The assertion that metal musicians don’t possess a sensitive side is about as outdated as the thinking that there is a lack of women in the genre. Looking at you, Post-Gazette.
Anyhow, Steve Von Till founded one of the modern era’s greatest metal bands in Neurosis, but a few years ago, he started exploring his folkier side. His latest record “A Life Unto Itself” is his fourth and maybe his best.
Sounding like a gritty combo of Mark Lanegan, Tom Waits, and Townes Van Zandt (one of his heroes), Von Till explores desert-dusk, heart-jabbing terrain on great tracks including opener “In Your Wings”; the show-stopping title track that will put more than one tear in your eye; murky, trance-inducing “Night of the Moon”; and cosmic, psyche-washed closer “Known But Not Named.”
This is Von Till at his dusty, vulnerable best, and this record comes highly recommended (Brian Krasman)