It is rare to see a band like Haken that manages to evoke such an emotional response with music that is so absolutely sincere, and well constructed that it really defines what music is capable of. Previous albums were already extremely strong entries for Haken and really set the bar high for this English group. However, Haken manages to soar above the bar with The Mountain. The album has no wasted space, no needless technicality, and no element ever feels out of place. This album is a masterpiece and anyone who claims to be a fan of Progressive rock or metal should give this album a try.
I already preordered this shit. Easily one of the best prog metal tracks I've heard a while. (Note: Do not assume this is Djent. It is NOT. It's like Modern Dream Theater minus everything that makes Dream Theater bad, but times a billion of what makes them good.)
One of the best records that came out recently. Everything from the epic lyrical concept to the vocal harmonies reminescent of Gentle Giant, Haken take you through a musical journey that you won't soon forget. A truly modern classic
Ross Jennings gives what may possibly be the best vocal performance of 2013 on The Mountain, and the other instruments are all exceptionally well-performed as well (some of those guitar solos are insane). There is a lot of fantastic material on this record- too many great parts to count. However, some of the lengthier songs are just too much so, and lose me in the winding structure and arrangements. Furthermore, the uneven atmosphere is a bit distressing. 4.2