“Pain Is A Warning” is the ninth studio album from TITD (which at this point includes the band’s leader and the only permanent member Steve Austin, as well as Ryan Jones and Curran Reynolds, a rhythm section of the New York band Wetnurse).
The one thing you can always expect out of a Today is the Day album is the unexpected. Since 1992, guitarist and vocalist Steve Austin and a revolving cast of musicians (including a couple that went on to form metal juggernauts Mastodon) have warped the outer reaches of metal and noise-rock. On its ninth full-length album, Pain is a Warning, Today is the Day has taken another turn, this time making good on the band’s past melodic flirtations and wrenching out charred riffs something not unlike a classicAC/DC record.
But for all of its surprising accessibility, Pain is a Warning still sounds like a Today is the Day record. And while my favorite song from the album, which just so happens to be the title track, is a total whiskey ‘n’ roll barn burner ready to tear up Saturday night, it comes from a dark period in Steve Austin’s life in a phrase coined by his 10 year-old son.
1. Expectations Exceed Reality
2. Death Curse
5. The Devil’s Blood
6. Remember To Forget
7. Slave To Serenity
8. This Is You