Today Is the Day
Supernova


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ashen USER (1 Reviews)
August 13th, 2015 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1993 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Born alone, die alone.

1993. The significance of this year to fans of metal music cannot be overstated. The year that saw landmark releases such as Death’s “Individual Thought Patterns”, Cynic’s genre-bending debut “Focus”, and Morbid Angel’s “Covenant” (which as I’m sure many of you are aware, would go on to be the #1 selling death metal record of all time). Metal classics like the above will live on to carry their influences to the farthest reaches of the globe for years to come. The meteoric impact of these titan releases, as well as the mainstream success of multiplatinum grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam, birthed a massive wall of dust and debris that swallowed up less accessible groups, engulfing up-and-coming artists beneath their veil. Nashville, Tennessee, a city best known for Elvis Presley and country music, gave rise to a band that stuck its neck above the cloud and produced a terrifying shriek of sonic violence that rocked the ears of the local underground, paving a pathway for a new chapter of metal with a landmark release of its own.

Today Is the Day was formed in the early 1990’s by vocalist and guitarist Steve Austin and drummer Brad Elrod. The release of their 1992 debut EP, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”, caught the attention of Amphetamine Reptile Records, whom the band signed with and released their first full-length album the following year. Enter “Supernova”, a culmination of noise and dissonance that tears through the speakers at a desperate, off-kilter pace throughout the entirety of the record, managing to stay haphazardly glued together for its 53 minute running length. Austin’s contorted vocals convey disturbing imagery of drugs, psychosis, lust, and emotional disconnection in the face of pain and cruelty, alternating between frantic shouting and lucid groaning, and singing the occasional melodic passage with an evil sweetness. On the drum kit, Elrod sets pace for Austin and bassist Trevor Thomas, using deliberate and forceful percussion as Austin seethes into the mic and lays down riffs which borrow from a considerable array of genres and musical origins. Avant-garde, alternative rock, metal, grind, and noise are splattered together and broadcasted through muddy, broken production which often drowns out Thomas’s bass guitar. However, with decent headphones, a listener will find that the bass is a vital component of the throbbing, superheated atmosphere that permeates the album. Every member of the band pulls their own weight, confidently (though not necessarily expertly) displaying their ability to play progressively across multiple genres while churning out a sound that is unique to Today Is the Day; their ethos is unlike anything seen from the expired 80’s heavy metal scene, and demonstrates the potential for metal to be a truly complex and progressive force of music. An impressive feat for a debut, no doubt.

"Supernova" is creepy as f*ck. The lyrics are a jumbled mess of paranoid, psychotic outbursts, whose true meaning can only be known to Steve Austin. The tone of the album in general is distraught and broken, with the music being repeatedly interrupted by static and white noise. Eerie samples and spoken word are strung throughout, ensuring that the album stays creepy as f*ck and otherwise maintains a neurotic ambiance over the course of its duration. Of the 12 tracks present, five are instrumentals; Timeless sounds like the precursor to what would become a sample on Neurosis’s legendary “Through Silver In Blood” released three years later. The closing track, Self Portrait, is an epic instrumental approaching 10 minutes in length. It starts off simplistically and becomes more elaborate as the song progresses, with Austin playing a series of progressive riffs broken up by episodic guitar feedback. Much of what is enjoyable about “Supernova” can be found here, as it is one of the album’s strongest tracks and showcases the talent of Steve Austin’s first lineup in what would become an ever-evolving project. This can be a difficult album to digest- an unsurprising conclusion for anyone familiar with Today Is the Day. However, the dark, spastic aura that the band is known for is intriguing, in an artistic, macabre sort of way. Here we see Today Is the Day rapidly developing from infancy. Their debut is not perfect, and the instrumental tracks leave much to be desired. It would not be until the following year, in 1994, that the band hits their major creative breakthrough with “Willpower”. Despite this, “Supernova” stands as an excellent debut that is a solid beginning not only for the creative mind of Steve Austin, but for the curious listener who would like to begin making their way through the Today Is the Day discography.

Recommended tracks:
-Black Dahlia
-Adult World
-The Kick Inside
-Self Portrait


user ratings (36)
Chart.
3.8
excellent

Comments:Add a Comment 
Ashen
August 13th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw that this didn't have a review and decided to do a quick write-up. Comments and critiques welcome.



Digging: School of Emotional Engineering - School of Emotional Engineering

Supercoolguy64
August 13th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

aw fuck a TITD review!

nice job man, this one needed a good review for a long time now



Digging: Johnny Smith - Johnny Smith

Ashen
August 13th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks man! this is my first review so I figured I should probably contribute to the site and do an album that didn't have a review yet.



this is between a 3.5 and a 4 for me, but i like TITD so 4 it is

Supercoolguy64
August 13th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yeah man these guys are 2 rad 4 their own good

riff to kick inside is killer

Nimb49
August 13th 2015


1818 Comments


TITD are pretty good, I used to love them when I was younger.

Digging: Koufar - Lebanon for Lebanese

Ashen
August 13th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i found TITD after being a long-time neurosis fan. i think this is a band that, in the age of the internet, has been excavated and rediscovered, and their contributions to music can finally be realized and appreciated in a large-scale sort of way, instead of just in the regional underground

Supercoolguy64
August 13th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dont remember exactly how i first heard of them. i know a friend got me to check out willpower but i remember hearing about them once before

Ashen
August 13th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

man willpower is awesome, I've been really into that album lately. don't know why but simple touch strikes a chord with me somethin heavy

Supercoolguy64
August 13th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

NO

I'M TELLING YOU THAT I LOOK IN YOUR FACE AND I KNOW THAT

YOU'RE LYING


Veldin
August 14th 2015


2439 Comments


Willpower is a 9/10

Supercoolguy64
August 14th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

agreed

adr
August 14th 2015


7444 Comments


Supernovaguy

Digging: Adversarial - Death, Endless Nothing and the Black Knife of...

Supercoolguy64
August 14th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if i ever needed to make an alt for whatever reason that would be my name

Nimb49
August 14th 2015


1818 Comments


I picked a shit name for my alt tbh.

Ashen
August 14th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Supernova < Superunknown but that's not really fair

Nimb49
August 14th 2015


1818 Comments


Wrong

Ashen
August 14th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nah dude. superunknown is a 5/5

PlatonicMushroom
August 14th 2015


433 Comments


all i know is that ashen is a brobdingnagianly pulchritudinous word.

and a killer song too.

Digging: Banks - Goddess

Supercoolguy64
August 14th 2015


5855 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

whenever i see ur username i think of that dude who does chinese bootleg tech reviews on his couch

Ashen
August 14th 2015


104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kudos for "pulchritudinous", I haven't heard that word in forever



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy