Boden NX 8
Richard Henshall Edition
Hailing from London, England, Haken is one of the most original and musically eclectic bands in the diverse prog-metal scene today. Founding member Richard Henshall is the driving force of Haken as the main instrumentalist and composer and a guitar virtuoso of the highest order. Mixing the expected elements of modern extreme metal with traditional progressive rock, Richard Henshall takes the prog-metal genre in new directions by fusing influences of jazz, fusion, hooky electronic pop, new wave, and anthemic rock-and-roll to constantly break new musical ground and define Haken’s unique sound signature.
Influenced and inspired by such diverse artists, bands, and composers as Dream Theater, Allan Holdsworth, JS Bach, Debussy, Pink Floyd, Wes Montgomery, Aphex Twin, Prince, the Beatles, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Le La Soul, Jeff Beck, and Bob Dylan to name just a few, Richard puts out accordingly with a kaleidoscopic synthesis of sounds, styles, and techniques. Formed in 2004, Haken has released six studio albums that cover a gamut of these influences while continuing to develop and refine their own sonic and stylistic signature and exploring new musical territories. Winners of multiple awards in the prog community, Haken and Richard Henshall have attracted a strong following around the world. Richard’s 2019 solo album ‘The Cocoon’ has been described as “a complete creative exploration that defines the musical and creative ability of one of the most talented composers and musicians in progressive music today.”