Haken - Aquarius/Visions album review
British proggers’ first two albums get an anniversary makeover
If you think of remasters and reissues, you usually associate them with dust-speckled records from yesteryear receiving a sonic touch-up with loving help from new technology. Haken, however, seem to be doing things their own way. Their first two albums Aquarius and Visions aren’t even seven years old yet, but they’ve now been remastered by go-to audio maestro Jens Bogren, and re-released on vinyl for the first time, in celebration of Haken’s tenth anniversary in existence. It’s the intricacies and nuances that make the remastering truly worthwhile, with Diego Tejeida’s quirky keyboard work catapulting headfirst in the mix with aplomb and Raymond Hearne’s drums unearthed from the fog, crashing and splashing. That’s not to say the albums sounded poor before; it’s just that now they sound great.