process for Album 5 and great ideas are forming and evolving as we speak. It's still early days but there is a sense among us that Haken may take a darker path with this one. However, the playing field is still wide open and the direction this record takes could alter at any point. One thing is certain: We will endeavour to stick to our mandate of strong melodies and Killer riffs!"

Source: hakenmusic.com
Band profile: Haken
Posted: 14.04.2018 by BloodTears


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14.04.2018 - 17:26
Live albums can be hit or miss with way too much post production. That being said, I wouldn't be surprised if this one is quite excellent
15.04.2018 - 12:20
I'll probably get this
Written by BloodTears on 19.08.2011 at 18:29

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