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Twiztid enjoyed taking the reins on latest album

of the Oakland Press

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After 13 years and eight studio albums, the Warren hip-hop duo Twiztid still looks for “other challenges,” according to the group’s Monoxide.

This year’s came in the form of Twiztid’s latest album, “Heartbroken & Homicidal,” which marks the first time he handled production duties for an entire album.

“It was an interesting procession, extremely trying,” says Monoxide, real name Paul Methric, who founded Twiztid with partner Jamie Madrox (né Spaniolo) after a stint in the group House of Krazees. “It’s hard enough just writing the songs, just writing the words and the lyrics. On top of that to throw the production into it, it was really tough, but I loved it. It was a good challenge.”

“Heartbroken” sports a more rock-flavored sound for the duo, with Stefanie Eulinberg from Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker band playing drums and singing on three tracks. “It shows people a different side of us,” says Monoxide, who was assisted by Eric Davie on the project. “Some like it, some don’t. But that’s with everything. You can’t please everybody.”

The album did debut at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 chart, Twiztid’s second highest bow after 2009’s “W.I.C.K.E.D.” Meanwhile, Monoxide and Jamie Madrox are confident their 2011 effort, tentatively titled “Dismembered” and ready to record in the new year, will be more instantly appealing to fans of Twiztid’s established horrorcore brand of hip-hop.

“It will be the most evil thing the industry’s ever heard,” Monoxide promises. “It will be the most evil thing to ever be released. We’re coming for that spot as hard as we can, so watch out for it.”

Twiztid, Just Blaze, AJAX and MicLordz and Sauce Funky perform Friday, Dec. 17, at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St. Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.

Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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