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Make It Dark

United States Country of Origin: United States

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

Review by Adam M on April 27, 2011.

An invigorating Classic Metal style is performed by Twisted Tower Dire. They recall the likes of early Crimson Glory with their Melodic Heavy Metal delivery. The songs here are catchy, yet meaty and sound like anthems to the glory of metal. The tracks are also bolstered by crisp rhythm guitar work and memorable leads.

This is energetic and passionate music that doesn’t fall into the trap of being generic and uninteresting as many bands that try to perform the very eighties sounding kind of metal have a tendency to do. Still, though the songs are memorable, they aren’t quite completely thrilling all the way through. There are certainly moments that are particularly appealing, however. When a hook is found, it is driven into your sub-conscious. See the track 'White Shadow' for a song that is able to become ingratiated in your head. Perhaps the absolute best aspect of this disc is in its ability to make the listener feel upbeat and empowered. The music has a positive mood that suits the classic vibe it emits. The music isn’t all straightforward as well. See the final track 'Beyond The Gate', which recalls the likes of Slough Feg. It’s an epic way to close everything off.

The band could do a bit more with the songs and push them into even more interesting and compelling places. This is something to expect in the future, perhaps. What we’re left with here is a splendid release that has some excellent guitar work and melodies. The band creates a style of their own despite having a resemblance to other acts."Make It Dark" comes recommended.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 8.5
Atmosphere: 8
Production: 8
Originality: 7.5
Overall: 8

Rating:8 out of 10