Twisted Tower Dire
Twisted Tower Dire

Twisted Tower Dire were formed in 1995 in Virginia, USA and have been unabashedly waving the banner of true metal for over a decade.

The Curse... Twisted Tower Dire - The Curse of Twisted Tower Dire (Myskatonic Foundation) 2000

1. "Land Of Illusions" (6:33)
2. "Hail Dark Rider" (6:56)
3. "The Curse Of Twisted Tower" (6:54)
4. "The Epic War Ends" (6:58)
5. "Rue Of The Forsaken Keeper (Part II)" (7:12)
6. "Lament : Nocturne" (3:32)
7. "The Walkyrie Death Squadrons" [instrumental] (10:19)
8. "The Witch's Eyes" (5:19)

"The Curse of Twisted Tower Dire " is Twisted Tower's self-produced, full-length debut in 1999. It is anthemic, raw, majestic, American power metal. However, when one thinks of power metal these days, usually the hordes of European Judas Priest and Helloween clones come to mind. Twisted Tower do not take their inspiration from these, but rather give a nod to the roots of the genre. The music here has a very 1980's sound. This might sound like a bad thing, but I am of the opinion that good music is timeless, and this is good music. Heavy metal with galloping riffs, dual guitar solos, flashy solos, and majestic songwriting. Actually, Twisted Tower have more in common with bands like Omen, Riot or "Killers"-era Iron Maiden. At times there are even hints of bands like Candlemass and Cirith Ungol. The title track in particular has that doomy metal feel of the two aforementioned bands. "The Curse..." is for those nostalgic for the classic days of heavy metal, when we were all buying up CDs on labels like Metal Blade, Shrapnel and Combat or for those who just want some good, headbanging, heavy metal.

The Isle of Hydra Twisted Tower Dire - The Isle of Hydra (Hellion) 2001

  1. "Battle Cry (1:07)
  2. The Isle of Hydra" (6:16)
  3. "When the Daylight Fades" (4:15)
  4. "Daggers Blade" (5:14)
  5. "Ride the Night" (4:52)
  6. "The Longing" (8:50)
  7. "Sign of the Storm" (6:02)
  8. "Final Stand" (6:13)
  9. "Dying Breath" (5:13)
  10. "hidden track" (8:03)

Powerful, galloping heavy metal is the only words I can think of to describe this band. Perhaps this will make some people cringe, but I really compare these guys to Hammerfall stylistically, although according to some they are by far a better band. Not sure I would say better or worse, but certainly as good as. Add another band to the metallic army out to rid the world of false metal.

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