TWISTED TOWER DIRE – Wars In The Unknown

TWISTED TOWER DIRE - Wars In The Unknown
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No Remorse Records
Release date: March 15, 2019

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Wars In The Unknown is the sixth album from Washington, D.C. based Metal band Twisted Tower Dire. Formed in the 1990s by members with a desire to recapture the sound of classic Heavy Metal, Twisted Tower Dire released a couple of albums, and toured Europe, culminating in an appearance at the venerated Wacken Open Air festival in 1999. The current lineup features long time members Scott Waldrop, guitar, David Boyd, guitar, Marc Stauffer, drums, Jim Hunter, bass, and Johnny Aune, on vocals. Aune replaced original vocalist Tony Taylor after their fourth record, and sadly, Taylor passed a few years later in a motorcycle accident.

Wars In The Unknown is a decent record. Highlights include “And The Sharks Came Then” and “These Ghosts Can Never Leave”, with their catchy hooks. Aune has a good range, and a wide vibrato that occasionally drifts out of tune, must evident when backing vocals are present. Neither guitarist is credited with lead guitar, so it’s not clear if both share solo duties, but the leads on this record leave a lot to be desired. Sonically, the record is ok, not exceptional production. The bas drums are not clear, and sound a little stumbly at points, particularly at intense double bass sections. The issues aren’t constant, but sporadically things could have been done better here and there. There are good riffs, and good parts, but excellence eludes the final product. Still, worth a listen to Metal fans. 



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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