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Taker
It Is Finished
April 2014
Released: 2014, Roxx Records
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: Erich

From the time vaults of metal comes this release from Taker, a Virginia based white metal band that was an active and influential part of that late 80s scene despite never being signed to a major label. Roxx Records has carefully compiled as much of the band’s demos and recorded material as could be found, working with former member Robert Bussey. The best recordings were sent for re-mastering and now, twenty-seven years later have been released as a special 14 track anthology with only 300 copies sent out worldwide. Four of the songs have been offered in a different version from their original release, and serve more as bonus tracks.



Considering the time period and that this is mostly self-recorded material, or Indie at best, the album sounds decent. Nevertheless, to ears accustomed to modern, always in tune and loud production, IT IS FINISHED sounds primitive in some places, but never unlistenable. Singer Kevin Potter, quickly displays his formidable range on lead-off signature track “Open Your Heart”, which features a prominent bass thump and music that is a mix of early Queensryche, Shok Paris, and Villain. Another stand-out track, “11 O’Clock News” is an unmistakable product of it times, harnessing vintage U.S. power metal despite a muffled recording. The band’s weapons were guitarist Robert Bussey, who clearly had the chops to have made a go at the big time and front man Potter. Peppered through the anthology are epic solos and solid riffs that point to a potential that was never fully realized, the band breaking up before reaching a mature and fully-realized sound.



Naturally, there are reasons Taker never hit big time early in their career, mainly because while quite decent, the songs are not quite up to the standards of the upper tier bands. However, Roxx Records deserves credit for making available an important historical album in the tale of White Metal. For those that remember the excitement of underground bands and their self-produced albums, complete with the limits of recording technology and budgets, you will find IT IS FINISHED a nostalgic walk down memory lane. Recommended for fans of Villain, Shok Paris, early US Metal and White Metal completeists
Track Listing

1 – Open Your Heart

2 – He Is The Light

3 – Yesterday Today and Forever

4 – 11 O’ Clock News

5 – Living by Faith

6 – Look Into His Eyes

7 – He is the Light

8 – Open Your Heart

9 – Living by Faith

10 – Yesterday, Today and Forever

11 – The Measure

12 – Blood

13 – Over comer’s Anthem

14 – Into The Throneroom

Lineup

Dan Wilkinson- Bass
Charlie Osterhoudt - Drums
Robert Bussey - Guitar
Kevin Potter - Vocals

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