"Escape from Cape Coma" (MCA; 2003)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton


Twisted Method's "Escape from Cape Coma" is nu-metal in the Disturbed vein, and that's not a bad thing. The songs contained herein are, for the most part, fast-paced rockers featuring driving, edgy guitars, hook-laden choruses and vocals that run the gamut from blood-curdling scream to lounge singer smooth. (Listening to "The End" and then to "Awkward Silence," one would be hard-pressed to recognize that the same singer belts out both).

Lyrically, the band could use a dose of originality. The angst poured out in the songs on "Escape" may be genuine, but it's often so cliché that it's almost unintentionally funny. And we could have done without track #9 completely; "Shine" sounds like it could have come off the last Limp Bizkit CD and seems really out of place here. 

Still, the band's energy and the astonishingly diverse vocal range of lead singer Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett prove that there's still lots of life in nu-metal. Their performance at this year's Ozzfest brought lots of attention to the band and "Escape from Cape Coma" is sure to bring more.

Twisted Method: Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett - vocals; Derek DeSantis - bass; Ben Goins - drums; Andrew Howard - guitar.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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