There was a time when hardcore bands never even considered straying far from their preferred style. But by the early 21st century, there were all sorts of established hardcore subgenres, as hardcore-based groups let other styles seep into their sound, such as the Orange County quintet Taken. More and more hardcore bands are embracing prog metal nowadays, and quite a few tricky bits can be found within Taken's 2005 effort, Between Two Unseens. Although their hometown is best known for spawning a multitude of punk bands, Taken have little in common with those acts, as evidenced by the lion roar vocals of Ray Harkins, and the chameleon-like guitar playing of Chad Tafolla and Erik Bensberg (who go from muscular riffing to echoey single-note lines in the blink of an eye). If you were to compare just the first two tracks alone, the raging "Arrested Impulse" and the more melodic "The Duke," you could possibly be fooled into believing that you were listening to two different bands. Unlike what you see on MTV and hear on the radio, there are indeed rock bands out there that refuse to be pigeonholed solely to one style. And with Between Two Unseens, Taken are certainly one of those bands.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato