Tura Satana

Relief Through Release

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Tura Satana emerged during the birth of what is considered nu-metal, a hybrid form of heavy metal and the alternative sound, and although the band only lasted a few years, Relief Through Release was arguably their best release. These four musicians who were formerly known as Manhole have created an album that is a solid testament to the capability of the nu-metal genre. Vocalist Tairrie B. comes off with an interesting style, sounding like a mixture of Courtney Love and Marilyn Manson, yet Tura Satana has little else in common with such aforementioned artists. Relief Through Release revels in its relentless assault on one's ears, musically sounding as raw and heavy as early Coal Chamber. There is a slight hardcore edge to Tura Satana that keeps them from aligning too closely with any mainstream metal band, and it also effectively flavors the album with an aggro feel. The dual vocals of Tairrie B. and Slick Fifty's John Davis on the Nirvana cover "Negative Creep" are worthy of a listen, though it certainly does not rival the original. With songs like "Dry," "Flux," and "Last Rites" standing out as some of the best songs on the album, Relief Through Release is a solid chunk of nu-metal sludge that goes a long way in proving that female-fronted groups can be just as unforgiving and brutal in this predominantly male genre.

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