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Turnstile - Glow On (Album Review)

Thursday, 09 September 2021 Written by Jessica Howkins

Turnstile have always been in an odd spot as a hardcore band despite their roots being firmly grounded in the genre. They’ve long sought to push boundaries and break out of the box they’re expected to remain in and their third album, ‘Glow On’, finds them finally roaming free of genre confinements. In the process they cement their place as one of the most exciting bands to look out for. 

At 15 songs, ‘Glow On’ exists in a state of constant exploration, infusing Turnstile’s hardcore elements with tinges of pop-punk, R&B and prog. Each track is short enough to make the running order seem more balanced than messy, but that it isn’t to say that everything is all neat and tidy.

When you’re faced with the energetic dynamics of Fly Again and then the melancholic vibes of Alien Love Call, it does feel disconnected, leaving a slightly disappointing feeling in the air. 

‘Glow On’ is not an album that will be to everyone's taste, but its constant determination to be free of genre labels makes it compelling at every turn.

Each idea that Turnstile have is clearly articulated, each song is easy to follow, taking the direct nature of hardcore and applying it to more sprawling aims.

Full of anthemic and upbeat traits, ‘Glow On’ is an often exhilarating and gripping album. Turnstile’s hardcore heart still beats but now they’re ready to change the narrative and show just what they’re capable of when they’re set free and allowed to fly.

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