Taake
Taake


3.5
great

Review

by jk2two USER (15 Reviews)
February 8th, 2010 | 40 replies | 9,862 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Initially quite a shocking departure from his earlier work, this album will grow on you if you let it.

Before even playing the new, self-titled, Taake album one will notice a difference: song titles! After Hoest's first three unnamed song albums, album number four features seven songs with titles. And the differences do not stop there. After sole Taake member, Hoest opens the album with his familiar Norwegian tongued rasp, several changes become apparent: the guitars are fuzzier, the arrangements and time signatures are simplified, and the production has been muddied up.

Those hoping for a continuation of Taake's near-flawless Hordalands Doedskvad will be rather disappointed as Hoest has chosen a much different approach on Taake. After a raging 2 minutes of classic Norwegian Black Metal fury, opening track "Atternatt" slows down to a plodding 6/8 ebb that continues for the rest of the track's near 7-minute duration. This sets a trend for most of the album - long slow passages interspersed with moments of punk-tinged black metal rage.

Taake definitely sounds more crust punk inspired than ever before, bringing to mind Hoest's buddies in Carpathian Forest's work. Though the progressive moments are still there, they are much fewer. Hoest is still obviously influenced by Enslaved as well, but the influence is now more Eld-era Enslaved rather than the more recent works.

Taake's fourth effort is a slow burn and far from the instant gratification of his previous two albums. That being said, after multiple listens and a moment to overcome the shift in direction, this self-titled effort is really quite enjoyable. The opening 2 and a half minutes of "Umenneske" are probably the strongest of the entire album calling to mind classic-era Taake with a crust punk twist before settling into an extended ambient black metal passage that erupts into a fist banging riff of epic proportions. The closing moments of "Motpol" showcase tender and sorrowful chords with a rather straightforward yet painfully melancholic lead break. And the album's strongest overall track, "September Omsider," easies into a slow 6/8 sludge that gives way to an undeniably infectious rock-and-roll groove at 3:50 into the song.

Hoest's vocals continue without much change in them - he still sounds like a creepy old man who's been trapped in the basement for years. And as always, the entire album is in Norwegian - making lyric analysis rather challenging. Musically, Hoest continues to impress with his ability to play guitar, bass, and drums. His guitar and bass skills are top notch, and his drumming is adequate, though not exactly stellar. Ultimately, one would not be able to tell Taake is a one man band in the studio.

Taake's Nekro EP was obviously a hint at what Hoest was planning for his fourth release. Though this album does not measure up to the strength of his previous work, it is still a worthy release that fans will accept once they work through the initial shock and disappointment in the change of styles. For those unfamiliar with Taake - if you like your black metal a little slow and a little punky, then this should more than fit the bill.



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010


16372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I was actually looking at this album last night thinking someone should review it.

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TheSpirit
February 8th 2010


17803 Comments


Yeah, this and the first album really need reviews.

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TheSpirit
February 8th 2010


17803 Comments


i love this band so much

SCREAM!
February 8th 2010


10073 Comments


Album and band rule. Nice review

clonegreen
February 8th 2010


16 Comments


Seems like a step down from his previous work but I will give it a shot.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010


16372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

To an extent it is, but that doesn't mean it's bad.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010


18444 Comments


I was literally just thinking about doing a review for the first Taake album. Can't give this rating yet, because it's been sitting in my playlist untouched and overshadowed by everything else. But, hopefully it's comparable to Doedskvad or Bjoergvin, because they were both fucking brilliant.

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TheSpirit
February 8th 2010


17803 Comments


Its way different then their previous three, but Taake just kicks so much ass and Hoest is such a fucking rebel

TheSpirit
February 8th 2010


17803 Comments


Hyperion1001- Their first is definitely up their with Doedskvad and Bjoergvin


Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010


18444 Comments


I agree to an extent, but it doesn't seem as consistent as the other two, and the production annoys me a bit at times. But, Nattestid Ser Porten Vid VII is their best song to date, hands down.

jk2two
February 8th 2010


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Definitely - it was a toss up which one to review for me, but I had a break-thru with this one over the weekend. It really took about 10 times through before I accepted it for the album it is without comparing it to the first 3. and yes... Nattestid #7 is awesome... Also love Hordalands #2... learned that on guitar over the weekend - awesome riffs in that one.

Zoo
February 8th 2010


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, let's not get crazy here. Doedskvad annihilates this in every possible way.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 8th 2010


16372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Agreed

zaruyache
February 8th 2010


6406 Comments


Black'n'Roll ftw.

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TheSpirit
February 8th 2010


17803 Comments


not black'n'roll

jk2two
February 8th 2010


105 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoa, let's not get crazy here. Doedskvad annihilates this in every possible way.
Totally agree, hence the rating. Doedskvad is a 5 for me.

Carnifex
February 9th 2010


1918 Comments


Umenneske has a pretty sick opening riff.

jingledeath
February 9th 2010


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

great band

Wizard
February 9th 2010


19383 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album will grow on you if you let it.

No it won't hahahaha. This was terrible at best and I'm afraid to check out his other stuff because of how BORING and BLAND this was. Really good review though, I just completely disagree. Why the high ratings for this, you guys should know better!

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TheSpirit
February 9th 2010


17803 Comments


Why the high ratings for this, you guys should no better!



I think you should know* better hahaha! But seriosly, this is a lot different than Taakes first three albums. You would definitely enjoy those.




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