Haken have announced details of their much-anticipated fifth studio album titled Vector, due for release on the 26th October 2018. The album was produced by the band themselves, and recorded & mixed by Adam Nolly Getgood (Periphery, Devin Townsend Project), with the artwork once again being handled by Blacklake.
To celebrate the announcement of the new album, the band are opening up a unique opportunity for one fan’s artwork to be used as the etching on the fourth side of the vinyl LP version of the record. Haken are inviting fans to submit their own version of the Rorschach test ink-blot image which graces the album’s cover, and one winner’s art will be picked by the band to be etched into every vinyl copy of Vector. Submissions are open now, closing on the 10th August, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
«We don’t like to make simple music. We always aim to defy expectations, and I believe we’ve surpassed what we aimed to achieve with our new album», said vocalist Ross Jennings. Vector is a step in a heavier direction musically. «We’ve always had a heavy influence», explains guitarist Charlie Griffiths, «but it was obvious from the riffs that were naturally coming out of us early in the writing process that this would be a more metal album. These are some of the most riff driven songs we’ve ever written».
As usual, Haken produced the album themselves, but for the first time they have enlisted Adam Nolly Getgood during the recording and mixing stages. Vector has an underlying theme running through the seven songs which is certainly esoteric and fascinating.
Lyrically it’s a bit more theatrical then usual from Haken. It’s about a doctor with an intriguing, perhaps sinister interest in a particular patient. From there the story enters the point-of-view of the patient – who appears to be catatonic, but his mind is sparking with what could be memories, or delusions brought on by the treatment he’s receiving.
The album will be available as Limited edition 2CD Mediabook (including instrumental versions), Gatefold vinyl 2LP + CD, Standard CD Jewelcase & as digital download.The band recently announced North American co-headline dates alongside Norway’s Leprous, and label-mates Bent Knee.