- Walter Novak
"It's kind of an angel-and-devil thing. I want something angelic to go against my screaming. I guess I play the devil."
Dwid, vocalist and mastermind of the pummeling hardcore outfit Integrity, is talking about his concept for the band's final show. He sounds a little stoned. He keeps hollering to another person in the room for information. Tomorrow, he's auditioning a female singer. Maybe she'll add the contrast to his caterwauling snarl that he's looking for.
Since forming in Lakewood in '89, Integrity has been more a concept than a fixed crew and, consequently, the victim of innumerable lineup changes. The high turnover rate is testament to who's actually the brains behind the brawn. Through the years, Integrity has really just been Dwid and whoever he happens to be hanging out with, making the last-show thing something of a misnomer.
"It's pretty much been just me anyway," he says.
Along the way, he's sung, sequenced, and done programming for at least five other projects. Pitching in for the final show are Odious Sanction's Gene Burnworth and Justin Endres, Spawn's John Capri, and Eric Elkins of Cryptkicker. Meanwhile, Dwid already has his hands in a new project tentatively called Motoguzzi, which will sound something like Integrity, he says, but "more rock-oriented."
Still, Dwid's claim to fame is with Integrity: It's played Europe eight times. It has five full-length albums on Victory Records and has released innumerable EPs and seven-inches. It has legions of adoring, headbanging fans. To the bands still looking for the stairway to heaven, it might seem a bit crack-brained for Dwid simply to call it quits. He dismisses this. "Mostly I'm just sick of the name."