Review: “Break Your Faith” by Turn Cold

The rising tide of Thrash acts for a new generation his once again starting to grow and the Spring of 2020 saw Turn Cold formed in Atlanta Georgia by a group of experienced musicians including guitarist Brett Butler, drummer Matt Karoglou, vocalist Stenvik Mostrom and bassist Twitch who have all been part of Dead Oath and Dropout as well as many others in their time. In fact, the only member of the group not credited with having been in those bands is second guitarist Matt Lyons.

A tale of the good, the bad and the ugly, “Break Your Faith” is a trio of cuts shows Turn Cold has potential while not really doing anything new. That’s not to say it’s not a good time because it is but it doesn’t do anything new or different and could have appeared at any point over the past 40 years without anyone being any the wiser. The reasons for that are pretty simple. The sound that the band has created is essentially unashamed 8o’s Crossover Thrash worship with plethora of whammy bar drop solos, stomping headbang worthy riffs and classic old school dry rasping vocals which take a page from the book of Exodus. The lyrics are as harsh as the vocals, following classic genre themes which we’ve all heard from the original set of post Vietnam era American Thrash acts and there is even time for a dual lead solo straight out of “And Justice For All” era Metallica¬†during the rampage. The problem is that unlike the bands of the Thrash revival like Hazzerd or Havok, this doesn’t have anything new or fresh about it and after a few plays despite the incendiary solos that the first few times around raise the hairs on the back of your neck, to a Thrash veteran it sounds a little stale. There is little doubt that the next chapter of Turn Cold will see them change gear and step it up because this pummelling debut that captures the harsh reality of life in isolation with feeling of alienation and self-reflection has potential [6/10]

Track Listing

  1. Break Your Faith
  2. Delusion Solution
  3. The End of My Rope

Break Your Faith” by Turn Cold is out now and available over at bandcamp

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