Friday, October 21, 2016

Turbo Shokk-Get Radical

Edgewood Arsenal Records
I don't know about anyone else, but sometimes I wonder where we would be at had grunge not come along and killed hair metal? What if instead of album's like "Nevermind" (Nirvana) and "Badmotorfinger" (Soundgarden) being the gloomy voice of a new generation it was G N' R's "Use Your Illusion" I and II? Would that have made the nineties hard rock scene a bit more optimistic? How about all of the years that followed? Could you even imagine a possible timeline where (post-2000) heavy metal wasn't so goddamn serious 24/7? For sure it's a weird thing to wrap your head around, but had such an event taken place I can't help but feel that albums like "Get Radical" would be more the norm and less of an oddity. As usual though I'm getting w-a-y too far ahead of myself so let's hit the rewind button and do a proper introduction. Ladies and gentlemen let's give a big round of applause for heavy metal's new saviors, Turbo Shokk. Under the guise of such aliases as Stack Manley (vox), Razor O’Shea (guitars and bass), and Michael Arcane (drums), Turbo Shokk is a (purposely vague) trio whose rock and roll-infused sound pays homage to the heroes of  hard rock and hair metal. Or at least the one's who ruled the radio back in the late eighties/early nineties. Sent my way by the fine folks at Dewar PR, "Get Radical" is what happens when you give proper studio time to a bunch of fun-loving musicians who just so happen to dig classic bands like Van Halen, Dokken, Guns N' Roses, Bon Jovi, White Lion, Poison, and Great White. Add in some (dynamite!) lead solos from guitar prodigy Hedras Ramos and this album goes from good to great quicker than you can yell "Let's get this party started!". More or less a side-project for it's disguised players, Turbo Shokk doesn't get hung up on politics and they aren't here to preach. When it comes to the aptly-titled "Get Radical" it's all about getting lose and letting go of your inhibitions. If ever there was a time for that kind of message it's right here and right now! Due to drop in early December, "Get Radical" is sure to please it's targeted audience considering just how much damn fun it is! What's it's targeted audience you might be asking?  Well, it's anyone with a pulse that's who!!!

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