Though originally formed in 2000 by Ronnie ‘Ripper’ Olsen, one of the founder members of Swedish death metal band Vomitory, Turbocharged had a slow start and it was not until 2008 that their first demo recording saw the light of day. A second demo followed the year after and the end of 2010 saw their debut album AntiXtian released on vinyl only via Polish label Hellrocker Records. Now June 10th finds the album given its worldwide CD release on Chaos Records. The trio from Forshaga deliver a compact trash/punk sound that has no pretensions of grandeur, but just hits hard with an honest, aggressive intensity flavoured with a total anti-Christian themed attack. Best described as early Suicidal Tendencies meets Discharge coated in a layer of Venom infused SSS, their sound strikes instantly and directly without any complications diverting their messages.
Starting with a stark forewarning in the brief intro “Uprising” the album truly takes off with the first full and the theme title track for the whole package “AntiXtian”. The construction of the song is simple, the hard hitting drums of Freddie Fister forge the opening, the dark bass riffs from Olsen lines everything with menace whilst Old Nick unleashes his guitar and array of punk and rock riffs and solos to strong effect. Olsen takes no prisoners with his vocals, hitting as hard as the music ably backed up in group chorus chants by the other two. His at times Lemmy-like growl delivered with pace and spite, spews out each songs lyrical content decisively leaving none unsure of what is meant. Where this track is more metal thrash in style the following “Ghetto Of Eden” comes through with more of a thrash feel, before the next slice “Lion Bait” erupts with a hardcore punk bombardment. The trio of tracks showing how the songs within AntiXtian fit any of and can burst predominantly from any of the metal/thrash/punk categories as well as using each within each track.
One downside to the AntiXtian is that there is a similarity on the surface with many of the tracks, the hard and basic attack bleeding from one song into another at times but taken separately the likes of “Golgotha 33 A.D.”, the excellent punky “Wake Up And Smell The Christian”, and the impressive “Species Of Jesus” are stirring and effective punches of sound. Mastered at Leon Music Studios by Rikard Löfgren (Vomitory, Deathstars, Enforcer) the sound is crisp and direct like the music and lyrics, never demanding on the listener or too involved to obstruct the message. There is the sense though that live the band delivers a show that verges on energized brutality but on the album that power and urgency is missing, that spark to ignite mayhem is subdued. AntiXtian though is still a satisfying chunk of hardcore punk metal and though it will not have anyone claiming Turbocharged as saviours or the new instigators of rock music, it will please more than it turns away unless they have a problem with the band’s personal beliefs.