May 30, 2022

The band Reckless Love hail from Finland having formed in Kuopio in 2010 with Turborider now being the group’s fifth album to date.

Indeed, fans have had a fair amount of time to wait as their previous album, InVader, came out as long ago as 2016. Renowned as a high energy and up-lifting band with elements of sleaze and glam in the sound, the band has always given great value for money as they play with a smile on their face and have earned quite a reputation as a good time band. They have always rocked but with something of an electro beat so that you get metal that you can dance too and Turborider keeps to, roughly, the same formula, although the band seem a little more like Muse than Motley Crüe these days and that is no bad thing.

Olli Herman has a great voice and keeps the music driving forwards with his style that can comfortably accommodate both rock and pop and reminds, just a little, of Morten Harket and it is always important for your frontman to have that versatility and drive to keep the band ever developing. The wonderfully titled Pepe Reckless is simply stunning with his searing guitar breaks and the rhythm duo of Jalle Verne on bass and Hessu Max on drums gives the band a real beat that keeps those toes tapping.

The sleaze remains as it always will with the band heading into synth-wave territory which does remind a little of Drones era Muse. There is a distinct ’80s vibe to the sound too which is very deliberate and in keeping with the feel and flavour of the album but it is allied to all the modern day sounds and techniques that are available these days. Praise also needs to go to producer by Jonas Parkkonen (Apocalyptica, Lost Society) and an excellent mastering job done by Svante Forsbäck (Rammstein, Lordi, Volbeat) give the album the best of both worlds with one foot in the 2020’s and the other in 1986.

Turborider is a pleasing Scandinavian rock/pop album with a lovable and healthy dose of sleaze and, just maybe, this is what a studio session featuring Europe, A-Ha and L.A. Guns would outturn. Well written songs, an electric performance and superb hook filled music with wonderful vocal harmonies make Turborider a great party rock album for all to enjoy.

Turborider

  1. Turborider (4:25)
  2. Eyes Of A Maniac (3:21)
  3. Outrun (3:11)
  4. Kids Of The Arcade (3:34)
  5. Bark At The Moon (4:13)
  6. Prelude (Flight Of The Cobra) (0:47)
  7. Like A Cobra (3:01)
  8. For The Love Of Good Times (3:02)
  9. ’89 Sparkle (3:16)
  10. Future Lover Boy (3:02)
  11. Prodigal Sons (3:17)