Twiztid Freek Show

Many individuals might prematurely dismiss Twiztid as simple imitations of their Dark Lotus elders Insane Clown Posse, but Twiztid are so much more than that. While ICP are starting to lose focus, the Twiztid duo of Jamie Madrox and Monoxide Child are picking up the pieces to take Detroit acid rap (perverted by the mainstream into horrorcore) to the next level. Sure, I'll be the first to admit that Twiztid make their share of mistakes on Freek Show, like the numerous stolen choruses from bad rock songs, the unfortunate attempts at singing and the completely unnecessary cover of "People Are Strange," which falls into both former categories. Additionally, they might not be brilliant artists, but when the Dark Carnival lyrics mesh with the hard, banging beats, like on "Mutant X," "Wut Tha Dead Like" (featuring ICP), "Where Itz Goin Down" (featuring Three Six Mafia, Blaze Ya Dead Homie and Anybody Killa) and "Maniac Killa" (featuring ICP and Blaze), the potential these two have to become the saviours of "horrorcore" is apparent. They've just got to learn that they must avoid that toxic mixture of rap-metal. Jamie Madrox's boastful Batman rhyme on "I Wanna Be..." may not be next school, but it's damn funny. Freek Show is not as good as Twiztid's Mostatesteless debut, but their second outing is a good attempt to match it. But then again, I have this unhealthy obsession with all that acid rap has spawned. (Universal)