TAKARA - Eternal Faith
October 7, 2002, 16 years ago
Recording four albums over the course of a decade, Takara haven't meant much to anybody, even in their most fertile territory Japan. This is the second reissue of the band's first album, recorded back in '93 with subsequent Japanese release, with a UDS release through Saraya in '96. The man's main claim to fame is the presence of Jeff Scott Soto (now no longer with the band) on lead vocals, producing and writing. Alas, Eternal Faith is extremely dated, back past '93 to about '86, puffy production and frilly keyboards perfumigating poppy and pedestrian hair metal tracks (the word "heart" is in three of ten titles), slightly redeemed by a moderately Crue-dirty guitar sound. Only occasionally does Soto throw in his patented Euro melodies. Competent, but for committed fans of gooey chewy pop metal only.