To­day Is The Day

FASH­ION WEEK/MADE OF TEETH

Metal Hammer (UK) - - Albums - STEPHEN HILL

BOS­TON MU­SIC ROOM, LON­DON

HAR­ROW­ING TEX­ANS LEAVE A CATHAR­TIC BLAST CRATER

TO CA LL THE sparse assem­bly that greet open­ers MADE

OF TEETH [6] a crowd would be am­bi­tious, but it’s to the trio’s credit that they plough through their rum­bling, black­ened noise with com­plete com­mit­ment all the same, even if they could do with a touch more per­son­al­ity. FASH­ION

WEEK [6] are blessed with a wickedly dry sense of hu­mour and ma­te­rial that glues to­gether the art rock lean­ings of Slint with the pure bru­tal­ity of Un­sane, but un­for­tu­nately much of the nu­ance of their recorded out­put is ab­sent in the live en­vi­ron­ment. Es­sen­tially, though, ev­ery­thing has been mean­ing­less up to this point, as TO­DAY IS THE DAY

[9] re­main an ut­terly as­ton­ish­ing, night­mar­ish trip. The lev­els of in­ten­sity that front­man Steve Austin still dis­plays while per­form­ing the songs from Tem­ple Of The Morn­ing Star, cur­rently cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary, are gen­uinely un­nerv­ing. Many bands, from Neu­ro­sis to Con­verge, have made a cult fol­low­ing from shin­ing a light on the deep­est, dark­est reaches of the hu­man psy­che, but both have mo­ments of re­flec­tion, re­straint, beauty and hu­man­ity.

Not so To­day Is The Day, who seem to take a cold-blooded, rep­til­ian de­light in re­lent­lessly tor­tur­ing their au­di­ence like a con­stric­tor watch­ing the colour drain from its vic­tim’s face. Af­ter 90 min­utes, Steve humbly, gen­uinely thanks those present, giv­ing us a rare glimpse of the man be­hind the sonic ter­ror­ism, be­fore mo­lest­ing Sab­bath Bloody Sab­bath. Then they leave, hav­ing pro­vided surely the most vi­o­lently ni­hilis­tic live ex­pe­ri­ence that 2017 will throw up.

Fash­ion Week em­pha­sise

noise over nu­ance

Steve Austin amps up the in­ten­sity

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