Poland’s classic heavy metal and hard rock veterans Turbo have been cranking out heavy music since their inception in 1980. These guys have been together as a band for 34 years now, which is quite a feat and something very admirable.
“The Fifth Element” is Turbo’s 16th release, and my first time hearing their music, as I’d not heard of these guys until now. All 12 of their songs are heavily influenced by the likes of Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Krokus, Keel and other heavy metal outfits from that time period: the early eighties, basically.
They’ve one track on hear, which is in the true spirit of a proper heavy metal song, but the vocals kill it for me as it is a total rip-off of Halford’s screaming style found on the song “Painkiller” among other countless Judas Priest classics. The song I am referring to is called: “This War Machine”, which features influences from heavy rock music to classic heavy metal, with its thunderous guitar rhythms and twin aural guitar attack harmonies.
Musically, I was not all that impressed either, as it comes across sounding like old-rehashed Iron Maiden meets Priest and Krokus. These guys know how to play their instruments and are very proficient at them, just the creative aspect falls flat on its face. If it were 1984/1985, these guys would’ve set the heavy metal world and heavy metal radio stations ablaze with massive airplay.
Turbo know what it is all about when it comes to heavy metal songs and music, just do not take any chances of doing something interesting with yesterday’s and today’s heavy metal influences. Not my cup of coffee, though you might be blown away by it. [Metal Mind] Sarjoo Devani