I’d like to thank Takken’s Phil E. for submitting Takken’s debut CD for review. Takken is not your sister’s hair metal band. Takken is classic, old school metal at it’s finest. All of the songs are fist pumping, head banging, thrashing, guitar driven, well composed, masterpieces of metal. Very aggro yet polished to a razor sharp edge. The dual guitar playing is top notch and the solos are fast and screaming. The vocals are soaring and operatic in style. Obvious comparisons can be made to Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Accept.
Any fan of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal will love this CD. For those of you reading this article who don’t know what the N.W.O.B.H.M. is look it up on the internet. After the major record companies found out this kind of music was selling in the early 80’s they dressed up 90% of the new metal bands coming out of Los Angeles California in pretty makeup and bright, flashy clothes to raise the appeal of metal music in an attempt to reach a wider audience. This eventually led to a decline for some of the original bands who were involved in the first wave of metal. But the new wave of hard, rocking music proved to be strong and many of the bands made a long lasting impression on music fans. Many of the hardcore fans (like me) still support old school Heavy Metal. Some of my favorite bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Saxon continue to release new music to this day. Takken is poised and ready to carry the torch for Metal and their self titled CD release proves this in spades.
The lineup on Takken’s debut CD is Phil Ewing on Lead and Rhythm Guitars and he covered the low frequencies on this CD playing Electric Bass Guitar as well. Rick Scott handles the Vocal duties and he is from Kentucky. Doug Collins plays the Drums on this CD and he is from Kentucky as well. Phil Buchanan who is also from Kentucky contributes Lead Guitars on the song Angels and Demons. The current lineup includes Russ Vesci (from Bone Deep) on Guitar, Gary Biondo (2 Minutes To Maiden) on Drums and Brett Smith on Bass. The new lineup is slated to return to the stage in December 2010. Takken can be found on Facebook, Reverbnation and Myspace.
Blast It kicks off this CD. An Air Raid Siren brings this song in. The guitar intro is lightning quick, the double bass drum playing is pounding and relentless. The overall sound and feel of Blast It reminded me of the song Painkiller by Judas Priest. The operatic, vibrato vocals sound like a combination of Rob Halford and Udo Dirkschneider from Accept. An Explosion takes this song out, Cool!
The Second Song, The Menace, starts off with some speedy, aggressively fast guitar playing and features some awesome, triple harmonic, lead guitar playing. The later lead breaks in the song remind me of KK Downing and Glenn Tipton. The vocals are overdubbed in the Judas Priest, Rob Halford style, by this I mean some of the background, harmony vocals are mixed lower so you can barely hear them but they are still audible. I must say that I have always enjoyed all of the past and present Judas Priest material so I definitely am taken by Takken.
Creeper features a rather spooky, grinding mid-tempo guitar riff. The sound and vocal feel is evil and menacing. The lyrics sound like a warning to beware, the Creeper may be sneaking up on you to do you harm.
The fifth song, My Metal Breakdown, has a cool sounding intro. It reminded me of the song Invader from Judas Priest. The main guitar riff is solid, steady and bone crushing.
Pulverizor features a King Diamond reverbed out vocal scream. This song showcases the operatic, aggressive and soaring vocals of Rick Scott. This song is my favorite on the CD. The guitar sounds on this track vary from notey rhythmic bounces to sustaining chords and whammy bar tinged soloing.
Angels & Demons has a great lyric line, Black is to White What Day is to Night, very cool line.
I highly recommend this CD to any metalheads out there who are looking for a new band to get into. If you are tired of listening to your old metal CD’s and you would like to get a new metal fix then Takken is the band for you. Once you get a taste of Takken I’m sure that they will become one of your listening pleasures. Takken is on Myspace: www.myspace.com/takkenmetal1 . Takken can also be found on Reverbnation and Facebook www.facebook.com/pages/Takken/283911062554 . Keep The Faith!