Earlier this month we unleashed the world premiere of “Unjust Love,” a collaboration between smash horror hip-hop duo Twiztid and Boone of rap-rockers Rehab (if you missed it, you can have a listen right here). That song is one of nine new tracks from their forthcoming “mixtape” album A New Nightmare, which finds the Twiztid team of Madrox and Monoxide in collaboration with a huge spectrum of other artists. In the run-up to that record's release, we had a chance to chat with Twiztid about the origins of the project, their upcoming headline performance at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare this October, and much more!
FEARnet: How did the first two stages of the Abominationz tour go?
MADROX: The first and second leg were massive. We played the most sold out shows we've ever played to date.
MONOXIDE: This tour has easily been our most well-received. To be able to keep on taking it out because of its own success is amazing. Every stage and facet has increased.
How have the fans been responding to the new songs performed live?
MONOXIDE: The Abominationz material has been going over extremely well. People lose their minds when we perform songs like “Bad Side” & “Unstoppable,” so I'm really appreciative of that. The crowds have been wild and unruly, and we wouldn't have it any other way. My brother and I have really been stepping up our game on the live performance aspect of things.
What kind of horror visuals do you bring to your live performance for this tour?
MADROX: We have a gigantic video wall that we perform in front of each and every night. We have everything from clips from our favorite horror movies and shows, like Halloween, Friday the 13th and The Walking Dead. It's the perfect complement to our ever-evolving live performance.
MONOXIDE: It's mayhem when we're live on stage, with never-before-seen videos, or murder mash-ups, and whatever else we come up with. It definitely isn't just us up there.
How much of the Abominationz tour is still left to go?
MONOXIDE: The official third leg leaves in August, and it's actually the biggest of the three. Bigger in every way.
MADROX: It's going to be the last of this era of shows dedicated to the Abominationz release, so don't miss out!
What was the inspiration for doing multiple team-ups on A New Nightmare?
MADROX: My brother and I enjoy doing collaboration efforts all the time, and the concept of us putting out a full record under that guise is the inspiration behind this release for sure. We have some really great tracks that are sure to become instant underground classics. I'm extremely excited to see everyone's reaction when it hits store shelves.
We got some great feedback on "Unjust Love," with Boone from Rehab. Can you clue us in on some of the other collaborations?
MADROX: We're honored to say we have a whole bunch of guests on the record, and with each feature a special sound was created. We have one track called “Wasted” about partaking in the age-old pastime of getting intoxicated and high, as well as other things. This track is 10 minutes long and features us, AJAX, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Bukshot, JAHred of (Hed)pe, Jelly Roll, Lil Wyte, Johnny Richter of Kottonmouth Kings, and Liquid Assassin. That track is slamming for sure. I'll speak of one other track that's special, as it features the return of the Legendary House of Krazees: that track is called “Monstrosity,” and it is beyond amazing.
Are you planning on doing more mixtapes like this in the future?
MADROX: I never rule anything out, and I'm sure we will. This one was so much fun recording that it's an almost definite that we'll do one again.
It's awesome to hear you guys are headlining at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. Are you fans of Rob's work?
MADROX: Absolutely, we love his music and his movies. I grew up on White Zombie's La Sexorsisto, and when House of 1000 Corpses came out I was super-excited to be the first in line to see it. When I found out that Zombie was set to do a re-imagining of Halloween, I lost my shit.
I wondered about that, because you told us a while back that Michael Myers is one of your favorite horror characters. What did you think of Rob's spin on Michael?
MADROX: I love it! Rob's take is much more gritty and more violent than its predecessor. Make no mistake, John Carpenter's Halloween is and always will be special to me, but Rob's vision of a young Michael Myers is original and refreshing to fans like me, who always wondered what little Mikey Myers was like as a child, and more importantly what would drive him to become the maniac we all know and love. I believe Rob did just that, and I thank him for it.
Rob and his partners are premiering some pretty wild haunted attractions at that show. Will you get a chance to visit any of those?
MONXIDE: We'll make our way through for sure. We're extremely excited about the whole event.
MADROX: We love that kinda shit! To get a chance to see some of the top-notch spectacles Great American Nightmare has in store would be truly amazing.
MONOXIDE: Just to be involved in something like this is special... it's Rob Zombie, for cryin' out loud! His name alone can get pretty much any performer worth a spit to get on board, and somehow we're in it! Awesome!
What's your favorite way to celebrate Halloween?
MONOXIDE: On stage, in front of a packed house full of the Fam! Halloween is like our Christmas, so it's extremely special to us. We have our annual Halloween tour called Fright Fest, and it's massive!
MADROX: My favorite thing to do is take my kids trick-or-treating. That's an important tradition to me, and it reminds me of when my parents would take me as a child. The night air, the screams, and the candy... what more could children from 1 to 92 ask for? Sometimes when we're in town, me and my brother paint up a la Twiztid and take our kids out for some tricks-n-treats, and it's awesome when the parents in the neighborhood are like "Holy shit... Twiztid? What are you guys doing here?" Of course, performing at Fright Fest is also an honor. I really think that Halloween is one of the greatest times of the year, and I think our listeners can agree, judging by the sold-out shows and Family in attendance.
You've been doing a lot of movie and TV appearances lately, like the Over/Under pilot for USA Network...
MONOXIDE: We had a blast doing that! The cast and crew were extremely nice, and they all felt like we were in the wrong business by shooting's end. Just a really great experience all around.
MADROX: Unfortunately USA didn't pick up the series, although they did air the pilot we were a part of. Apparently the network received an overwhelming amount of requests to air the pilot, and they were kind enough to do so, so I'm truly thankful for that. As for what it could have been, only the imagination can pretend to know: recurring roles for me and Monoxide, craft services, our own private trailers... an aspiring actor can only dream.
I imagine there's a Twiztid horror movie lurking somewhere in the near future. Has anyone approached you about working on that kind of project?
MADROX: We've been approached on a few occasions, but due to scheduling and other unforeseen problems, we had to pass. I believe the perfect horror movie part is out there right now in Hollywood, buried in the manuscript of some genius of a writer and/or director that's willing to give our ugly faces a chance in front of the camera lens.
Any other horror projects in the works?
MONOXIDE: We have sleeves full of stuff... movies, cartoons, clothing, music and more!
A New Nightmare is set to drop on Tuesday, July 30th, and you can currently preorder an autographed copy of the CD at this link.