New album again has a violent theme – a great idea for their violent fans .
While all bands like to tout their influences, few are as unabashed about it as Detroit hip-hop group Twiztid.
“We’re the world’s best number two band, [Insane Clown Posse] is number one,” said Monoxide, who makes up one half of Twiztid, along with Jamie Madrox.
Twiztid and ICP are the predominant acts in the sub-genre often called horror core. While traditional hip-hop beats and samples are employed in horror core, the lyrics are typically dark, violent, and speak to those who don’t necessarily fit into the norms of society.
“We are an aggression release” Monoxide says of the violence in their music. “Don’t go out and be homicidal, vent your aggression through us. Everyday gets better.”
There is no doubt that the days have been getting better for Twiztid. The group released Heartbroken and Homicidal, its eighth studio album, this past September.
“It’s just a tide over and it gets us back on the road…but people are losing their minds over it,” Monoxide said of the new album.
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Included with purchase of the CD is a 28-page booklet with people’s “heartbreaking” stories. The only way to read these stories, however, is with a black light. The idea behind this unique packaging is that it allows fans to then use the liner notes as their own journal.
“Packaging is just as important as the music,” Monoxide said.
Aside from being on a national tour that will stop at the Intersection on Dec. 14, Monoxide and Madrox are looking forward to getting back into the studio. Monoxide says the new record is tentatively titled Dismembered, and is a big deal for the duo.
“It will be humongous … the biggest record we have released,” said Monoxide, who also said not even the duo’s label, Psychopathic Records, knows this title yet
While the Bill O’Reillys of society may view Twiztid, ICP, and the rest of the acts on Psychopathic Records as violent freaks, Monoxide and Madrox put little stock in the pundits.
“I’m not that pissed off right now … we got a career out of this s***,” Monoxide said. “A lot of bands came through Psychopathic and fell to the wayside. We did something right.”