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03. Fazed Out
04. Can’t Deny It
05. Bleach Temple
06. Bad Wave
07. Blue By You
08. Out Of Rage
09. Bring It Back
11. Love Lasso
The one thing that is most readily apparent to when listening to Turnstile's debut full length, Nonstop Feeling is that this is a band that is truly open and enthusiastic about experimenting with different musical styles and exploring far-ranging influences. While this isn't always the best career move for a hardcore band trying to make its way in a genre that is not always known for its acceptance of new sounds, it can make for intriguing and often refreshing music. Although there is little doubt that this is, at its core, an East Coast hardcore band with heavy NYHC influences, there is an assuredness and desire to push boundaries that was evident on their earlier work like Step 2 Rhythm, but that is only now fully coming to fruition. With rap rock and grunge influences abound, Nonstop Feeling attempts to take modern hardcore into relatively unfamiliar territory. Fortunately, Turnstile is able to do so by creating a record that relies on solid song writing, well-crafted riffs, and a genre-bending collection of songs that are at their best, exciting and energizing, and at their worst, clumsy but interesting.
The record begins with the trio of "Gravity," "Drop," and "Fazed Out," all of which waste no time laying into thick grooves and a staccato vocal delivery used to punctuate and accentuate the crunchy riffs that form the songs' foundations. These tracks almost act as statement pieces, declaring that regardless of the stylistic shifts that occur throughout the rest of the record, Turnstile is, at its core, a hard-hitting, riff-centered hardcore band.
After the barrage that starts off the album, "Can't Deny It" starts to add vocal elements reminiscent of Antony Kiedis and riffs that would not be out of place on a Rage Against the Machine record. Even though this track is undoubtedly alt/rap rock-influenced, it is still well-written and passionately delivered, so it does not come off as misplaced or poorly executed. After the brief interlude of "Bleach Temple," "Bad Wave" provides another brief foray into straight-forward, groove-laden hardcore before the melodic and vulnerable "Blue By You" adds a welcome change of pace.
The latter half of the record is led by "Out of Rage," which memorably oscillates between bass-driven melodies and a ruckus, shouted chorus. Following this, the album shows its first signs of fatigue, with "Love Lasso" and "Addicted" failing to inspire or intrigue. The former is a second interlude, which drags and seems aimless, while the latter is simply repetitive and out of place on this otherwise innovative and progressive record. The closer, "Stress," seems like the appropriate way to finish the record, as it helps end on a high note by blending nearly every genre present on this album into a powerful mix of aggression and desperation.
Bottom Line: Turnstile is able to break down barriers and explore new musical frontiers without coming across as cliché or directionless. Nonstop Feeling succeeds because it ties together a diverse set of influences with an unrelenting hardcore groove.
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