Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment – 78%

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Not Post-rock. I’ve been a fan of Turbonegro for a little while now and was surprised to see this release come out given that they hadn’t done anything in 5 years album wise. Before going any further, I’m going to point out that this band is NOT racist. The band name stands for “Fast and Black” which is a great way to describe their music, as it tends to be a bit dark, especially the earlier stuff. I’m a big fan of pretty much everything they released from the 10 year span of 1996 – 2006 when they really peaked. A hard rock band from Oslo, Norway, Turbonegro apparently recently parted ways with their longtime vocalist Hank who at times let the band suffer with his rampant drug use and partying lifestyle. Losing a vocalist is tough for any band, but Hank’s vocals were an integral part of Turbonegro’s sound. The new singer just doesn’t cut it for me.

Aside from the dramatic change at the front of the band, this is still much the same band I’ve come to love. You can’t take them seriously at all with song titles such as “Shake Your Shit Machine”. The guitar work is still a great combination of decent solos and fast punk-inspired power chords. If you mixed the best punk bands of the late 70’s – early 80’s i.e. Black Flag, The Ramones, The Stooges and combine them with 80’s hair and heavy metal bands that never took themselves you’d have the essence of Turbonegro.

Turbonegro is a niche band that isn’t for everyone. If you enjoy the lighter side of rock & roll and want something fresh to smirk at or occasionally make your friends laugh, you’ll love Turbonegro. If you’re looking for groundbreaking or technically sound, this album will do nothing for you. It’s not perfect and it wasn’t made to be. Grading an album like this is tricky because while it’s a solid album by Turbonegro standards, but being that it’s just over a half hour long and having to compare it with other bands, the best I can do is 78%. 7-19-12
Band website: http://www.turbonegro.com