9 Songs, 1 Hour, 1 Minute


Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5

22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Album of the year

Ben Zell

Only on my first listen but so far it's one of the best albums I've purchased in a long time. Haken are modern progressive metal at it's best.

Possibly Haken's Best Work

Robert Bradbury

It's so good. Like, I'm astonished at how good this is. I wasn't as hyped up for this album as other albums that came out this year (namely Dream Theater's Astonishing). I'm so happy with what we got here.

The Perfect mix of Prog and Listenability


“Affinity" is without a doubt Haken’s best release so far, a stunning follow-up to 2013’s then-unbeatable "The Mountain.” Their new 2016 concept album showcases their heaviest side, their softest side, and their most beautiful side in one concise package that is almost too easy to replay over and over.

Haken is without a doubt one of the most progressive, unique bands to come around in recent memory, even being frequently compared to Dream Theater. The difference between Haken and Dream Theater, though, is that Haken never sacrifices listenability for progression, as DT has begun to do over their last few albums (sue me, I said it). “Affinity” is no exception. It wields incredible progressive power for those of us who are more accustomed to bands like Dream Theater, while still being accessible for the lowest common denominator.

Track five, “The Architect,” is likely to be the song that everybody ends up talking about. It’s the 15-minute epic of the album and features harsh vocals around the 11-minute mark. Harsh vocals haven’t been used in a Haken album since their debut, “Aquarius.” These vocals are likely to turn off some newer fans that are unfamiliar with “Aquarius," since they seem to come out of nowhere.

This song really contains no bad songs at all, assuming Affinity.Exe doesn’t count since it’s just sound effects as an intro. Initiate is incredibly catchy, 1985 sounds like it’s straight out of a Van Halen album (which is a good thing), Lapse has a very beautiful chorus, The Architect is just godly, Earthrise has a very beautiful ending section, Red Giant is a very soft, slow breather track with a beautiful ending, The Endless Knot is just all-around amazing, and Bound by Gravity is a fantastic closer. There’s not a single bad song to list. The only forgettable song is Red Giant because of how subdued and quiet it is, but that’s exactly why it’s north remembering as well since no other song on the album sounds like it.

The only criticism I have of this album is that it’s too short! It runs somewhere around 50 minutes (?, just a guess), which isn’t officially any shorter than average, but because of how unbelievably good the music is, it feels like it’s over in five minutes.

9.5/10, Amazing album! Worth a buy!

About Haken

Formed in 2007 by To-Mera guitarist and keyboardist Richard Henshall, Haken are a full-fledged modern progressive rock band hailing from London, England. Following a few initial lineup shuffles and the release of a demo in 2008, the group's personnel settled to include singer Ross Jennings, guitarist Charlie Griffiths (of Linear Sphere), keyboardist Diego Tejeida, bassist Thomas MacLean (also of To-Mera), and drummer Ray Hearne. On the strength of their first demo and some heavy touring, they signed with Sensory Records in 2010 to release their debut, a concept album called Aquarius. Blending prog-metal with influences from 70's art rock giants past (Genesis, Kansas, etc.) and more contemporary ones (Porcupine Tree, Opeth), they quickly followed up with Visions, in October 2011. Haken's third album, The Mountain, arrived in 2013 via Inside Out Music and would be the last to feature bassist Thomas MacLean. His replacement, American bassist Conner Green, came on board in time to record 2014's Restoration EP which contained several reworked versions of songs from their 2008 demo. Meanwhile, writing had already begun for their fourth full-length produced by longtime collaborator Jens Bogren. Inside Out issued the pre-release single "Initiate" in March 2016, followed by a second, "The Endless Knot," in early April. The completed album, Affinity, was released at month's end during the band's European tour. ~ Timothy Monger & Eduardo Rivadavia

    London, England




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