Metal Review – Twisted Tower Dire – Make it Dark (2011)

Twisted Tower Dire - Make it Dark (2011)Virginia’s Twisted Tower Dire emerged back in the mid-90s. Not only did they come out playing metal during a time when it was not in fashion, but they were big into classic metal and the NWOBHM. Turn the clock 15 years forward and Twisted Tower Dire is still making album, although Make it Dark is only their fifth full-length release. For fan of bands such as Grim Reaper, Omen, Thin Lizzy and other bands of that ilk, Make it Dark will be right in your wheelhouse. Listening to this new release is like taking a step into a time machine and coming out with your spandex in tow. Okay, okay, I get it. Spandex was never cool, but you catch my drift. It is all about the nostalgia.

Twisted Tower Dire has stuck to their guns for 15 years and I, for one, am glad that they did. While their music is not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination, the musicianship is solid, the vocals are clean and impressive and the songs are just fun.

Some highlights from the album are songs like Snow Leopard, which has a little extra edge to the riffs. The chorus is very catchy and the melody is something puller out straight from the 80s when metal was just fun. The Stone is another track which has a lot of promise. The tempo is picked up for this song, but the intensity is still the same. This is a band that is just having fun with their craft.

Make it Dark Track Listing:
1. Mystera
2. Snow Leopard
3. The Stone
4. Make It Dark
5. White Shadow
6. The Only Way
7. Torture Torture
8. Beyond the Gate

Virginia-based classic metal outfit TWISTED TOWER DIREhave completed their fifth full-length album, Make It Dark, which is set for North American release by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music on May 3, 2011.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s name has been synonymous with uncompromising classic heavy metal since its inception in 1995. Formed out of “a stubborn hatred for the ’90s anti-metal culture,” the band have always been able to maintain a respectable profile, not following transitory trends but keeping true to their original metal beliefs.

After their 2007 release Netherworlds, TWISTED TOWER DIRE took a short break which included the entry of new singer Johnny Aune (Viper) replacing Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on February 6th, 2010. Rounding out the current lineup is bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement) and guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture).

In terms of songwriting, TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s fifth full-length Make It Darkrepresents probably the most mature album the band has written to date. With a direct approach, the band has been able to write a very compact-sounding release, made of some immediate hit songs as well as others marked with more traditional TTDtaste. Make It Darkis the sum of those elements which are the pillars of rock/metal music in general and that are so greatly expressed by the band in this release: guitar and vocal melodies above the standards, catchy refrains and most important of all, the feeling that each and every one of these songs bears the potential to become a new metal classic! Strengthened by Chris Salamone’s (While Heaven Wept) post-studio work, and features cover art by UK artist Martin Hanford (Slough Feg, Bal Sagoth, Warhammer).

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