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"Live Till You Die" (Relapse)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

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Today Is The Day, eclectic warriors of hate and frustration, offers their first live disc with "Live Till You Die." By combining the best elements of sludge, noise, and metal-core into one visceral package Today Is The Day actually offers something new and worthy of attention.  One schizophrenic track after another yields interesting and varied results that spark interest in the dark corners of the listener's mind.

Fierce loathing seeps from every pore of Today Is The Day as the band dredges up everything from the noisy chaos of "Crutch" to (gasp!) the damn-near beautiful acoustic ruminations of "Ripped Off." Today Is The Day is at their best when they simply let loose with "The Color Of Psychic Power" and "High As The Sky" being premier examples of their sound. The guys in Today Is the Day probably adore serial killers as icons; or, at least, they adore masochists as the song "The Man Who Loved To Hurt Himself" attests to with little or no elegance - and that's a good thing.

But everything isn't so serious. Three cover songs recorded in the studio open the window (just a crack if you didn't notice) by showing a lighter, and humorous, side of the band. Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love," Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game," and the Beatles' "Why Don't We Do It In The Road" all get a brutal treatment form Steve Austin and the boys.

"Live Till You Die" is not for the faint of heart. 

Today Is The Day is Steve Austin on bass and vocals, Chris Debari on guitars, and Brann Dailor on drums. 

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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