Musically, I really like the darker, metallic direction a lot. I do miss 90s skate punk elements, but its all good. I love metal so I appreciate where this album goes. Production-wise, I hate what Matt Hyde did here. All the layered guitar tracks are not very well blended. The guitar sound is super thin. The bass guitar sub-woofer tone is overwhelming, and there is absolutely zero bass in the kick drum (I like the triggered click sounds, but there has to be bass to accompany it). The Kick drum on Blackhawks is totally opposite, all floppy sounding, not definition. I just really dislike Matt Hyde's sound in general.
The music on this album is fantastic. The anemic sound doesn't do it justice. Twisted By Design is an album for 100% perfect tone.
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