"Hatred" (Self-produced)

Reviewed by Jason Savage

Twytch is a metal/hardcore unit formed in Lowell, MA in 1998. They have created a huge buzz amongst the New England metal scene and have opened for a long list of nationals, including: Hatebreed, Powerman 5000, Sworn Enemy, Disturbed, Biohazard, Candiria, Diecast, Flotsam & Jetsam, Nile, Nonpoint, Shadows Fall, Skinlab, S.O.D., Testament, Lacuna Coil . . . the list goes on and on.

This six song disc opens with "Hatred," which kicks you in the ass from note one! Matt's vocals switch with ease between heartfelt cleans and gravel gargled screams as the music pummels the eardrums into submission. I can't help but look to start a pit with this one! I was pleasantly surprised to hear a guitar solo, something ol' Kirk Hammett forgot how to do on "St. Anger"! 

Other standout tracks in the heavier realm include: "Echoes," "Know Remorse" (with a vocal passage that reminded me of Megadeth's "Dawn Patrol,") "Enemy" and "Swallow the Stitches."

The guitars throughout this demo invoked pure evil and left me wanting more as they crept closely along the borders of the old school! The drumming shredded me like a firing squad, while the bass lines made my ears bleed!

By the end, I was left wondering how Matt's voice makes it through a whole set. His screams sounded immensely painful at times, yet very effective. Twytch serves up the blueprint for this style and should not be taken lightly. If you aren't ready to stay in the pit for their whole set, you might want to think about catching the quickest ride to the nearest venue where you can find the latest boy band du jour lip synching!

Twitch: Matt McChesney- vocals; Isaias Martinez- guitar; Brian "Bubba" Joyce- drums; Joe "The Ham" Martinez- bass; Tony Zimmerman - 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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