Turbowolf
Two Hands


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
April 10th, 2015 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Whatever drugs these guys are on, they're on the right path.

Turbowolf are undoubtedly one of 2010s most interesting emerging acts. Their crazy mix of punk, heavy metal and stoner rock with touches of neo-psychedelia, found on the excellent self-titled debut, helped them break into the British underground scene and subsequently all over Europe. Relentless touring and most probably the fear of avoiding a sophomore slump have constantly delayed the release of a sequel. Four years later, after steadily unveiling a number of singles, Two Hands finally sees the light of day. Nevertheless, it was worth the wait, as this effort is just as essential as its predecessor.

It's a blessing Two Hands doesn't stray from their path, since it showcases a strong collection of diverse tunes. Most of the cuts focus on fuzzy grooves and catchy vocals, but for the most part, maintain that unpredictability Turbowolf are known for. 'Invisible Hand' starts with a thrilling acoustic strum before bursting into a nice, frantic piece. This transition alone feels like a punch in the face, whereas the song itself pummels for two minutes straight. Also, main highlight, 'Solid Gold' jumps from heavy riffs with infectious choruses to melodic verses, while the main rhythm shares some creepy sound scapes. On 'Rich Gift' poignant synths join the manic riffs on several build-ups, before settling to a spastic drum pattern and chaotic guitar leads. The song constantly shifts gears until restarting midway as a punk ditty with an epic, keyboard-led finale. On paper it doesn't make much sense, but these guys found a successful way to present them all together.

Even the more straightforward material features some really cool, rock'n'roll grooves, heard best on the two singles, 'Nine Lives' and 'Rabbit's Foot'. Chris Georgiadis employs his voice and keyboard skills to great use with the help of his band mates, who provide some funky background vocals to these downright danceable tracks. His quirky persona, ripped right out of the prog 70s, is in stark contrast with the rest of the band, who share a punk attitude. However, this is one of the main reasons these guys stand out and present such eclectic tunes. The hazier closer, 'Pale Horse', with his mid-tempo riffs is another interesting song. Dissonant solos and gang vocals soar over the rather mourning guitars, offering yet another shade of Turbowolf.

In the end, once you have the patience, it doesn't take much time to sink into the band's universe. Two Hands is a bit less chaotic and more carefully produced than the self-titled album, but offers the same amount of fun. Whatever drugs these guys are on, they're on the right path.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2015


6168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't plan on reviewing this, but it's so good! Sorry if there are mistakes, I had little time to complete this review. This is a must listen!



Solid Gold - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC-TAZrhYFo

Nine Lives - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydpQLUoL9Tw

Rabbit's Foot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY7zqDemqZo

Rich Gift - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qicmU2KN3wY



The entire album - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdHYzdEw18Q

ti0n
April 10th 2015


1769 Comments


saw them live as a preband for death from above. was quite meh actually

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 10th 2015


6168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm that's weird, they seemed to be an awesome live band with all that energy. Nevertheless, you should give this a try!

emester
April 10th 2015


8271 Comments


thought their S/T was great. Gotta check this out

Detritivore
April 10th 2015


322 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A couple spins more...Sound amazing dude

stuck_in_decades
April 10th 2015


814 Comments


I like the selftitled a bit more after the first listen, but I'm going to listen to this a couple more times over the weekend.

linguist2011
April 10th 2015


2656 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, heard a bit of hype surrounding this band just lately, I even heard that they're supposed to be an awesome live act. I should check this new album out. Also, great review man.

Sabrutin
April 10th 2015


9628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I need to check this out.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 10th 2015


70239 Comments


will check hard

RVAHC13
April 10th 2015


837 Comments


This was good but I think their s/t was better tbh

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 11th 2015


70239 Comments


Turbowolf are undoubtedly one of 2010s most interesting emerging acts. Their crazy mix of punk, heavy metal and stoner rock with touches of neo-psychedelia,


as much as i want to check this out i am almost assure you that this isn't true without even hearing this just based off your genre tags alone. these are hardly genres that havent been mixed together thousands of times before. i mean we got experimental avant-garde free jazz throat singing coming out and this is the most interesting music of the 2010's? i think not

emester
April 11th 2015


8271 Comments


Yeah so I checked this out and I gotta say Im really disappointed with the final product here. Really is a shame since I enjoyed their debut quite a bit

zaruyache
April 11th 2015


27331 Comments


that artwork looks like a hallucination of Hey Arnold from a bad trip.

TheBarber
April 11th 2015


4130 Comments


S/T is mad amazing but from the singles I heard this looks like it really pales in comparison with a lot of the personality and energy choked out by attempt at catchiness

nylertickel2
April 11th 2015


262 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This riffed hard from what I heard. Have to check this out

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 11th 2015


6168 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Pots - It's interesting because the overall result is quite different from the usual stuff you hear in these spheres, not because they are the first band to actually mix these genres. There are many failed attempts and these guys are doing it right in my opinion.



Of course if you want avantgarde shit you can search it elsewhere. Not everybody is into such abstract stuff. I'm not into experimental free jazz fusion throat singing, I look for groovy stuff and Turbowolf sound really good.

Lord(e)Po)))ts
April 11th 2015


70239 Comments


whether you are into it or not its still more interesting than a mix of genres thats been done before 3000 times is the point

regardless ill see for myself soon enough

Dunpeal
April 11th 2015


4449 Comments


this is an enjoyable album. nothing more. nothing less

StrangerofSorts
Emeritus
April 12th 2015


2904 Comments


ah cool, local boys! I think their music's pretty lame but they're nice enough.

If there are any Bristol-based Sputnik contribs/users who want to interview them, they're playing The Marble Factory on the 22nd so I can probably sort. (:

NonApplicable
April 12th 2015


3017 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

These guys had a unpolished and rough element on their debut that's sorely missed here.



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