(8/10) It seems to be the 'prog weeks' this autumn. InsideOut has quite some good releases in their launchplan in these days. Devin Townsend, Pain Of Salvation and now also Haken with a new EP.
The title is "Restoration" and the name is telling you what to expect. One year after releasing "The mountain" the prog sextett is looking back in time. They took three of their favorites from the demo days have redone those. One of the rearranged songs is the gloomy "Darkest light" that rocks quite heavy. It is a multilayered metal track with a great melody. I felt reminded to the earlier Dream Theater.
Compared to the opener "Eartling" is much more relaxed. The songs starts with some sphereful keyboard samples. An acoustic guitar joins in and the vocals are almost fragile. Along the way the tune shows also more of its rocking aspect, but it never gets really loud.
The highlight of the EP is the nineteen minutes long "Crystallised". I don't know why, but the beginning I had Eloy's "Though a somber galaxy" in my mind. However, after one minute the Haken tunes takes a total other direction and develops to a complex anthem with great rhythmics. By the way, Mike Portnoy (Transatlantic / Flying Colors) had a guest appearance as well as Pete Rinaldi. And it was bass player Conner Green who had his first recording with Haken. The result speaks for itself.
For the rest the song contains everything a good prog tune should have. Canon vocals, rocking parts, silent sections, bombast and great instrumental perfomances.
"Restoration" is an excellent EP from a prog band that deserves your attention.
- Darkest light
Genre: Prog Metal