Originally written by Drew Ailes
Today is the Day. You’re either rabidly in love with them or you find them unlistenable. I remember the first time I heard them I couldn’t believe how anyone could willingly subject themselves to this sort of bizarre noise. Still, I went out and bought the album anyway. After a few months, I became addicted and had to stop listening to them as I started to believe that the music was actually making me feel miserable. So here I am today, barely able to contain myself over the excitement of having more music to kill myself with.
For anyone unfamiliar with Today is the Day, they’re sort of the cousin ofKing Crimson that flipped out on acid and randomly shot up a shopping mall. It’s hard to really describe them beyond that. They used to be signed to the Minneapolis based label, Amphetamine Reptile – which may say more depending on your familiarity with the label. Known for their intense live performances, Today is the Day effectively combine noise with complex rhythms and really cerebral riffing. They typically use a variety of vocal styles ranging from somber singing to some of the most over-the-top screaming you’ve ever heard. I’d have to say the most commonly heard complaint about this band is the vocals, but any of their fans probably wouldn’t trade them for any other kind. Like I said before, you love ’em or you’re completely confused by them.
Returning with Chris Debari on bass and the addition of Mike Rosswog (Circle of Dead Children) on drums, Steve Austin launches yet another attack on your sensibility, comfort, and sanity. A lot of people were disappointed at 2002’s Sadness Will Prevail. Admittedly, I wasn’t thrilled over it, but I didn’t think it was too drastic of a change, and it certainly had some incredible material. Kiss the Pig feels sort of like a response to all the people who whined and fussed over the experimental nature of the previous album.
Everything’s fairly straightforward and saturated with anger. If you’ve heardToday is the Day, you’ll get what you’ll expect – only angrier. More importantly, if you’re a fan, you’ll get what you want. Just as neurotic and paranoid as any of their other albums, it’s the heaviest thing I’ve heard of theirs. There aren’t really any slow or brooding tracks this time around – just a few ominous parts that prelude bursts into their dissonant melodies. Throwing Mike Rosswog into the fold was probably one of the best things that could happen for this album. Really great drumming – so precise and adds a lot of depth to the songwriting. It doesn’t feel like he was just recruited to play some pre-written parts – more that he actually contributed his own ideas to craft some truly great songs.
By far, the quick 1:40 blast of “Outland” is the most moving and memorable songs on the album. Steve Austin shrieks his entire heart out throughout the whole track as it plays the same murdering riff over and over again, starting and stopping. It ends abruptly and leads into “Don’t Tread on Hope”, another vertigo-inducing track which stomps and crashes before leading into another one of their trademark passages of frightening melody.
Once again, Today is the Day releases an album to scare the shit out of everyone. If you found Sadness Will Prevail was a little too eclectic for your tastes, fear not, as Kiss the Pig certainly wants nothing more than to encourage you to drive your car off a bridge. I know for myself, it’s everything I hoped it would be, and I’m positive that this release will further increase their fanbase’s sickening devotion to them.