TWISTED TOWER DIRE: Virginia Power Metallers To Headline NC Metalfest

September 28th, 2011

Virginia-based power metal heavyweights TWISTED TOWER DIRE perform as one of the main headliners of the NC Metalfest in Wilson, North Carolina. Scheduled to take place Saturday, October 8th, the full-day affair features three stages, with 30 bands from across the country performing, and showcasing TWISTED TOWER DIRE will headlining the festivities alongside Widow, Blatant Disarray and more.

TWISTED TOWER DIRE features guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture), bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement), and vocalist Johnny Aune (Viper) now replacing previous singer Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident in February 2010.

Released in May via Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music, TWISTED TOWER DIRE‘s latest full-length Make It Dark showcases some of the most matured and well-honed material in the band’s sixteen year history, culminating their pillar elements of rock/metal above the general standards into a classy, high-energy, eight-song masterpiece.

Stay tuned for more news in the coming months as TWISTED TOWER DIRE schedule more live appearances and begin work on the follow-up to Make It Dark.


 “Along with bands like Jag Panzer and Pharaoh, they’ve championed the American style of power metal…” – Decibel


“…a terrific release that signals Twisted Tower Dire’s emphatic return to the forefront of traditional heavy metal. 9/10” – Metal Assault


“Make It Dark is everything a traditional metal album should sound like. 9/10″ – Hardrock Haven


“…one of the best hidden traditional metal acts in America today.” – Metal Army America


“…the band’s new material is top notch, over the top and well above that of their peers in the American underground traditional heavy metal genre. 4.5/5” – Metal-Rules


“Make It Dark will make unbelievers, believers.” – Blistering



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TWISTED TOWER DIRE: Fifth Album Set For May Release Via Cruz Del Sur Music

April 13th, 2011


Virginia-based classic metal outfit TWISTED TOWER DIRE have completed their fifth full-length album, Make It Dark, which is set for North American release by Italy’s Cruz Del Sur Music on May 3, 2011.


TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s name has been synonymous with uncompromising classic heavy metal since its inception in 1995. Formed out of “a stubborn hatred for the ’90s anti-metal culture,” the band have always been able to maintain a respectable profile, not following transitory trends but keeping true to their original metal beliefs.


After their 2007 release Netherworlds, TWISTED TOWER DIRE took a short break which included the entry of new singer Johnny Aune (Viper) replacing Tony Taylor, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident on February 6th, 2010. Rounding out the current lineup is bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement) and guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture).


In terms of songwriting, TWISTED TOWER DIRE’s fifth full-length Make It Dark represents probably the most mature album the band has written to date. With a direct approach, the band has been able to write a very compact-sounding release, made of some immediate hit songs as well as others marked with more traditional TTD taste. Make It Dark is the sum of those elements which are the pillars of rock/metal music in general and that are so greatly expressed by the band in this release: guitar and vocal melodies above the standards, catchy refrains and most important of all, the feeling that each and every one of these songs bears the potential to become a new metal classic! Strengthened by Chris Salamone’s (While Heaven Wept) post-studio work, and features cover art by UK artist Martin Hanford (Slough Feg, Bal Sagoth, Warhammer).


TTD have confirmed their next live appearance on May 20th in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will be announcing more live actions over the coming months in support of the new album.



5/20/2011 Kings – Raleigh, NC w/ Colossus, Volture, Sex Panther



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July 23rd, 2009


Interview with guitarist Scott Waldrop of Twisted Tower Dire

Conducted by Robert Williams

There are very few American metal acts that play the style of traditional heavy metal that Twisted Tower Dire have so long embraced. It could be argued that the band’s influences lean more towards classic British metal than anything. Formed in 1995 in West Virginia; Twisted Tower Dire has survived lineup changes, seen record labels come and go and beared witness to an ever shifting musical climate and has still managed to steadily release quality classic metal albums throughout the years. First with "The Curse Of Twisted Tower" in 1999 followed shortly there after with 2001’s "The Isla Of Hydra" Piet Sielck of Iron Savior fame lent his producer skills to "Crest of The Martyr’s" in 2005, while the 2007 release "Netherworlds" marked the swansong of longtime vocalist Tony Taylor.

Now relocated to North Carolina, the band is enjoying playing as a reinvigorated unit; given their second wind so to speak, with the addition of new vocalist Johnny Aune. Founding member and lead guitarist Scott Waldrop recently took the time to fill me in on all things Twisted Tower Dire.


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