Turnstile - GLOW ON
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Based on 18 reviews
2021 Ratings: #7 / 527
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Based on 657 ratings
2021 Ratings: #25
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With a record like ‘GLOW ON’, Turnstile are making their own rules now. Long may it continue.

“I can sail with no direction,” Yates repeats over and over on ‘Holiday’, a highlight of an album that goes wherever it damn pleases, scorching a new path for others in their wake.

Staggering third album GLOW ON changes the game once again. Upping the experimentation and layering on unprecedented emotional textures, its mixtape-alike 35-minute sprawl is more intricate, engaging and ambitious while feeling simultaneously even further laid back.

Consequence of Sound
Throughout the hook-laden album, Turnstile welcome groove and rhythm, while expanding their musical palette to include shoegaze, R&B, and even a little Bruno Mars-like reggae-pop on “New Heart Design” — yet the band’s intensity and hardcore spirit never wanes.
The Line of Best Fit

Glow On’s erratic genre-jumping nature might be a struggle, especially with only one track surpassing the 3-minute mark, and barely any gaps for breath, but Turnstile weave it all together in such a tight and cohesive gut-punch.

Northern Transmissions
If ‘Time & Space’ had Turnstile dip their toe into an ocean of varied influences, then ‘GLOW ON’ is a headfirst leap.
Metal Hammer
The wealth of ideas that Turnstile crowbar into their songs is ludicrous, and to do it all with such a sense of constant forward momentum is perhaps their most impressive feat.
FLOOD Magazine

The five-piece swim in the deep ends of their curiosity, both existentially and musically, making an unforgettable magnum opus.

Under The Radar
Now, diverting slightly from their standard hardcore sound, the five-piece emerges into an era of experimentation, meshing thrashing guitar riffs with subtle creative instrumentation to create jam-packed songs—most still under three minutes.

GLOW ON isn’t just one of the best hardcore albums of the year; it’s one of the best albums of the year in general.


The Baltimore band’s spectacular fourth record is all groove, riffs, and passion. It is not a crossover hardcore album that looks to transcend the genre, but one that tries to elevate it to its highest visibility.

An invigorating, thrashing effort - which is ultimately also a lot of fun - ‘Glow On’ shows off just how innovative hardcore could become.
Turnstile are flexing some of their heaviest hooks yet - gliding us across nonchalant bops and hellish riffs, the Maryland five-piece have yet again come out with a bang.
Beats Per Minute

Glow On establishes Turnstile as a post-hardcore behemoth with a pop edge and an adept ear for melody; it impresses most when they become lost in their carefully crafted gossamer dreamscapes and dance-pop tendencies.

The Needle Drop

Turnstile's hardcore sound undergoes some dreamy renovations on Glow On.

Metal Injection
Turnstile come from the newer school of punk. They aren’t here to make statements or complain about their real lives. They are here for a good time and to make sure you have one too.

GLOW ON is an album that is intriguing, unpredictable, heavy, groovy, ambient and loud all at the same time, and serves as Turnstile's crucial next step forward.

I’ve always said that these guys remind me of peak The Offspring <smashing forward with 90s skate punk riffs that will make you want to drive fast windows down and throw your cheeseburger out the window directly into oncoming traffic faster than you can say Michael Douglas on your short lockdown commute>

Yes Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit are back but you should be listening to Turnstile!
Sad times deserve fun rhymes and kids need something to yell along to and here ... read more
baltimore hardcore band, turnstile have struck absolute gold on glow on. this is not your standard hardcore album. yes it has the gritty riffs, pounding. drums, and aggressive vocals that you expect from the genre, but it also has much more. there’s some elements of shoegaze on here, some indie/alt rock influence, and even some r&b thanks to the amazing blood orange’s contributions. from the bombastic opener of “mystery”, you are immediately know that you’re ... read more
The new riff masters.
Turnstile manages to test my tolerance level the perfect amount without overstepping any boundaries. This bizarre combination of hardcore punk and dream pop has no right to work, and yet it still manages to do so. The switch-off between shouty and melodic vocals can be borderline cringeworthy, but for some reason, I just don’t seem to care. Strong songwriting and massive instrumentation is all it took for me to ignore these minor flaws. While there may not be a ton of variety in the ... read more
wanna go out and kick something
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Added on: July 13, 2021