Benjamin van Geest
The Cocoon is a serious contender for 'album of the year' for me personally. Richard obviously is the main driving force behind the great Haken judging from the perfect songs on The Cocoon, but there's so much more on this album - brutal, heavy riffs, atmospheric, ambient landscapes but also jazzy/fusion-esque portions always with a great sense of melody in every single song. Simply a perfect album from start to finish!
Favorite track: Cocoon.