Twiztid – “Gylph” review

This is the 16th full-length album from Detroit hip hop/rock duo Twiztid. Consisting of Jamie Madrox & Monoxide, they originally started out as part of the House of Krazees alongside childhood friend The R.O.C. in 1992 before their initial disbandment 5 years later. Almost immediately after, the Insane Clown Posse took Jamie & Mono under their wings by signing them to Psychopathic Records as the demented duo they’re known as today. They would become the label’s 2nd biggest act being their mentors off projects like Mostasteless, Freek Show, Mirror Mirror, The Green Book, W.I.C.K.E.D. (Wish I Could Kill Every Day) & Abominationz. Shortly after the latter was released, Twiztid left Psychopathic to form Majik Ninja Entertainment in 2014. Since then they’ve released 6 albums & 7 EPs on their own label, my favorite of which being Revelashen. Their full-fledged rock debut Unlikely Prescription was a bit mediocre in my opinion but ahead of the follow up produced by Zeuss dropping in the new year containing more rapping & wicked shit, Twiztid’s returning to their hip hop roots on Glyph.

“Keepin’ 1” is an upbeat rap rock opener produced by Str8jaket with Jamie & Mono talking about doing fine & still being here whereas “Stab” takes the trap route thanks to the artist formerly known as Young Wicked himself James Garcia spitting the wicked shit. “Fallin N Love W Some1 Who Hates U” works in some synthesizers courtesy of Fritz the Cat with the title speaking for itself as far as subject matter goes, but then the Eastside Ninjas get together for “360” returning to the trap sound provided by Stir Crazy giving the middle finger to everyone hating on them.

Meanwhile on “Signs of a Villain”, we have Twiztid over a trap metal instrumental from Grady Finch of Oh! The Horror revealing that the red flags of an antagonist are everything you hate never changing leading into one of my favorites on the album Never / Reboot” talking about this shit never stopping despite the beat here being a bit minimal. “Dig Another Hole” has a bit of an industrial flare to it speaking on trying not to lose control while the song “Clown” talks about not being suckers even if their tears amuse you over a somber trap beat. The penultimate track “HD” almost has a Middle Eastern vibe to the instrumental advising to ask someone if you forgot who they are & “Guts” finishes things with a trap metal horrorcore anthem.

It’s already been a decade since these guys have left Psychopathic to start MNE & the fact that they’re still putting out great material like this at the rate they do is astonishing to me because I could argue that Glyph is the 2nd best post-PSY album that Twiztid has done behind /ˌrevəˈlāSH⁽ᵊ⁾n/. Primarily because of them returning to their horrorcore roots for the first time since Mad Season & the experimentation with new sounds like trap metal within the production.

Score: 4/5

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