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Review: Turret - In the Shadows
In the Shadows

Label: Hellfire Records
Year released: 2019
Duration: 35:12
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: October 29, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Turret is an Australian traditional heavy metal band that may or may not have been around at the time of the NWOBHM (Metal-Archives is a bit vague and the band's Facebook page doesn't shed any light). Regardless of their history, the music on their debut album, In the Shadows, sounds like it COULD have been written back in the day. The three musicians comprising Turret create the loose, garage-like sound that dominated the early NWOBHM releases and their songwriting is simple and straightforward heavy metal. The vocals are clean and the singer is energetic but he often drifts away from the right note though he stays in the vicinity, so it isn't too distracting. I couldn't find a song to latch on to as the writing is on the whole a bit generic (the closing instrumental "At Sunset We Mourn" is different, sort of similar to Judas Priest's "Prelude" from Sad Wings of Destiny, but is the least metal song on In the Shadows) but the album is pretty consistent overall. Tokyo Blade and DragonSlayer are the two NWOBHM bands Turret's music reminds me of most. This band is entertaining but there's plenty of room to get better.

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