Ah! A new Turbo A.C.’s album! Time to put it to the test! You see, I drive a 1973 Chevy Nova and usually the best way to test out a new punk or hard rock album is to drive down PCH (Pacific Coast Highway) with the windows down and the tunes cranking. If I tend to speed, as in the case of Motorhead’s Overkill, it gets a passing grade. If it doesn’t inspire me to put the pedal to the metal, it fails.
Kill Everyone starts with high potential, especially with the opening track “Feed You To The Sharks.” Kevin Cole’s vocals are super raspy and unique, and they really work well with the music, much like how awesome Tim Armstrong sounds with Rancid. As the album progressed I noticed that I wasn’t really cranking out the RPMs on the Nova, but I continued to enjoy this album. Tracks like “Ancient Chinese Secret” really blasts out that fast-paced punk sound, and “Forget Everything” has a definite Ramones feel to it. Another nice thing about Kill Everyone is how Tim Lozada’s bass guitar seems to drive quite a few of the songs like “Shut Up Pills,” “Live Fast Die Slow,” and “Into The Vortex,” Okay, so technically the it failed the Nova test, but this album does pass the test for being a really good punk rock album as a whole. It’s not a non-stop fast paced album but it has its moments. Quite an enjoyable listen.
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