Haken – The Mountain2nd September 2013
Flying Colors – Live In Europe1st October 2013
Label: Nuclear Blast / Release date: September 6th 2013
It’s a debut, but it’s most definitely a debut that bears a mark of big experience and expertise.
Overall sound is very rich and well balanced. I’m not particular glad for the over-compressed sound of the drum (snare in particular), but combined with everything else it does work well, for the most part. Musically, the band is not trying to create something ground-breaking, but what they do they do well and their focus is concrete clear which makes the whole experience very convincing. Songs are extremely well bolted together and the technical abilities serve as bolts that hold the entire thing together, but besides that they never take the spot from the experience as a whole.
Songs are very potent and filled with emotion and attitude, nonetheless because of Matt Barlow brilliantly diverse performance. He is energetic, dramatic (at times bit too dramatic, but never so much that he ruins the experience) and with emotion always in focus.