Symphony X Announce 25th Anniversary North American Tour With Haken & Trope

Symphony X will be celebrating their 25th anniversary on a North American tour next year. The band will also be joined by Haken and Trope on this run.

Tour Dates:

05/10 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/11 Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
05/12 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
05/13 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell
05/14 Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
05/15 Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
05/17 Cleveland, OH – Agora Theatre
05/18 Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
05/19 Chicago, IL – Park West
05/20 St Louis, MO – Red Flag
05/21 Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
05/23 Denver, CO – The Oriental Theater
05/24 Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
05/26 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
05/27 Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
05/28 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
05/29 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
05/31 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
06/01 Los Angeles, CA – The Belasco Theater
06/02 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
06/04 Austin, TX – Empire Garage
06/05 Dallas, TX – Amplified Live
06/07 Atlanta, GA – Heaven at the Masquerade
06/08 Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live
06/10 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
06/11 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
06/12 Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater

Haken Premiere “Invasion” Video

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “Invasion.” This track is from the band’s new album “Virus,” which is now set to be released on June 19. The group said the following:

“Lyrically, ‘Invasion‘ deals with themes including but not limited to anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies. We thought that the discussion of a ‘virus of the mind’ tied in well to the psychological themes touched upon in the sister record ‘Vector‘ and lent itself to the character development of Virus‘s manic protagonist.”

Haken Premiere Animated Video For New Song “Canary Yellow”

Haken have premiered an animated video for their new song “Canary Yellow.” This track is from the band’s new album “Virus,” which will be released on June 5.

The group commented:

“For ‘Canary Yellow’, we went in a more alternative direction, since we’re all big fans of bands like Radiohead, Elbow and Peter Gabriel. Those are artists who can portray quite dark subject matter through really beautiful music. Since the ‘Virus’ album is intended to be a metaphor for various negative tropes of society, we wanted to explore this idea in a variety of ways. ‘Canary Yellow’ deals with the suppression of physical and mentally abusive relationships; something that can often remain hidden behind a seemingly happy facade.

We once again returned to longtime visual collaborators Crystal Spotlight for this ambitious animation and we’re absolutely thrilled with how well the visuals complement and enhance the atmosphere of the song. The video shows a seemingly idyllic family environment, but with a sense of sadness beneath the surface and absolute devastation looming on the horizon. They go about their day oblivious to the fact that they are mannequins living in a 1950s-style ‘Doom Town’ experiment.”

The band will also be going in-depth on how “Canary Yellow” was written and produced during a livestream on Twitch on May 8 at 6 p.m. U.K. time.

Haken Premiere “Prosthetic” Music Video, Reveal Details For New Album “Virus”

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “Prosthetic.” This track is from the band’s new album “Virus,” which will be released on June 5.

The group commented:

“‘Prosthetic‘ was the first song we completed during the ‘Virus‘ writing sessions and we always felt it would be the perfect opener for the album. It’s a very guitar heavy track with its roots in 80s thrash riffing, but with the unconventional rhythmic twists and turns we often like to explore in Haken. We sadly never had a Jeff Hanneman and Robert Fripp collaboration, but this song at least draws on inspiration from them both!

Lyrically the song is a bridge between our two albums ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘. The message was brilliantly brought to life by video director Vicente Cordero, who also beautifully captured the live energy of the band in a way that both enhances the song, and perfectly sets the scene for what’s to come.”

Drummer Ray Hearne added:

“Since releasing ‘The Mountain‘ in 2013, one question has been asked of us time and time again, ‘who is the Cockroach King?’. This is something we were interested in exploring more deeply too, so we essentially did that through our music; elaborating and expanding upon the intervallic, harmonic, rhythmic and lyrical themes of that song. The end result is in an arc which spans across two albums: ‘Vector‘ and ‘Virus‘.”

“Virus” Track Listing:

01. “Prosthetic”
02. “Invasion”
03. “Carousel”
04. “The Strain”
05. “Canary Yellow”
06. “Messiah Complex I: Ivory Tower”
07. “Messiah Complex II: A Glutton For Punishment”
08. “Messiah Complex III: Marigold”
09. “Messiah Complex IV: The Sect”
10. “Messiah Complex V: Ectobius Rex”
11. “Only Stars”

Haken Announce Special “Affinity” & “Aquarius” U.S. Dates

Haken have booked some headlining shows around their upcoming tour with Devin Townsend and The Contortionist. These concerts will see the band performing “Affinity” in full and celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Aquarius.” Here’s the dates:

03/04 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/08 Jefferson, LA – Southport Hall
03/17 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theatre
03/18 St. Louis, MO – Red Flag
03/27 Miami, FL – Cruise To The Edge

Haken Added To Devin Townsend’s European/UK Tour

Haken have been added to Devin Townsend’s European/UK tour. You can find the dates for that run below. Townsend will be touring in support of his new album “Empath” (out on March 29).

Tour Dates:

11/15 Paris, FRA – Salle Pleyel
11/16 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
11/17 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/18 Hamburg, GER – Gruenspan
11/20 Turku, FIN – Logomo (no Haken)
11/21 Helsinki, FIN – Cirkus (no Haken)
11/23 Stockholm, SWE – Munchenbryggeriet
11/24 Oslo, NOR – Sentrum Scene
11/25 Copenhagen, DEN – Amager Bio
11/27 Berlin, GER – Astra
11/28 Prague, CZE – Roxy
11/29 Wroclaw, POL – A2
11/30 Budapest, HUN – Barba Negra
12/02 Vienna, AUT – Simm City
12/03 Zurich, SWI – X-Tra
12/05 Cardiff, UK – Great Hall
12/06 Dublin, IRE – Academy
12/07 Belfast, IRE – Academy
12/09 Glasgow, UK – SWG3 Galvanisers
12/10 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
12/12 London, UK – Roundhouse
12/13 Nottingham, UK – Rock City

Haken To Release New Live EP In December

Haken will be releasing a new live EP titled “L+1VE” on December 7. The effort will feature four live songs from their 2016 set at the ProgPower USA festival in Atlanta, GA. Those were originally only available as bonus tracks on their “L+1VE” DVD. Pre-orders can be found HERE.

The group commented:

“Although festival performances and band changeovers can be a logistical nightmare, this one turned out to be a very special show for us on our first extensive US tour. Despite battling with some technical issues, the show went on, so to speak, and here we have handpicked our favorite 4 tracks from that performance.

A proverbial cherry on top was getting Mike Portnoy to agree to come on stage and re-enact his cameo appearance on ‘Crystallised‘ with his signature gong!”

Track Listing:

01. “Falling Back To Earth”
02. “Pareidolia”
03. “Earthrise”
04. “Crystallised”

Haken Premiere “A Cell Divides” Music Video

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “A Cell Divides.” This track is from the band’s new album “Vector,“ which will be released on October 26. Ray Hearne commented:

“Spawned from some hotel room writing sessions last year, Vector’s album closer was a fresh approach to concise song writing, for which we are not typically known. While the lyrics in A Cell Divides unlock more clues to the narrative of Vector, the video, filmed mostly in slow motion, contradicts the frantic pace of the song and delves into the beauty of flawed and warped imagery.”

Haken Premiere “Puzzle Box” Music Video

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “Puzzle Box.” This track is from the band’s new album “Vector,“ which will be released on October 26. With this news, the group have also launched a contest to give fans a chance to win the puzzle box from the clip. Guitarist Richard Henshall commented:

“‘Puzzle Box’ was born from some of the jam sessions we had early on in the writing process. The music has a raw and slightly psychotic nature to it that is brilliantly complimented in Crystal Spotlight’s video. To achieve favorable consequences we suggest taking this dose of Vector at regular intervals throughout the day.”

Haken Premiere “The Good Doctor” Music Video

Haken have premiered a new video for their new song “The Good Doctor.” This track is from the band’s new album “Vector,“ which will be released on October 26. The group commented:

“Finally, the prescription you’ve all been waiting for… This dose of Haken is the result of one of the earliest tests we conducted during the ‘Vector‘ experimental process. Best taken aurally three times a day before meals. ‘The Good Doctor‘ will see you now!”