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Twyster - 2005 Xplode


TWYSTER - XPLODE (2005, MASSACRE RECORDS)
Kordula 'Coco' Voss - vocals
Ralf Jahnel - guitars
Oliver Emde - bass
Andreas Vergara-Ruiz - drums


Background
From the same mould that cast out bands such as Warlock and Zed Yago come fellow German metallers Twyster. The similarities abound because of lead singer Coco Voss, who emulates the likes of Doro Pesch and Jutta Weinhold with ease. Though signed to Massacre Records, home to many a prog metal act these days, Twyster come at you with a basic but edgy variety of no nonsense metal. In some ways like a poor mans Pink Cream 69. Straight as a die, in your face, bordering on speed metal at times, similar to the likes of mid-eighties Accept and the aforementioned Warlock. I would have to say though that Doro and Coco go head-to-head in the looks department, but surely anybody is better looking than Udo Dirkschneider! Enough humor. Twyster have been with us since 1997, a fixture on the German scene since then. Their debut album 'Lunatic Siren' was released in 2002, the only personnel change being the loss of guitarist Christian Gahmann. That album was notable for the humorous cover of A-Ha's 'The Sun Always Shines On TV'. A severe piss-take? I think so. They also moonlight as a covers band called the Wounded Ducks, but it is as Twyster that we are interested in.



The Songs
Their account is opened with the speed/fury of (wait for it) 'The Fury'. The double bass drum attack complimented by the upfront vocals of Coco. 'Push Me Down' takes a Pink Cream 69 approach, melodic, less metal more hard rock. Continuing this style is 'Under The Elms', the nod toward Denis Ward and co should be taken as a compliment. Even on a track like 'Sinister Grin', the brakes are applied, the hard rock nuances coming into play more so than metal. Dropping off the pace altogether is the beautiful piano laced ballad 'Follow The Storm'. Wow, what a turn-up for the books! This could very well be a Nightwish track, the Tarja Turunen like operatic vocals an absolute stand-out. Elsewhere, 'Side By Side' keeps the 80's flag flying high while 'Icons Of Steel' does so similarly. Even 'Don't Say A Word' keeps the crunch value up high, the slight blues-oriented offset keeping things interesting through the middle. The last track 'Sweet Nail' sounds like a metalized version of a nu-breed track. Not bad at all, and I could imagine a couple of American pretenders copying this style.

In Summary
Twyster are not as complicated as many of their labelmates, and surely the eighties rock/metal pigeonhole though hardly original, is offset by the energy and enthusiasm. Worth a listen, if not for the balls to the walls sound, and the delicate yet powerful voice of Ms Voss. Check out 'Follow The Storm' to hear her potential.

URL: www.twyster.de

Track Listing
01 The Fury
02 Push Me Down
03 Dying Eyes
04 Under The Elms
05 The Storm Is Back
06 Sinister Grin
07 Follow The Storm
08 Xplode
09 Don't Say A Word
10 Never Die
11 Side By Side
12 Icon Of Steel
13 Sweet Nail

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