Taken
Between Two Unseens


4.0
excellent

Review

by HSThomas USER (33 Reviews)
November 12th, 2010 | 60 replies | 9,825 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "I felt my thoughts floating up through my fingertips before I could catch them..."

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

A person has thousands of memories. Memories of the people they've fought, people they've ***ed , places they've been... the list could go on and on. However memories are fragile, precious things, falling through the fingers, leaving only a sense of emptiness and loss for dead images. Many people try to capture memories through art. Such is the case for Taken's final release, Between Two Unseens. It is the band's last attempt to solidify eight years of experience.

The music of Between Two Unseens is eponymous in that its contrasting nature. It is not seen but heard. Taken's song-writing is simplistic, using fast-to-slow, hard-to-soft tempo-shifts to change the mood and the progressive direction of the song. However Taken contrast this with the occasional staggering and distortion of riffs to add texture and rhythm to a song. The core instrumental work predictably follows this pattern of opposites.

The guitar work is a gentle discordance, beautifully hypnotic in its high-low contrast. The melodic intertwining of these guitars provides a rhythmic stream of three to six note, emotionally kinetic riffs. The slight touch of synthesisers upon the edges of the guitar riffs and within the background adds an expansive, lucid feel to the emotions. It is the singular scream and the rhythm section that siphon and channel the desperation and loss into the listener's ears. What the three musicians lack in technical ability, they make up with in hard-hitting, emotional poignancy. A single rumble of the bass or a solitary drum rhythm connect and ground the emotions in periods of brooding thought, moments that contrast with the more frenetic sections. This constant juxtaposition of opposing elements creates a very personal power to the music. The sadness and pain of the band is believable. They've been there, done that and they have the deep scars to prove it.

Consequently Between Two Unseens feels like music played from a stream of consciousness but the thoughts feel fractured at times. Taken have tried to connect all the songs together but the transitions between songs are sometimes too weak with only a single note or drumbeat connecting them. The emotional charge of the album is diminished at points because of these weak transitions and consequently the musical unity of the whole EP is hurt by it. In addition Taken's over-reliance upon the faster tempos and the occasional over-repetition of the higher-pitched guitar riffs can become tiresome, damaging the fluidity of the album even further. However the slower and quieter moments are made that much more potent because of it. Such is the paradox of Between Two Unseens though.

It's funny to think that Taken's last effort was a musical conflict but unlike many bands, this wasn't an expression of the group's last big “*** you”s to each other. It is an ocean of memories, some sad, some sombre, some bitter, some beautiful. This EP isn't perfect but then neither was their music or their lives. It is not groundbreaking but it is an expression of who Taken were and why they existed and that can be just as powerful as any masterpiece.



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ConsiderPhlebas
November 12th 2010



6157 Comments


Great review, man. I love this bit:


The guitar work is a gentle discordance, beautifully hypnotic in its high-low contrast. The melodic intertwining of these guitars provides a rhythmic stream of three to six note, emotionally kinetic riffs. The slight touch of synthesisers upon the edges of the guitar riffs and within the background adds an expansive, lucid feel to the emotions.



And the music is so, so good.

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 12th 2010



20656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I remember this being really good

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
November 12th 2010



17200 Comments


review naiad

ConsiderPhlebas
November 12th 2010



6157 Comments


Solid 4 for me. Looking forward to the Naiad review!

Captain North
November 12th 2010



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

By 'fans of Hopesfall' do you mean fans of The Satellite Years?

Captain North
November 12th 2010



6779 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sweet, will definitely check it out then. =)

ZippaThaRippa
November 13th 2010



2415 Comments


Yeah this is pretty nuts

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sounds awesome. Checking out now.

awhiteguy
November 15th 2010



1476 Comments


It's worth it, Accomplice.

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Judging from the songs on their myspace, this is fucking sick.

awhiteguy
November 15th 2010



1476 Comments


I got to see these guys open up for Shai Hulud back home. Epic.

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aww, lucky! I saw a bunch of crappy deathcore bands yesterday, does that count for anything?

witchxrapist
November 15th 2010



10936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This EP is seriously mindblowing.

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awhiteguy
November 15th 2010



1476 Comments


"Aww, lucky! I saw a bunch of crappy deathcore bands yesterday, does that count for anything?"

Did you stay for the whole show? If so, that's pretty admirable.

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, no I did not. I skipped out on Within the Ruins and Arsonists Get All the Girls. I really only wanted to see Structures, who weren't that good. Ion Dissonance was supposed to play, but they dropped

awhiteguy
November 15th 2010



1476 Comments


I wouldn't mind seeing Ion Dissonance again, but I don't knw if I could take bearing sets from the others.

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It was pretty awful. There were a ton of opening bands that just played awful breakdown laden deathcore and then one other band that sounded like fordirelifesake and the blood brothers. So, all in all, $14 not very well spent.

awhiteguy
November 15th 2010



1476 Comments


Yeah, I went to see a local band a while back that I really liked and ended up standing there through 4 breakdown-centric deathcore acts. I almost shot myself.

accompliceofmydeath
November 15th 2010



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't really go to deathcore shows all that much, but I was surprised to see it was filled more with nu metal kids rather than scene kids or flat bill and mosh shorts kids.

witchxrapist
November 15th 2010



10936 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

they're more like wannabe tuffguy hardcore kids, nu metal kids these days are all like black trip pants and slipknot shirts and really bad beards

I skipped out on Within the Ruins

whyyyy? band is nuts



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