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Interview:
Twiztid's Fright Fest, 3 Things to Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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Twiztid plans to bring plenty of treats and maybe a few tricks, to its 15th annual Fright Fest this week at the Majestic Theatre.



The show will be part of a big year for the Livonia-based rap duo, coming on the heels of its successful 2017 release "The Continuous Evilution of Life's ?'s ?'s" and a run on the final Vans Warped Tour during the summer. It also launched its Astronomicon pop culture festival earlier this year, with plans to return again in 2019.



In short, there's always something happening in the Magik Ninja Entertainment world of Paul "Monoxide" Methric and Jamie "Madrox" Spaniolo. And the duo wouldn't have it any other way...



Methric, 45, notes that Twiztid's Fright Fest has "taken on a life of its own. It's unbelievable. This is our Christmas, so to speak, time to let your hair down and really just go balls to the wall. I think everybody knows that, and it becomes not even a part of us. They have things going on in the parking lots, and with their costumes. It's just become a celebration more than a show." The duo is also releasing a new Halloween EP in conjunction with the show.



With Warped Tour pals Motionless in White also on the bill, Methric says Twiztid plans to make this year's Fright Fest a proverbial bigger and better than ever. "We have arena production for some reason. Every night on tour it's like we can't fit it all on stage. There's lights going all over the place. We have a huge video screen that plays debauchery, so if you get tired of watching me and Jamie you can look at this. The production is more elaborate than the venues we're playing -- and they hate us when they see us coming with all of it."



Twiztid has a number of other projects in motion, including its Twistzmas food drive, putting out other artists' music via its Magik Ninja label and a feature film. Top of the list, however, is a new album, which will be the duo's 12th studio set overall. "We did a lot of different things on this one, just so when we're talking about it we can say, 'Yeah, this is the best thing we've ever done. We did some crazy stuff. We went and got psychic reasons, we went to different places mentally to bring us to where we are. I really think this is the first time in our career we're going to make everybody happy; Whatever you love about Twiztid, whether you like the horrorcore or if you like the rock or the hard-core hip-hop, that's what this record will be. We just wanted to go above and behind, and I think we did it. This is gonna be a life-changer."



Twiztid's Fright Fest 2018, with Motionless in White, Chelsea Grin and Alla Xul Elu, takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave. Doors at 6 p.m. $30 advance, $35 day of show. A Fright Fest After Party with Blaze ya Dead Home, L.A.R.S. and others takes place at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave. Doors open at 10 a.m. $10 advance, $15 day of show. 248-377-0800 or visit majesticdetroit.com for both.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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