Aquarius is the debut studio album by the progressive metal band Haken. The album artwork was created by Dennis Sibeijn, who has also worked with 3, Job for a Cowboy, and See You Next Tuesday, among others. Despite the band having released two previous demos, none of the multiple songs already recorded were re-released on this album. Aquarius was largely written on the piano by t Richard Henshall and then developed with inputs by the rest of the band.
Oakeater - Aquarius 06:41. Oakeater - Respite 04:55. Iron Road II, Fake Witch - Mamiffer, Oakeater.
The album closes on a strong pairing of songs, ones that capture the Oakeater sound exceptionally well. Aquarius" immediately stands out with its oddly treated, multifaceted rhythm that propels the piece throughout. Swells of darkness are weaved in and out by the trio, as screamed, almost black metal styled vocals cut through like a dull, rusty knife. The song builds tension brilliantly, with the band adding more percussion and soaring guitar towards its dramatic conclusion. Respite", however, ends the album on a restrained, yet menacing note.
The origin to the name Oakeater is instructive to the underlying framework for this Chicago outfit. Barnett, alongside Seth Sher and Jeremiah Fisher, formed Oakeater in the mid-aughts, recording and performing in fits and starts. The division of labor is rather fluid in the use of re-purposed electronics bolstered by guitars, synths, drum machine, and voice.
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