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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review of Twiztid's The Darkness



Twiztid, who was formerly signed under Psychopathic Records until 2012; is now under their own company, Majik Ninja Entertainment (since late 2014), has released a new album. The official release of The Darkness is today, but I received a pre-ordered copy yesterday in the mail. I have been a fan of Twiztid since 2003 and was excited for their new album, The Darkness, on their new record label. I was anticipating hearing their sound after Madrox and Monoxide did an interview for Revolver magazine and replied to the question of "do you think metal fans will dig the darkness?" with "if you take it with a grain of salt and open mind, you will find something in it you like. It's not Sepultura, but it's dark" (Madrox) and "a lot of the producers we worked with played live guitars, so there are some heavy riffs on there. One song called "FTS" is instant anarchy" (Monoxide). I've always been a metal fan and have always loved Twiztid, so there I was after reading the article two weeks ago on my couch, anticipating receiving my pre-ordered CD by watching the tracker of whether the CD shipped yet and how long it would take to leave Livonia, Michigan; I wanted to hear Twiztid's sound for The Darkness and I can say I was pretty impatient about it (that’s not typical of me)—I was happy yesterday when it arrived after two weeks of waiting.

The first Twiztid album I ever listened to was Freek Show back in late 2003. I loved Freek Show, which was released in October 2000, with the lyrics, the collaborations with Insane Clown Posse (fan of old ICP) and Mike E. Clark, and the skits in between a few of the songs. That album has been a favorite of mine for more than 10 years. However, I also love their song "Darkness" (from The Green Book, which was released in 2003) and I loved their 2012 album Abominationz, which was their last album with Psychopathic Records. I loved the sound of Abominationz because it has a unique blend of rock, some Southern rock/ bluesy sounds (to me "Bad Side" has that bluesy feel), and rap. I think The Darkness is a great follow up to Abominationz and like their 2012 album, I can't stop listening to The Darkness.

I have seen some former fans trash The Darkness because Twiztid departed from Psychopathic and the think the new sound is abandoning their roots. Some complained that their vocals and beats are too processed now. Yes, this album is different than previous albums, but I don't think that's a bad thing. I listen to all genres of music and artists grow with each album, which is what is needed from artists to be successful; especially in the music business. Everyone has to grow to be successful and I see Twiztid growing with this album—from young guys to very successful men. I think Twiztid took a risk and they succeeded with this risk. I like the thoughts, the lyrics and even the skits behind this album. I really loved how it was produced.

My favorites on The Darkness: Afraid of the Dark, In Hell, Back to Hell, Boogieman, F.T.S., Breakdown and Mind Goes Mad. I give this album a 4 stars out of 5 stars and it's definitely a must listen. Can't wait to hear more from Twiztid and Majik Ninja Entertainment!

2 comments:

  1. You must be their biggest fan. :)

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    1. I am! ^_^ I gave them treat bags and Halloween cards when I met them.

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