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.