The mountain was my first introduction. Then affinity, then I decided I liked them enough to listen to the older albums. I don’t know if I’ll ever have a “oh shit” moment like I did hearing atlas stone for the first time with any other music again.
I feel like they took themselves was less serious during Aquarius/Visions compared to virus/vector. I love the goofy changes and insane virtuosity.
I started with The Mountain and the first guitar solo after the goofy doobado bop bop section sold me.
The Mountain is an almost perfect prog metal album. I highly doubt they’ll come out with something at that level again.
Agreed. I put it up there with Raven as my favorite prog records of the new century
HCE > Raven by a hair, but this isn’t the thread for that. All three albums are modern prog perfection.
Every thread is the thread for everything. I think I might prefer HCE by a tiny bit as a whole, but I consider Raven to be a better prog record, with better individual song writing, if that makes any sense at all.
Raven is my favorite prog album of all time. Even take out the metal qualifier.
In terms of song structure, I agreed with you. HCE is more cohesive as an album though and I like the overall flow better than The Raven.
Should I make @cshore and all of @squeakyfeet do a full Haken discography listen through in the van next week? I’m thinking yes
Yea @cshore def would love that
Kiesel and Strandberg fam
I only listen to bedroom pop
Back onto Haken discussion…
Island in the clouds is quickly growing on me. That Tool-esque bridge gets me going.
Listening to the instrumental version of Fauna today. Catching some nuances I missed under the vocals.
I did that on the way home from sqft last night. Lovebite has a lot more keys hidden under the vocals.
Only song on the album that hasn’t captured me in any way. Yet.