Album Review: Reckless Love – Turborider (AFM Records)

Finnish sleaze rockers Reckless Love return with their fifth studio album, ‘Turborider‘. Following a 4-year hiatus and recently receiving gold awards for their first three albums in Finland, singer Olli Herman and his band are now gearing up for their next move. AFM Records will release Turborider on March 25th, 2022.

As 80s as it can possibly get. You’re either going to love or hate this synthy metal throwback. One that revisits 80s game worlds, movie themes of the era and so on. It’s impossibly entertaining and consistently fun. From the Tron-esqe synth, manic head-banging energy and infectious chorus of the title track. To the groovy, pop-infused sing-along of Eyes of a Maniac, the grin-inducing and upbeat video game inspired Outrun, the retro and rocking Kids of the Arcade and the cover of Ozzy Osbourne classic, Bark at the Moon.

If you’re not smiling by the halfway point, there might be something wrong with you. The cover in particular, given synthy undertones, makes for a very cool listen.

A 48 second intro to the track that follows, Prelude (Flight of The Cobra) is all guitar and flows nicely into the foot-tapping ‘montage’ style of Like a Cobra. Another stupidly catchy listen. It’s then followed by a more mellow listen in For the Love of Good Times. A track that feels like a track you would see playing over a lead character geeing himself up to win back the love of their life.

That’s then followed by two upbeat anthems in a row. ’89 Sparkle with its pure Summery bounce and Future Lover Boy, which is all about its chorus. Before this time-travelling trip is wrapped up with Prodigal Sons. Something epic, meaty and truly befitting of a finale.

There’s no denying that to really enjoy Turborider, you have to enjoy heavy use of 80s synth and accept that this is the ultimate 80s throwback. Do that and you’re sure to have a lot more fun with it.

Reckless Love – Turborider Full Track Listing:

1. Turborider
2. Eyes Of a Maniac
3. Outrun
4. Kids Of the Arcade
5. Bark At the Moon (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)
6. Prelude (Flight of The Cobra)
7. Like A Cobra
8. For The Love of Good Times
9. ’89 Sparkle
10. Future Lover Boy
11. Prodigal Sons


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