Nashville quintet Today Is the Day
only intensify their grinding noise assault on In the Eyes of God
, their fifth studio album and second for Relapse. Over the years, the band has developed a signature sound dependent on jerky rhythms, samples and tape loops, harsh vocals, sudden changes in feel, and -- most importantly -- crashing, clanging guitar riffs that bludgeon the listener with their volume and thick distortion. In the Eyes of God
, like its predecessor Temple of the Morning Star
, is a densely layered document of rage turned inward; it's a challenging listen, to be sure, but worth the time for those made of sterner stuff.