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CD Review: Chron Turbine's "II" 

(2016, Peterwalkee Records)

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A lot has changed in the four years since Chron Turine released its debut, Skull Necklace for You, in 2012. Birthed in Brooklyn as a vehicle for Chris Turco (vocals, guitar) to record songs he'd been woodshedding, the band was fleshed out by Rye Coalition's Dave Leto (drums) and Chris Jaeger (bass). The trio assaulted audiences in the big city and upstate with its unique brand of throbbing, hypnotic thrash. By the time Turco had begun cutting demos for a follow-up record, he had moved up the Hudson to Kingston and immersed himself in the local music scene (he currently hits the drum skins for Ultraam and Geezer). He ended up recording II as a solo project, with the blessing of Leto and Jaeger. The eight songs on this hand grenade of a cassette mini-album (also available via download) feature Turco on all instruments and vocals.

Noise rock enthusiasts should revel in the pounding drums and in generally in-the-red sonic maelstrom. The opaque and often humorous lyrics are delivered with a hard-core conviction and howl. While always keeping it loud, II's songs range from the breakneck punk of the anti-hippie "Tie Dye" to "Baby's Got the Fear," a groovy stoner dirge. Although Turco's current schedule doesn't include any Chron Turbine live dates, he says the possibility is open for a return of the original three-piece, to inflict some sonic damage on local ears..

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