Tag Archives: Richard Henshall

Richard Henshall Ventures into More Progressive Territory

Richard Henshall – The Cocoon (The Burning Shed, 2019)

Richard Henshall is one of the best known guitarists in the prog metal field. He is a member of Haken and has also worked with Nov​a Collective and Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress. On The Cocoon, Henshall plays his characteristic guitar and also appears as a lead vocalist.  

Richard Henshall – The Cocoon

The first track takes the listener into prog metal territory, which is not my cup of tea. Thankfully, the intro is short and Henshall’s music gets considerably more interesting, multifaceted and progressive on “Cocoon,” a piece where Henshall constructs a complex musical structure with unexpected tempo changes, progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, modified vocals and excellent guitar soloing. There is some metal riffing, but it’s not overwhelming.

The intricate, masterfully-crafted material continues on “Silken Chains,” where Henshall combines skillful guitar configurations and altered vocals with electronics and creative bass.

On “Limbo,” Henshall adds mesmerizing guitar loops, ambience and transformed vocals along with heavy pounding drums.

The rapping vocals on “Lunar Room” are annoying. This is what is known as the pandering song targeting the hip hop fans.

“Twisted Shadows” is typical prog metal, with heavy metal dominating the entire track. The highlight is Jordan Rudess’ keyboard solo.

The album ends with the climactic “Afterglow.”

Personnel: Richard Henshall on guitars, keyboards and vocals; Conner Green (Haken) on bass; and Matthew Lynch (Cynic and Nova Collective) on drums.

Guests:  Ross Jennings on vocals; Jordan Rudess on keyboards; Ben Levin on vocals; Jessica Kion on vocals; Marco Sfogli on guitar; David Maxim Micic on guitar; Chris Baum n strings; and  Adam Carrillo on saxophone.

Buy The Cocoon

Haken guitarist Richard Henshall Releases “Limbo” Music Video

Virtuoso guitarist guitarist Richard Henshall, well-known for his work as a founding member of prog metal band Haken, as well as Nova Collective, Mike Portnoy’s Shattered Fortress, and as a Strandberg Guitars associate artist, is set to release his debut solo album, ‘The Cocoon’. The album will be available on August 9th, 2019. Henshall has released a new video for the track “Limbo.”

Limbo focuses on the atmospheric side of my sound and draws influence from the likes of Sigur Ros and Volcano Choir,” says Richard Henshall. “The lyrics touch upon the idea of being stuck between two worlds whilst being bound by a fate that you have no control of. Miles Skarin from Crystal Spotlight put together this beautiful video with his own footage of the dramatic, barren landscape of Iceland, which ties in perfectly with soundscapes within the music.”