Album: Turned On
Label: Cool Death
Non-Airable Tracks: N/A
Release Date: July 6th, 2018
Hailing from Australia, Power performs a melodic, post-hardcore punk that is reminiscent of the late 80s and early 90s. Turned On is their second album and is incredibly similar in quality to their first, Electric Glitter Boogie, and the biggest difference is that the guitar player takes many more quick, skillful solos placed in between verses. Though they are not playing the same hardcore that the Bad Brains played in the early 80s, their music has many markable similarities like these quick-witted solos and the dirty singing.
In true punk fashion, the album is only 30 minutes long and each track is an attempt at an assault on the listener’s ears. The only two that stand out are “Licksplitter” with its memorable singing and catchy melodies, and “Road Dog” which is a demented take on a traditional rock n rock chord progression (like something found on a Henry Rollins solo album). The other songs don’t fall flat but they simply pass by without affecting, even through multiple listens.
As far as melodic post hardcore goes in 2018, this is some of the best and if you are into hardcore and are looking for something recent to check out, this might be something to keep an eye on.
Final score: 6/10
Sounds Like: Bad Brains, Bad Religion
Recommended tracks for radio play: Licksplitter
Reviewer: Bryan Burnett
Review Date: October 12th, 2018