Hardcore-metal group Twitching Tongues has treated each label signing as a stepping stone while giving back to the hardcore scene.
Co-creators of the group, brothers Colin and Taylor Young, are currently prepping to release a new full-length, Disharmony, with Metal Blade (King Diamond, Between The Buried And Me, Behemoth). The album will mark the band’s third full-length, as well as their third label deal. Interestingly, the move to Metal Blade stirred no bad blood.
“Late last year, Andy [Williams] of Every Time I Die got in the ear of [Metal Blade founder] Brian Slagel, and kept telling him about us,” explains Colin. Twitching Tongues met with their then-current label who agreed it was a great opportunity. “[Metal Blade] asked us to meet at a King Diamond show at the Wiltern Theatre in L.A. We got there, and it was like a total Wayne’s World Alice Cooper ‘We’re not worthy’ moment.”
“It’s important, regardless of our entrance to the metal world, that we still stay connected and are as involved as possible in hardcore.”
The meeting went well and the brothers were asked to stop by the Metal Blade offices. Less than an hour into negotiations, a deal was done. Says Colin, “It felt natural right away. ... The whole time, I really felt comfortable there.”
And in a strange twist, as part of the deal, the Young brothers requested their previous label, Closed Casket Activities, get to be involved in Twitching Tongues’ vinyl release of Disharmony.
“It’s important, regardless of our entrance to the metal world, that we still stay connected and are involved as possible in hardcore,” proclaims Colin.
Disharmony drops on Oct. 30.