Turnstile
Time and Space


4.5
superb

Review

by hung0ver USER (12 Reviews)
February 24th, 2018 | 46 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If feeling is what they want - OH YEAH - then feeling is what they get.

Turnstile are the talk of the town when it comes to Hardcore punk at the moment. With ties to genre heavyweights Trapped Under Ice, being both Brendan Yates' side project, as well as being former label mates on the independent outfit Pop Wig, the band certainly has the pedigree to be producing some of the genre's best work. This most recent project, Time and Space, their first for Roadrunner Records, sees the Maryland band build on their trademark 90s throwback Hardcore sound, developing the stripped back machismo of earlier work to add complexity, variety, melody and experimentation. Often described as the bastard child of Rage Against the Machine's raspy vocal attack and infectious grooves, with an instrumental approach more akin to titans of yesteryear, Snapcase, Turnstile have learnt to bend the boundaries of Hardcore, producing one of the most distinct and unique punk albums of recent years.

For those fearing such experimentation and diversity might have tainted Turnstile's very much moshable sound, fear not: this album packs it's fair share of meaty punches. From the frenetic outburst of rage on 'Big Smile', to the brooding, building stomp of 'I Don't Wanna Be Blind' that screams of a more developed version of 'Out of Rage' from their previous record, there are plenty of adrenaline-pumping moments dotted across this tracklisting. One thing to note, especially about the latter of those two tracks, is the presence of melody across this LP. Songs such as 'Moon', featuring Sheer Mag's Tina Halliday providing backing for Franz Lyon's buttery smooth vocal melodies really showcase Turnstile's ability to not only turn a venue into a writhing mass of aggression, but craft a catchy hook and hold up a tune. These harmonic interludes in the album's frankly rampant tracklisting really make this record stand out; from the brooding introduction to 'I Don't Wanna Be Blind' to the tension and melodic inclination on 'Can't Get Away', the variety present here that sticks within Turnstile's groovy trademark sound is simply excellent, never letting an idea get too tired before it receives some form of variation or reinvention.

The latter half of the album continues the strengths of the opening; the combination of 'Come Back for More' and 'Harder on You' from their previous Move Thru Me EP provides a riotous d-beat flurry of energy before dropping back into a swaggering final passage, really maintaining the energy and progression of the record. The following track, 'Right to Be', features probably the best riff on the album, backed by a steady drum pattern in a joyously fun combination of stomp and groove. Really, the best way to describe this record is, put simply; fun. It's hard really to articulate it in any other way; from the Angel Du$t-esque title track's bouncy guitar motif, to the riotous guitar solo on 'Generator', bizarrely backed by hand-claps, the band never really seem to be taking themselves too seriously, and that's possibly why this album is so addictively entertaining.

For Turnstile, this is a little bit of a departure. It's less a modern hardcore album, embracing more elements of straight up punk and retro-hardcore, most notably in the use of d-beat drumming on '(Lost Another) Piece of My Mind', or some alt-rock stylings on 'High Pressure' or 'Generator'. It even sees the use of electronics, most notably on the delectably smooth interludes of 'Bomb' and 'Disco', which bizarrely for Turnstile sound almost like distorted elevator music, but somehow perfectly fit the tone of the album; one of a collision of punk fury and more psychedelic, 80s/90s-esque elements. What's remarkable then, is that this departure from their original sound has been carried off with such emphatic success, maintaining heaviness and intensity, whilst honing down previous attempts at incorporating melody to produce a really mature sounding record of a band flying the flag for a more accessible Hardcore sound without sacrificing any of the integrity that got Turnstile where they are now.

Be you a fan of the Nonstop Feeling, Step to Rhythm, or even the Pressure To Succeed eras of Turnstile's back-catalogue, there's something on Time and Space for any Turnstile lover. And even if you've never really gotten on with Hardcore punk, or the genre's completely uncharted territory for you, give this LP a go; fusing so many genres whilst staying true to it's (hard)core, Turnstile have crafted an incredibly strong sophomore record that's instantly accessible and infectiously catchy.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Groundking
February 24th 2018


1100 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The album slaps.



Good review.

botb
February 25th 2018


12916 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is the first Turnstile record I actually like, their other shit was trash

Scoot
February 25th 2018


19272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this goes pretty hard, love the vocals

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nicktheman1
February 26th 2018


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@botb well that's a pretty dumb statement considering there isnt really much change in their style on this record...

gschwen
February 26th 2018


134 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album reminded me of Angel Du$t, but maybe hits a bit harder, less polished. Surprised me how much I liked it. Still going to grow on me a bit, but I intend to give it a few more listens for sure.

DoofusWainwright
February 27th 2018


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Two months of the year gone and this is quite easily AOTY so far. Not a great thing to have to admit but hey, at least we have this.

coldheaven
February 27th 2018


4641 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm quite surprised at how good this is, dangalang

aaronrkc
February 28th 2018


345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Please write more reviews, you are very good at it.

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Evok
March 1st 2018


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sweet review. gettin on this one asap

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Evok
March 2nd 2018


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

AHHH THIS RULES SO HARD

tcat84
March 3rd 2018


1244 Comments


This makes no sense but for some reason parts of this remind me of 311 without the hiphop/rap element

MyShadow
March 3rd 2018


777 Comments


is this better or worse than non stop feeling

Clefairy
March 4th 2018


118 Comments


It's a lot better honestly

TheMrAlexK
March 4th 2018


10924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like this

TheMrAlexK
March 5th 2018


10924 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rating bump up bump

Dolving999
March 6th 2018


1825 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This brings the funsies for days

JS19
March 6th 2018


7117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Cool review man

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Yotimi
March 6th 2018


7479 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agree, very Snapcasey. Pretty cool so far

MyShadow
March 6th 2018


777 Comments


this was crap

his vocals sounds like ass on the singin bits n the best shit bein sung was the sheer mag parts

and i counted like 5 decent riffs on this whole thing

Evok
March 9th 2018


7680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wrong



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