TWISTED TOWER DIRE - MAKE IT DARK
CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC
Metal To Infinity
those never heard of Twisted Tower Dire – they’re from Virginia USA and
since the early nineties, these guys give the best of themselves with the
release of decent Heavy Metal efforts. This new one “Make It Dark” is album
number 5 and before writing down my thoughts on it I want to mention a tribute
to former singer Tony Taylor… a great and very respectful vocalist passed away
last year by a tragic accident. Tony gave TTS a special character with his
excellent, typical US Metal way of singing – he brought on the very best
delivering high pitched vocals…. Certainly a loss to the US Metal world!
never easy to replace a very good singer but the band searched on and on –
finally they found what they were looking for by the name of Johnny Aune. Can we
speak of a full replacement? I’d like to say yes! The new TTD front man
sings superbly and to me very welcome in a band like this. I can hear a
lot of devotion – with great ease he takes the highest notes of his voice…
make notice of the fact Twisted Tower Dire’s new singer knows how to charm me
as soon as he starts to use his thoat!
total package of “Make It Dark” looks amazingly good – full coloured,
great looking artwork, booklet including lyrics,… professional lay out all the
way out! Regarding the production of this album, I can reasonably happy so let
bring on the explanation on the songs. Well, you may expect a total of eight
tracks spread over a playing time of about 36 minutes. Last I have heard some of
their previous albums – trademark of TTD always been Classic Heavy Metal and
there is really no difference to note when listening to their new disc. Unlike
their older CDs I noticed some minor nowadays Euro Power Metal influences which
is not an harmful thing – as long as they do not overdo this, there is nothing
wrong and no reason to complain (as I may speak for my self).
guitars sound again breathtaking – twin guitar duels in charge to offer
wonderfully beautiful melodic tactics. Galloping up and down the fretboard in
style – think on guitar duels used to know from legendary Maiden, Tokyo Blade
or Priest. Longing for sharpened steel melodic motions to the extreme –
Twisted Tower Dire won’t let you down!
Metal maniacs definitely have to check out songs like ‘Snow Leppard’,
‘Make It Dark’ (I really like this one due to the most 80s inspired
character of all), another fantastic shot is ‘White Shadow’ and also one to
stick to your mind is clincher ‘Beyond The Gate’ which is a long distance
runner of 8 minutes. To keep a long song fascinating from start to end asks for
a lot of talented skills and musical insight – be sure, the whole TTD gang
appears here to have no problem at all with.
with an album like “Make It Dark”, Twisted Tower Dire delivers a brilliant
achievement – an output which undoubtedly can and should be purchased by
Classic Metal fans mainly, at the other hand I’d like to recommend this
product to each and every defender
of contemporary, melodic Metal as well. Fans of 80s acts like Witch Cross, Riot,
Kill D’Kor, Deaf Dealer, Pharaoh, Powermad better stop by at: http://www.twistedtowerdire.com/
more info on the label’s activities HERE.
My Points: 87 / 100 (Review by Stefan)
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