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Today is the Day’s “Mother’s Ruin”

Yesterday, I was blowing up Twitter/Facebook making jokes about music I like. It started with this:

Agoraphobic Nosebleed is my favorite light jazz band.

Then to here:

Nasum is my favorite children’s music band.

And here:

Deicide is my favorite Christian-rock/blues-fusion jam band.

And finally here:

Andrew Bird is my favorite black metal artist.

Just a moment ago, I was going to make another joke with the video above: Steve Austin is my favorite classical music composer.

But then I realized I have a little more to write about Today is the Day than just the one liner above. I first encountered Today is the Day in the late 90s around the release of In The Eyes of God. At the time I had no idea what to do with them. They sounded exactly unlike anything I’d ever heard before. I wasn’t even sure if I liked them, but for some reason I was compelled to stick with the album. What started as a punishing wall of noise became a tautly crafted punishing wall of noise. An enjoyably punishing wall of noise. Even now, 13 years on, I have rarely heard an album quite as heavy as In The Eyes of God or a band as heavy as Today is the Day. There are louder bands, there are faster bands, but very few bands as purely brutal as these guys. If we define heaviness (as I have written about before) as the eschewing of melody for rhythmic force, then Today is the Day is shifted far to the rhythmic end of the scale.

If you are a fan of extreme music and you’ve never sat down with Today is the Day, do yourself a favor and do it. You’ll find a rewarding, difficult musical experience that will be so different than what you are used to from most modern heavy music that you’ll come back here and thank me. If you’re not a fan of extreme music, why are you here? You should listen to Today is the Day too.

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