Steve Von Till outdoes himself on fourth record ‘A Life Unto Itself’

Von Till‘A Life Unto Itself’
Steve Von Till (Neurot)
4 stars out of 5

The assertion that metal musicians don’t possess a sensitive side is about as outdated as the thinking that there is a lack of women in the genre.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.

12" Glued SleeveAnyhow, 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)

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