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A Dave Mustaine se le ha criticado por muchas cosas: por su temperamento, ego, venenosa lengua y hasta por su tumultuoso pasado o decisions. Pero a la hora de hacer e intepretar música, pocos lo hacen a su nivel.

El sábado en la noche en el Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, el temperamental vocalista, guitarrista y líder de Megadeth dejó clara su importancia y vigencia en la historia del rock pesado –heavy, power, thrash, speed, como se le quiera clasificar- al frente de una nueva encarnación de la banda en un espectáculo de dos horas y 24 temas que marcó el final del Blackmail the Universe Tour y que durante casi un año llevó a la banda a cinco continents.

La encomienda de romper el hielo para la explosiva noche recayó en el grupo local Fast Taker, que durante 30 minutos fue un digno embajador de la escena boricua.

Su intervención consistió de temas incluidos en el compacto homónimo que promocionan, entre los que se destacaron Reaching for Nothing, I Can See, My Nature y Morir en el Asfalto. Curiosamente, este ultimo, el único en castellano de la producción y de la noche, pareció recibir la major reacción del público.
- El Nuevo Día


Puerto Rico's Fast Taker grew from the desire of founding members Gabriel Colón (vocals) and Hector Torres (bass) to enliven the traditional metal scene of their Caribbean island home. Although the band has suffered several lineup changes since first coming together in 2000, Gabriel and Hector weathered the storm and have come away with a strong group of musicians including guitarist Yamil González and drummer José Colón. With a settled roster, Fast Taker entered the studio in 2004 to create their self-titled debut release.
The band's music is, first and foremost, '80s influenced melodic heavy metal played with the flair and emotion of such memorable acts as Metal Church, Sanctuary, and Dio. The opening track, "I Can See", has reached the top of local rock charts and serves as a good choice to get the album started. A wistful lead from González soon gives way to scratchy riffing and José's crashing beats, keeping the song moving at a quick pace throughout. González noodles out a couple of solos during the latter moments of the track, showing off his superb style. Frontman Gabriel has acceptable range for Fast Taker's style of music, though his strength is clearly in his upper range (even belting out some wails that Halford and Dickinson would be proud of). This combination of both wild and precise guitar playing and "true" metal vocals makes the first track a highlight of Fast Taker, and bleeds through the remaining tracks to make most of them a quality listen.

The next track, "Hopeless Addict", is my favorite of the album and introduces a bit of a departure in sound from "I Can See". Gabriel instills a bit of a punkish attitude in his vocal style and remains largely in his lower registry, with only a few shouts spaced here and there. The riffs bite deep on this track, with a ton of weight provided by Hector's four-string. González gets wild again with his solo, and the formula comes together to create a very catchy song. On the subject of catchiness, the majority of the choruses border on having that sing-along quality and so serve very well to draw the listener into the tune. The chorus on "Cry For Peace" takes that trait one step further and is one of the more addictive elements of Fast Taker, remaining in memory well after the music fades.

After running at full steam for three tracks, Fast Taker slows things down with "Broken Dreams". A power ballad in the truest sense of the term, and having very much a Scorpions vibe to it (think "Still Loving You"), the song is the weakest of the 7 tracks. Yes, it does have that lighter-waving appeal to it, with Gabriel reaching deep to deliver a very nice performance, but the song simply fails to stick. The band follows the ballad up with "My Nature", another cut that dips below the standard set by the opening trio. Still, González is in great form here with some tumultuous solos and leads while Gabriel goes back to that slightly punkish style to give the tune a sleazy, hair metal aura.

The final two tracks, "Reaching For Nothing" and "Morir En El Asfalto" (the latter sung entirely in Spanish), introduce yet another aspect of Fast Taker's sound. Hearkening back to the early days of Testament, Metallica, and Exodus, these tracks turn up the thrashiness and cloud the atmosphere with a doomy mood. The epic "Reaching For Nothing" ranks as my second favorite track, combining some great atmospherics, very expressive solos, monstrous riffs and quality vocal hooks. Having slightly stalled midway through the album, the band pulls out the stops and delivers big to wrap up the disc.

With a core sound that is familiar and nostalgic, Fast Taker further injects a few thrashy elements to create an album that has cross-generational appeal. Fans of all the bands I've mentioned in this review will love Fast Taker for its recognizable sound, while those who favor more contemporary power metal will find much to enjoy in the fine guitar work and strong vocals. Aside from a slightly thin production, this album is a fun listen and a quality debut.

- Harvest Moon


A marvellous mini album comes across the ocean from an Caribbean island . FAST TAKER, a quartet which is hailing from Puerto Rico, serves a real solid piece of steel for all the metal gourmets out there. The seven songs on this little plastic disc remind me on long and past times of the 80s with its cult & self financed pressings because this true warriors of steel indeed have a real strong US Metal influence in their sound. The disc starts off with “I Can See”, a real driving, catchy song forged in the typical American style. “Hopeless Addict” also breathes this kind of flair, a real pounding track with a little more commercial touch in the chorus. Some more first class tunes are the mid paced hymn “My Nature” and the Spanish sung track “Morir En El Asfalto” which is a raw, rough and fast banger which finishes the album. Even the ballad “Broken Dreams” is very well done and doesn’t sound cheesy at no time. FAST TAKER have a real expressive singer in Gabriel Colon who has a clear
and agreeable voice which just reaches sometimes higher pitches. Guitarist Yamil Gonzales is a real wizard on his instrument and highlights the compositions with his splendid play. The riffs are out of a piece, the leads are sheer brilliant and sophisticated. Great! The rhythm section delivers a solid and powerful basis for the straight forward material. And also the production can totally convince me. The tunes are clear and powerful and have this certain feeling of the 80s. Followers of traditional steel, especially fans of the 80s US Metal style, should check this one out.

- Laermbelaestigung


Discography

2005 - self title demo Ep

3 tracks had heavy airplay in the most important radio station in P.R.

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Bio

Fast Taker was created with one goal in mind, to bring Heavy Metal to the place it deserves.

Formed in 2003, but after several line-up changes , it wasn’t until 2004 when the dream of the lead vocalist, Gabriel Colón and the bass player Hector Torres started to take form when they hook up with one of the most genius guitar player they’ve have seen (Yamil Gonzáles) and weeks later a very experienced drummer is recruited (José Colón) to complete the line-up.

Their unmatched and sometimes controversial attitude added to their shocking stage performance making this band a true torchbearer in the Heavy Metal scene. While recording their first self titled 7 song EP, Fast Taker have been extremely active playing all around the island and more shows including some festivals are on their way thanks to the fans request.

Not being enough, the band also has taken the radio by storm with not one but two songs getting heavy airplay and even making it to the top 20 in their very first week and top 10 after 3 weeks in the most important rock station in P.R. Their first single “I can see”, has been one of the most requested songs, making them the first local heavy metal band to get such attention in years. In June 2005 Fast Taker released their self titled 7 song EP, which is being distributed by Khaosmaster productions worldwide.

In October 2005, do to their quick success Fast Taker was chosen to be the opening band for heavy metal legends Megadeth. In November 2005 Fast Taker was nominated for best heavy metal band in the second annual IXA awards celebrated in P.R., dedicated to all local entertainment. Concluding a great year for the band in 2005, Fast Taker has started 2006 very strong by playing at the Florida State Fair, the Brass Mug and the Masquerade in Florida and are now in the process of writing new material for their upcoming album and will probably enter studio at the mid 2006, in the process they will keep playing around the island and in the USA, they will seek to release their new album in the beginning of 2007.