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Turbonegro: Party AnimalsParty Animals (2005)
Abacus Recordings

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The greatest denim wearing, coke snorting, alcohol abusing, glittered up supergroup to come out of Europe are back, with the incredible followup to Scandanavian Leather and the third editon to the Apocalypse series. It is entitled, rather appropriately and seemingly autobiographically, Party Animals.
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The greatest denim wearing, coke snorting, alcohol abusing, glittered up supergroup to come out of Europe are back, with the incredible followup to Scandanavian Leather and the third editon to the Apocalypse series. It is entitled, rather appropriately and seemingly autobiographically, Party Animals.

The story of the Norwegian natives Turbonegro is one of true rock'n'roll epic status (sorta). They formed in the mid-nineties and released two of the decade's greatest releases: Ass Cobra in '96, and Apocalypse Dudes in '98, the first chapter of the Apocalypse series. Soon after, while on tour in Italy, drug addicted singer Hank Von Helvete has a mental breakdown and is admitted to the hospital. The band breaks up. After being released, Von Helvete has a well deserved break from his former lifestyle and goes to live with his grandparents, leading a relatively normal life. Meanwhile, his ex-band members were all busy with various side projects, none of which were even comparable to TN. This trend continues for a couple of years. Then in 2002, after a brief but incredibly popular stint under the name Turbojugend, the singer returns and Turbonegro are ressurected. They release Scandanavian Leather in 2003 (the second of the Apoc. series), and it certainly was worth the wait. The album was well received from fans and critics alike. At this time, they are undeniably the greatest rock'n'roll band on the planet, so where to go from there...?

The clock strikes 2005, and the denim is out once more.

When reviewing an album like this, being as it is the third chapter of a series, I felt it were necessary to have it compared and contrasted to the first two. And who better to explain the evolution (although that's not the appropraiate word in this case) than band member himself 'Happy' Tom, who says this: "The first was 'Apocalypse Dudes,' which was about sex and pizza. 'Scandanavian Leather' was the second one; that was about nature and survival. Now the third one is 'Party Animals' and it's about war!" Need an elaboration? Well, here's my view on things.

Gone are the lyrics of homo-eroticism which the first albums were riddled with; they have been replaced by those of getting wasted and totally fucking shit up (see "Death From Above"). There is no maturity lyrically for the band; for them, it's all about having a good time. Musically however, Party Animals is a step up for the band. Turbonegro have incorporated a few new techniques into their songs for a fresher sound. The transistions range from "deathpunk," a term which the band created for themselves, to classic rock "City Of Satan," to trashy garage, while a horn section is featured on "High On The Fire" (my personal favourite track), and a fifty-piece symphony orchestra is put to great use on "Final Warning." If there was still any doubt in your mind whether or not you would be buying this album, then a guest appearance by the legendary Keith Morris (Black Flag, Circle Jerks) should seal the deal. There are no highlights (apart from the aforementioned HOTF), as every song on the entire disc is sensational in its own right.

Basically, this record is superb and comes highly recommended. It may not be as perfect as Apocalypse Dudes was, but it's still guaranteed to be one the most awesome things you'll hear all year.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
C-Men (June 30, 2008)

i actually never listened to this album. so.... yeah. but i'm gonna give it a 10 anyway.

Anonymous (August 26, 2005)

"to the guy two posts below who hasnt learned to properly cut and paste...what the hell are you talking about with your punk points and shit? what in my comment made you think i care about all that and when you were listening to rkl?

besides, saying you listened to them in high school doesnt mean shit. for all i know, that coulda been this afternoon..on your ipod mini ..on the way to summer school

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com"

i got the cut & paste right.

and you know what doesn't mean shit? a war of words between 2 punks.

so i bow out. sorry. let's move on.

-that guy from 2 posts back or whatever."

Uhhhh,,,,,,I wrote my comment before I read the article and saw any of the comments entered. Just saying I live a couple blocks from ian, seriously,,,,,just a joke.

I think you spend toooooo much time on this site.

and for the record JONES THE BONES?!?!, that RKL comment was from someone else ASSWIPE!

"All up in the Kool Aid and don't even know the FLAVOR!!!"

lushj (August 25, 2005)

Yeah, but their great albums start with "Ass Cobra".

1. Apocalypse Dudes
2. Ass Cobra (a very close 2nd!)
3. Scandinavian Leather
4. Party Animals
5. Taking Back Thursday and 99% of the new bands on the 'Org

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

turbonegro released at least two if not three albums before asscobra.

Inspection12e (August 25, 2005)

If I had to make a list of ten bands that I wanted to see break up. This band would be in it.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

great review of a great album. except for the high on the crime/fire thing. keep it up.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

its "high on the crime" not "high on the fire"
get your song titles correct mr. reviewer!!

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

Oh, it's okay, because Ben Kweller is the "savior of pop music". The mighty Scott is always right, because he's got the license to hype.

I just hate that sort of reviewing.

Calling a band the "saviors" or "the band to keep your eyes on" just puts whatever sort of quality they have in a time capsule. I know I don't want to check out any music that critics just hype because they have to convince themselves that modern pop is still exciting. It's because they always turn out to sound like shitty alterna-90's singer-songwriter crap.

-Will

Russe11 (August 24, 2005)

Pwned.

manifesto (August 24, 2005)

Haha! Right in the nuts!

aubin (August 24, 2005)

Five stars? Jesus christ, where's the quality control around here?

Says the guy who gave five stars to this and this.

[cough]

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

"Five stars? Jesus christ, where's the quality control around here?

-Scott"

Yeah, I know! It's so crazy that people think differently from Scott- there needs to be some quality control!

Jackass. Go back to telling us what to "keep our eyes on", please.

-Will

SkolarX (August 24, 2005)

i picked this up this morning and it slays. i'd place it as the 3rd best that they have released after ass cobras and a. dudes. i should have bought this a while back instead of ordering the small feces box set, which while having some interesting cover songs, wasn't really worth the 45 bucks or whatever that i paid for it

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

This album rocks, but there are some things in this review that bother me.

1. this quote "Gone are the lyrics of homo-eroticism which the first albums were riddled with; they have been replaced by those of getting wasted and totally fucking shit up (see "Death From Above")"

so songs like "Blow Me Like the Wind" and lyrics like "flipr your burger and shake your buns" are not the style of the old TN?

2. This is great. A reviewer doesn't even have the common sense to get the track names correct. Where on Party Animals is "High on the Fire" your so called favorite track? I think you mean "High on the Crime".

While this recording is awesome, it bothers me to see people tuning into MTV, watching Bam Margera playing TN, and then rushing out to buy the newest cd. And what bothers me more is seeing a reviewer having no clue what they are talking about.

- Denim Demon

lushj (August 24, 2005)

Lush Looser, LL Full Gay, Turbojugend East Bay, says it's a 7/10, but that it'll probably grow on him like a fungus and he'll rate it a 10 before the end of the year.

The Apocalypse Dog, Lord of the Tennis Ball and Keeper of the Sacred Rawhide, Presidente of Turbohund East Bay, agrees.

Turbojugend East Bay!

lushj (August 24, 2005)

Someone on here said it really well in a recent Turbonegro news item- "This isn't as incredible as 'Apocalypse Dudes' but it still blows most current bands out of the water.'

Thumbs up, this gets my vote, especially since they avoid the crap glam ballad bullshit that too many "rockers" embrace (see ironic appreciation of Bon Jovi and Cinderella). Every song's a rocker, and it veers from some "Apocalypse Dudes" punkish tunes to some "Scandinavian Leather" hard rock rifforamas- "City of Satan" comes to mind.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

Score is for the pinhead that insinuated that I must be a some kinda cro-magnon for being a TN fan in the "Medications" item earlier in the week:

http://www.punknews.org/article.php?sid=13545&mode=threa d&order=0&thold=0

Sorry I'm not a "coffeehouse intellectual" like you, bro. I actually like my music to rock sometimes.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

Why do people put shit in parentheses? It's fucking lame. STOP IT. PLEASE.
(fucking retards)

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

i miss the apocalypse dudes times but turbonegro still rocks, great album.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

concerning the cover art, if anyone actually saw the second resident evil movie, it looks like the agents' helmets

yes there was a second movie made and yes it sucked worse than the first one and yes i admit that i saw it. that is all.

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

all this shit that is reviewed here shows there is no quality control
this is an average scandinavian rock album, but its 100000 times better than the rest that is reviewed here....

ramo (August 24, 2005)

The cover is atrocious.

The album is atrocious.

Why this received a 5 star rating is beyond me. This doesn't even compare to their last effort and SL is ho-hum at best.

Ramo
(Apocalypse Dudes is the way to go)

maverick (August 24, 2005)

Five stars? Jesus christ, where's the quality control around here?

-Scott

Anonymous (August 24, 2005)

William hates ska.

MinOr ThrEat StRaIghtEDge PunXx!

stevejonestherealbones (August 23, 2005)

i really like the cover of this album. looks so clean. futuristic

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

skolarx (August 23, 2005)

i'm hoping this is better than the last album. not that sl was bad but it wasn't up to par with even the first 2 albums much less the 2 before it.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

how can any band bam margera jerks off to get a five star review?

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Hahaha. Dude, he likes ska.

-Will

skaboom (August 23, 2005)

"It may not be as perfect as Apocalypse Dudes was, but it's still guaranteed to be one the most awesome things you'll hear all year."

If you close a review by saying that an album isn't as good as a bands previous work, it does not deserve a perfect score. End of story.

mCLz (August 23, 2005)

I've heard most of the album, and it defintally isn't any Scandenavian Leather, but it is okay.

mCLz (August 23, 2005)

I've heard most of the album, and it defintally isn't any Scandenavian Leather, but it is okay.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

This record is good, but it took a while to grow on me. That's rather strange, since I love TRBNGR to death. They're one of my all time favorite bands. I think they were just trying to be sleazy and Rolling Stones-y with this record, and it kind of worked, but they should stick to the deathpunk/glam fusion that just exploded all over Apocalypse Dudes. They're way better than this record shows, so I guess it's a disappointment.

Oh, the singer's name is Hank Von Helvete, for the record.

the_other_scott (August 23, 2005)

hey bsd that was kind of funny

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I heard this band gangbanged HR.

Just a rumor.

-Will

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

turbonegro did not form in the mid-90's

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I've had this album now for a few months as well. I think its great, way better than most of the crap comming out nowadays. The reviewer was right on the mark - CLASSIC!

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

For the most part this album is a homage to 70/80s party and arena rock. It's really good if you're into that kind of stuff, which I am unfortunatly am not. It tends to grate on me rather than impress me.
The album is pretty solid minus the track "Stay Free" which is a really limp and corny song about the band itself.
A couple of huge and welcome surprises are the songs "City of Satan" and "Final Warning" which make extremely creative use of orchestral arrangments to add to the overall feel of the songs. City of Satan starts out sounding like Queen and ends with a cresendo of musical chaos, where as Final Warning thunders right off the bat with a string section that actually feels like it's stabbing you when Hank howls, "This is my final warning/I'm going to kill you while you're sleeping/I'm going to kill you dead!" If the entire album was made up of songs as emotionally rising as these two this would probably be one of the greatest and biggest rockn'roll albums in history. But it's not.
Although Party Animals fumbles on the odd song at times it can sound larger than life and is full of enough swagger to keep me coming back, but it is far from the perfect record this splooging fanboy would like you to believe.

And that's my two cents.

Love,
Sliced-T
Internation super celebrity and auther of the Operators*780* review.

Archangel (August 23, 2005)

I just wanted to try making text bold. Thanks, Dante.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

This kinda seems like a bit of a fanboy review to me, to be honest. Even if I thought this band were any good, I'd be a bit sceptical. Perfect score? Why can't people save those for albums that are genuinely classic, genre defining and so on, instead of rendering the scoring system effectively worthless?

I know it's usually the body of a review that counts, and that scoring is still only a crude means of summing the review up, but come on, it's a bit ridiculous.

the_other_scott (August 23, 2005)

these guys are pretty stellar live, but i've never gotten too into their studio shit

just thought i'd share

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

I just can't trust reviews by people who seem to love the band... I need an unbiased opinion about this band. Anyone?

-Not-to-Regret

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

This is the first positive review I've read of this. I suspect bad things....

OC

Dante3000 (August 23, 2005)

Senior Nap use < not [. [b]not bold[/b]
< b> would be bold minus the spaces < / b>
Still I like this band a lot. I must say I was slightly let down by the last two albums. I still think they're good releases, but I can't help but feel they could do better.
-Dante

Nap (August 23, 2005)

Well, I'd give a 10 to Apocalypse Dudes, so a 9 is fine to "Party Animals".

Correcting the review, the song title is not "High On The [b]Fire[/b]" it's "High On The [b]Crime[/b]". There's also another guest vocalist, Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens Of The Stone Age) on the last track "Final Warning".

This album is really really good.

Sirens (August 23, 2005)

No way this is a 10/10. This band is a joke.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

These guys are quite big in the UK. They were on TV one night, and are always on the listening booths in indie shops.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Here's my score.
Wonderful.

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Amazing album. I'll never stop loving this band.

ElVaquero (August 23, 2005)

Not as perfect as Apocalypse Dudes and it still gets a 10? I'd probably give even that record an 8 (had a bit of filler) and this a 6 or 7. A 5 is average, folks.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 23, 2005)

oops, didn't actually put a score.

AlmostPunkEnough (August 23, 2005)

"But then I found out that it's just an "act", and in Norway, the metal scene is/was horribly competative, with murders and church burnings, and they figured what could scare metal kids more than a pantload of homosexuality? Brilliant move, I say."

you (and everyone else here for that matter) should read Lords of Chaos by Michael Moynihan and Didrik Soderlind. it's about the black metal scene in the 90's and how goddamn crazy it was. some extremely fascinating shit in that book, particularly the parts about Burzum and Mayhem (mmmm, brain soup). those crazy metalheads are some fucked up dudes. they also talk about the clowns who try to immatiate this shit in the states. i don't feel like doing a friggin book report right now, but as far as non-fiction and music books are concerned, this one is top-notch. VERY highly recommended, regardless of how you feel about that kind of music.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/092291594 6/qid=1124785701/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-5466271-4247815?v=glance &s=books&n=507846

by the way, i like the few Turbonegro songs i know, i'll have to check this album out.

score is for Lords of Chaos

Anonymous (August 23, 2005)

Turbonegro are still a great live band, but the last two albums are just pale imitations of Apocalypse Dudes, which was a classic album indeed.

By the way, Velvete, not Helvete.

swank (August 23, 2005)

I was extremely confused when I first got into this band, trying to figure out if they were a gay band or not. Now, I'm not the type of dude who this would matter to a great deal, but when they have albums called "ass cobra" and are all wearing sailor outfits, and then you see photos of their singer getting married...to a woman, it tends to set off the "what the fuck" alarms.

But then I found out that it's just an "act", and in Norway, the metal scene is/was horribly competative, with murders and church burnings, and they figured what could scare metal kids more than a pantload of homosexuality? Brilliant move, I say.

Gay or not, these guys are fantastic. I can't wait till they go back on the road. I haven't heard "Party Animals" yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
Are they not distro'd by Epitaph anymore? whats the story?

psychoos231 (August 23, 2005)

oh i see now

inagreendase (August 23, 2005)

Why so late on the review? I've had this for months now.

Abacus handled the North American release, which was scheduled for today. Since our site is based out of NA, we post reviews of albums released on or after their date in the area.

psychoos231 (August 23, 2005)

Fantastic album. Why so late on the review? I've had this for months now.

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