Twisted Method

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Twisted Method
Origin Cape Coral, Florida, US
Genres Nu metal[1]
Years active 1998–2005, 2012–present
Labels MCA
Associated acts Makeshift Romeo
Members Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett
Ben Goins
Tony Elchert
Derek DeSantis
Past members Andrew Howard

Twisted Method is an American nu metal band from Cape Coral, Florida. Formed in 1998, the band released one full-length studio album in 2003 and disbanded in 2005 after guitarist, Andrew Howard, was found dead.[2] The band eventually reunited in 2012.[3]


Initial career (1998–2005)[edit]

Twisted Method was founded in 1998 after its band members met each other at Mariner High School.[2]

The band signed a five-year, $5.5 million contract with MCA Records in 2002, the label issuing the band's first and only album Escape from Cape Coma in July of the following year. The title is a sarcastic reference to their home town, which they described as a place where "old people retire - it's like the walking dead".[2][4][5][6]

Geffen Records, who had recently been acquired by MCA Records, bought the band a spot on the second stage of the 2003 Ozzfest tour.[2][7] Despite being in contract limbo for quite a while, things were looking up when Geffen indicated they would finance a second album, even putting them on tour with Dope twice in 2004 and recording demos in June with Edsel Dope. They toured with Dope and Motograter in 2004 as part of the American Apathy tour.[8]

Hiatus and the death of Andrew Howard (2005)[edit]

In July 2005, Twisted Method went on an "indefinite hiatus" after guitarist Andrew Howard and drummer Ben Goins had quit the band.[9] Howard left because he wanted to be with his family after becoming a father,[10] and Goins found Christianity.[11]

Andrew Howard was found dead on Friday afternoon of September 16, 2005. He was 23 years old.[2] To this day, his cause of death still remains unsolved.[4][dead link]

Post-breakup (2006–2011)[edit]

Remaining Twisted Method members, Derrick Tribbett and Derek DeSantis quickly formed a new group named MakeShift Romeo.[2]

Aside from Makeshift Romeo, vocalist Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett is filling in on bass for Dope, and bassist Derek DeSantis has joined the band EkoTren, who is currently on tour with Ill Niño. Tribbett also recorded solo material under the name Sinister and collaborated with John Rich.[12]

Reunion (2012–present)[edit]

On October 28, 2012, Twisted Method performed a reunion show at the Dixie Roadhouse in Cape Coral, Florida.[13] Tony Elchert of EkoTren and Virus of Dope both filled in for Andrew Howard on guitar.[3]

On December 19, 2014, the band once again performed a reunion show. This time it was at The Buddha in Fort Myers, Florida.

Band members[edit]

Initial line-up[2]
Reunion lineup[3]
  • Derrick "Tripp" Tribbett – vocals
  • Tony Elchert – drums
  • Virus – guitar
  • Derek DeSantis – bass


Self Titled Demo (1998)[edit]

  1. "Let Me Down"
  2. "Postal"
  3. "Get Up"
  4. "Bombs"
  5. "Pain"

Escape from Cape Coma (2003)[edit]

  1. "The End" – 3:17
  2. "Fled" – 3:58
  3. "Reach" – 3:36
  4. "Change Me" – 3:23
  5. "Inside Out" – 4:09
  6. "Mannequin" – 3:04
  7. "Awkward Silence" – 4:10
  8. "Panic" – 2:47
  9. "Shine" – 3:56
  10. "Rot" – 3:18
  11. "125" – 2:58
  12. "Newborn" – 4:44
  13. "Faceless" – 2:47


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Twisted Method – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sharpe-Young, Garry (2005) "Twisted Method", in New Wave of American Heavy Metal, Zonda Books Limited, ISBN 978-0-9582684-0-0, p. 337-8
  3. ^ a b c "Reunited TWISTED METHOD Plays First Show In Almost Eight Years; Video Footage, Photos Available",, November 4, 2012, retrieved 2012-11-04
  4. ^ a b Cape Coral Daily Breeze, "Musician’s mysterious death angers father, frustrates police", Posted February 18, 2007. Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Loud Rock Q&A: Twisted Method", CMJ New Music Report, June 2, 2003, retrieved 2010-06-05
  6. ^ Gonshor, Adam (2003) "Interview: Success is Near for Twisted Method",, August 25, 2003, retrieved 2010-06-05
  7. ^ de Yampert, Rick (2004) "Out of a 'Coma': Metal Band Escapes Hometown", Daytona Beach News-Journal, August 27, 2004
  8. ^ "Bands excited about Apathy tour", Deseret News, October 8, 2004
  9. ^ "For The Record: Quick News On Lil' Kim, Britney And Christina, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Madonna & More", MTV, September 19, 2005, retrieved 2010-06-05
  10. ^ "Former TWISTED METHOD Guitarist ANDY HOWARD Dead At 23 Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.",, September 17, 2005, retrieved 2010-06-05
  11. ^ Metal Underground, "Twisted Method Singer Leaves, Band Breaks Up", Posted June 9, 2005.
  12. ^ "Former TWISTED METHOD Frontman/DOPE Bassist Releases 'Club Criminal' Video Archived 2011-06-06 at the Wayback Machine.",, March 7, 2010, retrieved 2010-06-05
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