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Twisted Motivations - 2002 Red Shift

Kevin Colo - the music
Darrell Pingree - vocals, lyrics

Unfortunately this is going to be a fairly short review. I would have liked to give you some information about Twisted Motivations, but their website isn't forthcoming. However, what I can give you is an insight into the music produced by the duo of Kevin and Darrell. Though they're a duo, the sound on 'Red Shift' is excellent. Full, layered and crystal clear. Kevin has done a sterling job with the production. Musically they are extremely tight. Twisted Motivations have gone for a progressive sound mixed with the technicality and power of 80's metal bands such as Annihilator, Testament and Sanctuary. Kevin is a very talented guitarist and has created some stomping riffs, which are backed up by good use of melody and variation of pace. Vocalist and lyricist Darrell Pingree is also very accomplished with a mid to high range voice like that of Corburn Parr mixed with Warrel Dane. The lyrics are slightly spiritual and very thought provoking.

The Songs
For the most part the tracks on 'Red Shift' are based on Kevin mixing crunchy riffs with softer progressive passages. 'Apocolyptic Reflections' begins in a melancholic fashion but then speeds up with Darrell impressing vocally. It takes a little while but 'For The Truth' finally takes off. A solid heavy rocker. 'Tides Of Hate' is formed around a cool acoustic riff that mingles with heavy Annihilator style riffing. For the next couple of tracks it gets quite progressive. The title track and 'Marjan' change pace often and are very structured and technical. That could be said for most of the album actually. The band lose ground momentarily with the lackluster 'Broken Orion' and short instrumental 'Autumn Days'. Things get a little more melodic with 'Man Of Stone'. Some nice lead work by Kevin and good vocals by Darrell. Closing track 'Unbeliever', like 'Broken Orion', doesn't bring anything too exciting to the table and ends the album on a slightly limp note.

In Summary
Kevin and Darrell are clearly talented musicians and songwriters but I feel they need a little more warmth in the music, which leaves you a little cold at times due to its technicality. Apart from a couple of average tracks, 'Red Drift' is a good start and should get the guys noticed.

Track Time: 55.58

Track Listing:
01 Apocolyptic Reflections
02 For The Truth
03 Tides Of Hate
04 Red Shift
05 Marjan
06 Broken Orion
07 Autumn Days
08 Man Of Stone
09 Unbeliever

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