Haken bass player departs
2013-09-25 by ShinobiDaisuke | 16 Comments

Haken bassist and founding member Tom MacLean has announced today that he has left the band, citing personal reasons.

The full article can be read on the band's Facebook page, here:
https://www.facebook.com/HakenOfficial/posts/10151976898934744

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Band Page: Haken

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DoubtGin
September 25th 2013

6748 Comments


nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

Drpibb
September 25th 2013

119 Comments


Link is broken for me, here's the post excerpt:

"Ladies and gentlemen,

There is no simple way to rationalise why I have made the decision to leave Haken. I enjoy the creative process and the music
we've written, I love playing and performing with the band, and I love my bandmates. I had really hoped to be around for a
little while longer and I am somewhat surprised to be sitting here right now typing out this statement, so soon after "The
Mountain" was released. And yet for some time I've been aware that things haven't felt quite right. That, try as I might to be
happy and content with my lot, this isn't what I'm supposed to be doing with my life, and that there are other things I need to
turn my focus to in order to achieve that nebulous and quasi-mythical state of 'fulfilment'. This has resulted in me becoming
a cog that is struggling to turn with the rest of the machine. Put simply, when asked if I was prepared to commit
wholeheartedly to a busy touring schedule for 2014, my immediate gut reaction was "No, I don't want to do this anymore.
Time to get off". Again, there is no simple reason why I feel this way, but I can only acknowledge the fact that my heart is not
100% in it, and it's time to accept that I need to drop things in order to follow my heart, wherever that will lead me.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Charlie, Diego, Ray, Rich and Ross for their endless support and encouragement,
through good times and bad. It's been an honour and a pleasure to work with them over the past 6 years. Finally, a big thank
you to all the fans who have expressed their appreciation of my work. I tried my best. I will miss you all.

Now it's time for some new adventures. Till we meet again!

Love and respect,

Tom"

"After our recent signing to InsideOut and with the release of our third album, it feels like we are embarking on the next
stage of our journey, which we are extremely excited about. We are so proud of 'The Mountain' and we can't wait to get on
stage and share it with our dedicated fans. Thankfully we will have the pleasure of Tom's company and musicianship during
our upcoming October stint finishing up at Prog Stage Festival in Israel. After that, we will continue with a 'special guest
bassist' (TBA) until we find a permanent member. Information regarding the audition process will follow at a later date.
Finally we would like to say a huge mountain-sized thankyou to our awesome fans for the continued support.

Haken"

AtomicWaste
Staff Reviewer
September 25th 2013

1975 Comments


Sputnik always deletes the colon in http://

Replace it an the link will work.

Sad news - bass was tight on the most recent album. Hopefully they find a suitable replacement.

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Friday13th
September 25th 2013

2161 Comments


Ugh he really did a great job on The Mountain! Oh well, at least he's leaving on good terms after a good month of touring. Glad to hear there will be more shows.

Digging: Opeth - Pale Communion

SlMBOLlC
September 25th 2013

4828 Comments


everyone who climbs the mountain must eventually leave its perch

SlMBOLlC
September 25th 2013

4828 Comments


damn im so deep i dont realise

CutMan
September 25th 2013

1766 Comments


Bummer. Hoping for a good replacement. They have such a good sound, I'd hope they don't lose something with this departure.

Digging: Boy Hits Car - All That Led Us Here

JS19
September 25th 2013

4154 Comments


'everyone who climbs the mountain must eventually leave its perch'

2deep4me

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TheMoreira
September 25th 2013

6730 Comments


Godspeed Tom, and you keep droppin it like it's hot Haken.

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TheMoreira
September 25th 2013

6730 Comments


Oh wait... that was Snoop...




u see wat i did there? :'D

TronaldDump
September 25th 2013

475 Comments


Mike Portnoy is learning how to play bass as we speak.

Friday13th
September 25th 2013

2161 Comments


@TronaldDump lol yeah I can see that. I agree that The Mountain is the best prog metal album of the year, but I think his statement was more a jab at his former bandmates than anything.

Parallels
September 26th 2013

6640 Comments


"Mike Portnoy is learning to play bass as we speak"

lol'd

rip this great bassists work

ThatDude
September 26th 2013

13 Comments


''Mike Portnoy is learning how to play bass as we speak.''

lol'd [2]

thespaceforthis
September 27th 2013

518 Comments


I was listening to this album today

I got nothing to say really

no wait, I hope Haken hits it big to see the look on this guys face!

TheMoreira
September 27th 2013

6730 Comments


I'll go as far as saying that it is a sign of the world derping if they don't go big.



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