Aquarius is the debut album from UK progressive metal/progressive rock band Haken, following a 2008 demo from which no songs appear on this album. It is a concept album, but not one which must always be taken as a single listen, each of the seven songs may be listened individually and still be masterful.
Musically Haken drift between being rooted in progressive rock and metal, and are unafraid to shift in other influences whenever they feel like it. I’ve found sections of Aquarius that come across as jazzy, symphonic, funky and there’s some real classic rock type moments. Of course, being progressive music the songs of Aquarius are typically long, with times ranging from 6:42 to 16:56, so it’s not an album to take on lightly, it still requires a dedicated listener, but may appeal to people who like this sort of music but generally steer clear of concept albums.