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Review: Turbo - Identity

Label: Metal Mind Productions
Year released: 2004
Duration: 57:07
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: January 6, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

From the little I know about Poland's Turbo, they've been alternating styles for several years, mostly between thrash and heavy metal. "Identity" is of the latter variety, with a sound that mixes late 70s-early 80s metal with the more commercial output of the mid to late 80s. The singer has a style that reminds me of many NWOBHM acts of the late 70s, while at times he goes into the cleaner style that was more common later in the 80s, or even in the past few years, for that matter. The metal here reminds me strongly of early Maiden - fast and abrasive, and sometimes incorporating more melodic elements. Riffs and solos are a dime a dozen here, only interrupted by some cheesy (and sometimes awfully annoying) choruses that brings the metalness down a few notches. Some songs drag on for too long - I don't know if they were aiming for epic cuts, but making a song twice as long as it should be does not make it an epic: It makes it a pain to listen to. The end result would be better if they had shaved 10-15 minutes off the total duration of the album (and believe me, it wouldn't be hard to cut into the fat to achieve that result.)

Despite some overly cheesy moments and the occasional painfully long songs, this is a fun album to listen to, mostly filled with old school heavy metal - one can probably extract a good half hour of very good songs from this, with the rest ranging from good to mediocre. The late 70s/early 80s-style material here more than makes up for the crappier moments. Not essential, not original, but worth checking out if you can find it cheap somewhere.

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