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Twisted Method

Formed: 1998
From: Cape Coral, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Twisted Method News

Below is our complete Twisted Method news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Dope Signs To Koch Records

KOCH Records has announced the signing of Chicago-based hard-rock/nu-metal act Dope. The band’s fifth release titled "No Regrets" will be released on June 10th, 2008.

Dope lead vocalist / rhythm guitarist Edsel Dope and long time lead guitarist Virus have revamped Dope’s line-up for "No Regrets." Joining the band on bass guitar and backing vocals is Tripp Tribbet (former lead vocalist for Ozzfest 2002 band Twisted Method and younger brother of Mudvayne/ HellYeah guitarist Greg Tribbet). On drums, Dope recruited former Genitorturers drummer Angel Bartolotta.

Zack Wylde lent his signature guitar squeals to Dope on the new track “Addiction.” A video for “Addiction” is currently in development.

Dope recently completed a U.S. headlining tour showcasing new tracks from "No Regrets" including the track “Violence” for which they shot a video during the tour. A snippet of the unmixed track is up on the band’s website now. On the West Coast leg of the tour, Dope was direct support for Black Label Society at the request of Zakk Wylde.

Dope has recently returned to Chicago and is currently mixing their upcoming KOCH Records debut with producer/engineer Tadpole, who recently completed the tracking on the upcoming Disturbed album.

Another one of Dope’s new tracks “Nothing Here for Me” is featured on the new Guitar Hero 3 video game and will be included as a bonus track on "No Regrets." More...

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Twisted Method Guitarist's Death Still A Mystery

The News-Press is reporting that it could take weeks to determine what killed the former guitarist for popular Cape Coral, Florida rock band TWISTED METHOD, according to the District 21 Medical Examiner's Office.

Andy Howard, 23, died Friday (Sept. 16) in bed at his home, police reported.

The medical examiner's office hasn’t ruled on a cause of death, and it's awaiting results from blood work and toxicology.

TWISTED METHOD manager Charlie Pennachio said the medical examiner told him Howard probably died of heart disease, but the office wouldn't confirm that Monday afternoon.

A visitation is schedule from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Fuller Funeral Home, 1910 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. Relatives and friends are invited.

Funeral services haven't been scheduled.

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Twisted Method Guitarist Found Dead

Former TWISTED METHOD guitarist Andy Howard was reportedly found dead in his bed Friday afternoon (September 16). He was 23 years old. Howard left TWISTED METHOD back in May, citing his desire to take care of his twin girls at home as the reason for his departure.

According to The News-Press, TWISTED METHOD were one of only two rock acts to originate in Lee County, Florida and go on to sign national recording contracts. The band were signed to MCA in 2002 and released "Escape from Cape Coma" the following year. In 2003, the band were tapped to perform on the second stage at Ozzfest.

Over the past two years, TWISTED METHOD continued to tour and and bring new "inmates" (as they called their fans) to their asylum of sound. Their first show back home after Ozzfest at the defunct Neptune's was sold out and their performance at radio station 99X's X-Fest stole the show from more popular bands such as PUDDLE OF MUDD and TRAPT.

Following TWISTED METHOD's split in June, the group's vocalist, Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, formed a new project called MAKESHIFT ROMEO with ex-TWISTED METHOD bassist Derek DeSantis (who plays guitar in the new band). The new group also includes ex-MOTOGRATER bassist Jonny Nailz and former SLITHERYN drummer Tom "T-Bone" Burke.

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Makeshift Romeo Seek Second Guitarist

MAKESHIFT ROMEO, featuring former members of TWISTED METHOD and MOTOGRATER, are hunting for a second guitarist to join the fold in Fort Meyers, Florida. Head to their MySpace, where they recently uploaded two new songs - the tracks 'Hurt Me', and 'The Way I Was', for more information.


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Twisted Method Singer Leaves, Band Breaks Up

Mark S. Krzos of News-Press.com has issued the following report:

After just one CD, "Escape from Cape Coma", metal band TWISTED METHOD is no more.

Last week, Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett, the lead vocalist for the Cape Coral-based band that formed after members at Mariner High School, announced on its Web site that two members were leaving for other pursuits.

On Thursday (June 9), the band's manager Charlie Pennachio, confirmed that drummer Ben Goins and guitarist Andy Howard left the band.

"I'm floored," said Pennachio, adding that the split was not about creative differences. "They were building on something. They were ready to start work on a new record and they have a DVD with two new songs coming out later this summer." The DVD will be available through twistedmethod.com.

About a month ago, Howard (not to be confused with THE UNKNOWN's Andy Howard, the only other Lee band to be signed by a major label) announced that he couldn't be involved in the recording sessions in Chicago.

"He has twins and he needed to be with his family," Pennachio said.
Tribbett said being on the road and playing in sweaty nightclubs is not the way to raise children.

"The road beats you up, man," he said.

Shortly after the Chicago sessions, Goins met with Pennachio and announced that he too was leaving.

"He left the band for God," said an incredulous Pennachio. "I thought he was joking at first. I mean, I know he always had a Christian faith, but I guess now he's taking it to a more serious level."

Tribbett said TWISTED METHOD's in-your-face attitude and apparent hostility was mostly an act.

"We weren't the most polite band ... and I think he realized he just didn't want to deal with the road’s temptations anymore," Tribbett said.

Read the rest of the article at News-Press.com.

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Twisted Method On 'Hold', Drummer Turns to Christ

TWISTED METHOD are effectivly now on "hold" and has taken a backseat to a side project between MOTOGRATER's Jonny Nails, SLITHERYN's Tommy Burke, and TWISTED METHOD's Tripp Tribbet and Derek DeSantis.

Despite having completed work on their 2nd album, with DOPE frontman Edsel Dope producing, the band has suffered setbacks with two members leaving. Following the trend of Head from KORN, drummer Ben Goins has "turned to Christ" and Andy Howard has departed to focus on family life after becoming a father.

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Motograter Drop Off Tour American Head Charge Join

Motograter look to have dropped off of the upcoming "New Level Of Aggression Tour 2004" in favor of performing on the "American Apathy Tour" alongside Dope and Twisted Method. As a result, American Head Charge have now taken their place on the trek, which will also feature Dry Kill Logic. A full list of dates is expected shortly.

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Twisted Method Not On Ozzfest 2004

TWISTED METHOD, contrary to online reports, will not be playing on this years Ozzfest 2004. Instead, the group is setting their sights on releasing their 1st single (which will be 'Reach'), shooting a video for it, getting on another tour, and proving a few more points to their fans.

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