When it comes to sheer awe, few bands can demolish it like Today Is The Day. On their excellent, 2000 CD “Live Till You Die” [Relapse Records] they shred, level, burn, and obliterate any notion of conventional musical theory. Pushing the very limits of extremity, they fuse elements of Industrial, harsh Punk, Death, and acoustic instrumentations that are both atmospheric as well as aggressive. Steve Austin and his crew have created a bludgeoning, vicious, and sublimely beautiful excursion into Armageddon.
Stark, harsh, and surreal—Today Is The Day doesn’t scratch the surface of reality…they reinvent it in chaos. Shrill, screeching growls fluidly interchange with clean vocals, metallic riffing, disjointed samples, and melancholy acoustic passages. The result is primordial soundscapes that dredge the deepest, darkest depths of the soul, and the universe. This is Metalcore at it’s finest, and fiercest.
Every song is unique, each with its own wicked charm. “Ripped Off (Acoustic)” is a surrealistic, journey that is stoic and trippy. Their cover of Chris Isaak‘s “Wicked Game” is an eerie, dark vision with a whacked Twin Peaks vibe…and an absolute essential cut. “Temple Of The Morning Star” is a frantic declaration of power and pain. The opening cut, “The Color of Psychic Power,” brutally paints an image with shrieks, deep growls, clean vocals, powerful rhythms, and blasting guitar licks.
The best cut though, is their razor against bone cover of Bad Company‘s “Feel Like Makin’ Love.” They make this song their own. Shredding growls over bludgeoning, distorted guitars easily transition between softer, clean vocals accompanied melodic instrumentation. This is one of the best covers I have ever heard. It highlights the brilliance of Today Is The Day….
This is an essential work, and definitely one of the best releases of 2000. It is still as fresh, vital, and awe-inspiring today as it was three years ago. The soundtrack for the end of the world is here, and Today Is The Day glories in the discord. Get it! This one will appeal to all fans of Brutal/Extreme Metals. It’s an absolute, essential classic. Stay savage. Farewell.
Related Bands: Nasum, Brutal Truth, Fear Factory, Soulstorm, Unsane, Luddite Clone, All Else Failed, Hate Theory, Uphill Battle, Hatebreed, Buried Alive, Hoods, A18, Sworn Enemy, etc.
Keep the faith, and the AGGRESSION. War.
Bill Vogel III
Email at: StrangeAeons@hatebox.net
Courtesy of Stranger Aeons Magazine.