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To Be Rather Than To Seem

by Turner

The cd sounds like a combination of 4 decades of music 70's 80's 90's and now. The music style is hard rock/metal.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Progressive Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Imposter
4:13 album only
2. I Will Believe
3:50 album only
3. You
4:45 album only
4. Rise Above It All
5:13 album only
5. Reinventing
3:53 album only
6. The Journey
5:47 album only
7. Changed
6:18 album only
8. Cradle To The Grave
3:32 album only
9. Green Eyes
5:34 album only
10. Why
3:48 album only
11. Wicked Web
3:35 album only
12. Simon Says
4:12 album only
13. Blown Away
4:16 album only


Album Notes
Are you ready to rock? I mean, rock like it's supposed to be done? Does it seem like some bands out there have forgotten what that's like?

Turner definitely knows what it takes to rock! This four-piece outfit from deep in the heart of Texas rocks flat out and balls to the wall from the opening volleys of the first cut, until the last notes of the final song fade away. What comes through from listening to the baker's dozen of tracks on "To Be Rather Than To Seem" is that this is a band that has set down a musical challenge: either lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

"Imposter" is the first of 13 tracks here, and it's chugging guitar and bass lines propel the song like a hopped-up Harley on a straight stretch of Lone Star interstate. And just as you're about to recover from the onslaught of the first track, you're hit with "I Will Believe," with its thunderous double-bass beat pulling the band along on an ominous-sounding journey. Add to this a monster guitar riff in the middle and you have a metal song that's sure to have music fans everywhere giving the metal salute!

"We're not trying to fit in any particular music genre with this CD," said Luke Turner, lead guitarist and vocalist for the band. "With the diversity of each member's musical background in Turner, I feel we've captured a lot of different emotions and influences here."

Turner formed in 2003 as old friends Luke and bassist Mark Yoes began looking for new blood for an idea they both had for a great rock band. Turner and Yoes had honed their chops since 1992 in a band called Resistance and loved what they did ... but they knew something else was out there waiting for them.

After searching and auditioning dozens of drummers, along came young drum whiz Mychael Cuevas, who at 16, had joined Resistance, but then went on to other things. It wasn't until Turner was formed last year that Cuevas came back even better and more badass than ever, as can be attested to by his tremendous drumming on this CD. The final piece of the puzzle was solved when lead guitarist Eddie Siegel also re-joined the fold, in fact returning with only two weeks to learn new material before going to the studio, causing the rest of the band to fondly nickname him "Drop in Eddie"!

After the first two cuts have gotten your attention, the quieter beginning of "You," with it's alternating guitar and bass line might lull you into a sense of calm ... that is until the galloping rhythm section leads the band into a full-bore metal salute.

As "Rise Above It All" powers up its double-guitar might, the lyrics take the listener into the mouth of madness ... and pulls them back out with a positive message to get above it, to pull oneself up. "Rise" rocks along like a carousel on speed, then drops a tasty, spacey guitar interlude in the middle before jacking it back up to warp speed!

"We leave no doubt about what is to be expected on this release," Luke said. "This is metal, this is rock, this is just what the doctor ordered!"

Turner puts more than 50 years of musical experience behind their art, with Luke writing all the music and lyrics, with, Mark, Mychael and Eddie adding their special touches. "It is really cool with this band because you have so many styles, as you can hear in the music," Luke said. "Mark has the style of from 1970s to mid-80's; my style is 80's, 90's and modern; Mychael's is modern and Eddie's style covers it all ... so our style speaks to fans of music from all rock genres."

Fans of the band have said that listening to "To Be Rather Than To Seem" is like listening to a "greatest hits" compilation; that there isn't a weak spot on the entire CD. "Our people tell us that they get what they want to hear and are left wanting more," Luke said. True enough, as listeners will find themselves hitting the "replay" button repeatedly!

Produced by English producer Ralph Jezzard, engineered by Jezzard and Mark Sinko at Salmon Peak Studios and mastered by Billy Stull at Masterpiece Mastering, Turner's force and fury has been accurately captured on this recording. Jezzard's work was behind the popularity of the band EMF with their huge hit song, "Unbelievable."

"These guys were absolutely amazing in the studio," said Luke, who also assisted on the production. "The talent and level of intelligence they have really brought the music to life."

"My musical vision with Turner is to make it big and touch people with a positive message," Luke continued. "That vision has been more than answered in this band."

Turner is a remedy to what has been ailing rock and roll for a few years, as it seems all bands want to do is write songs about how mad they are at their moms and dads. They've forgotten how good it can feel just to let loose a blazing guitar lead or thunderous drum solo!

Turner hasn't forgotten. When you pop this CD of rocking ear candy into your stereo, you'll find yourself wanting to keep turning it up, as each song gets your adrenaline pumping and never lets go until 13 tracks later ... and then you want to put it back on and listen to it again!



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