Just under a month ago we had the pleasure of speaking to one of Progressive Metal’s heralded heroes before their blistering set at London’s Electric Ballroom. Acting as a double header of sorts Haken were not one to miss in the double package with their recent stint with Between The Buried and Me. Having previously spoken to both Rich and Ross we thought perhaps it was time to get a different side of the coin. Keyboardist Deigo Tejeida was gracious enough to speak with us about what the state of Haken’s new album is, the story behind Crystallised and his shared passion for Phillip Glass.
Prog. A very small word for an incredibly vast genre, the building blocks of virtuosity, experimentation and downright quirkiness all coming under the same umbrella and it’s current state couldn’t be healthier. Breathing new life into the often overlooked stuffy seventies ideology Prog is very much alive and kicking. Throughout it’s lifespan two big hitters have been both the UK and the US. With the English bands being some of the most important in the primal stages of Prog, acts like Pink Floyd, Yes and Genesis to name a few. Nevertheless America has also got it’s foot firmly in the pool with the likes of the archetypal Dream Theater, Kansas and one Between The Buried and Me bringing the movement of Prog firmly into the Modern day.
Saving one of the best for last we come to the end of our Tech Fest interviews with the magnificent Haken. Having just floored the entire Tech Fest crowd with one of the highlights of the festival no doubt. Performing material from their acclaimed The Mountain, stating that they have time to squeeze in one last song, ie the just shy of twenty minute epic that is “Crystallised” the band were one of the stand out acts of the festival. After finishing up their set we were lucky enough to have a chat with the delightful gents that are Richard Henshall and Ross Jennings. Speaking about the band’s work on the new album, Prog in the modern day and the all important concept album we entered the weird and wonderful world of Haken, like bacon!
Having had our bones rattled after the performance of Heart Of A Coward, we then slunk off to the after party. Amid the beers we caught a performance once again from Sithu Aye along with a little help from Plini. Performing material from the split EP the two had worked it was undoubtedly one of the best jams I have heard in a long while. Complete with scetions of classic AC/DC as well! Not to mention the acoustic wizard that was Sean De Burca performing some incredibly dexterous acoustic material before the Plini / Sithu Aye jam bonanza.
Festival season is once again upon us and with the arrival of this weekend we see some of the premier Technical Metal hitting the UK. Featuring various bands from all over the world coming together for the special three day weekender, Friday’s head liner Betraying The Martyrs, Saturday’s smasher Heart Of A Coward and finalising Sunday Decapitated.