First off, let me tell you that I really don’t know for sure where THE TURBULENCE is from. The band’s biography (which is about worthless) says it’s from “the Middle of Nowhere”. Extensive searches on the net also brought up nothing useful (although “Fetish Rock” brings up some interesting things). In a bit of desperation I looked at the band’s guestbook on its website and found nearly every entry to be written in Italian. So, my deduction skills lead me to put Italy as the band’s home country. Now that that’s out of the way…
What THE TURBULENCE presents us with on “Fetish Rock” is what I can best describe as a mix of “Load”-era METALLICA, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and BAD COMPANY.
The album kicks off with “Whisky Marrow”, which sounds like it could have come straight from “Load”, with vocals that could have come from James Hetfield himself. The next two tracks, “Heartbreaking Woman” and “The Pledge”, are more subdued with a kind of Jam Rock mentality. It’s track number four, “A Hundred Years”, that really stands out. As an all out, southern-fried, instrumental jam, the members of THE TURBULENCE really show their musical chops here. And the final two tracks bring back the Rock and the Hetfield-esque vocals.
THE TURBULENCE definitely have the musical ability, which shows throughout “Fetish Rock”. The songs are memorable, if not a bit on the long side. The band could certainly use the direction of good producer, to trim the proverbial fat from the songs and tighten up the sound a bit. But fans of old-school Rock will certainly find something to like here. (Online April 23, 2006)