Today Is the Day frontman Steve Austin holds the crown these days: He's the most unsettling singer in rock. It's not just the unearthly, gut-shredding screams he lets loose; it's not just the bowel-shaking sound of the band in full roar (no surprise one of his ex-rhythm sections formed the ungodly heavy Mastodon); it's not the sampled messages of human -- not occult -- evil that bridge songs in their set. It's all that and more. On record, Today Is the Day has moments of greatness and stretches of tedious self-indulgence. Live, they're an unstoppable force of pure, nerve-jangling terror and raw power. Letting Steve Austin scare you is one of the most thrilling experiences in heavy music today.
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