Black Sabbath, System of a Down, Mastodon, Faith No More. The list of influences on this Bristol chaos-rock trio reads a bit like the inventory of a T-shirt stall on Camden Market. However, there is no whiff of terrible skunk about their debut album. In fact, it’s a great deal more fun than a wander down Camden High Street. Granted, that isn’t difficult, but a band throwing together sludge riffs, synth licks, disco rhythms and screechy, pressed vocals should be a great more irritating than Turbowolf turn out to be. Actually, the vocals are pretty irritating and let otherwise perfectly good, solid rockers like ‘The Big Cut’ down unnecessarily. Elsewhere, there are some instrumental feedback drone interludes to break up the relentless thump of the drums, but Turbowolf are best when combining punk rock tempo with a pop hook, exemplified by the very good ‘Seven Severed Heads’.

By Matthias Scherer

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