If you were only allowed to pick one black metal album to hear for the rest of 2019, I would strongly suggest you choose False's Portent. A dizzying leap forward from an already very talented and rightfully well regarded act, it does not take long into ten minute opener "A Victual to Our Dead Selves" for the song to grab your undivided attention and never let go. Dedicated to the memory of several friends, the record is professional, passionate, heartbreaking and exhilarating. "Rime On The Song Of Returning" is an exceptionally poetic ode to natural abandon that seems to question our size in the scope of the march of time. The band have never sounded more precise, empowered and fiery, like there is a fortune teller at band practice urging them to claim destiny's heights. If this album holds significance of metal's future it is one that honors the best of the past while boding very well for the genre's horizons.
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BLACK TUSK have announced more new live dates as they continue on their ‘T.C.B.T.’ album release tour. New dates include an album release show in their home town of Savannah, Pittsburgh, and more. Select dates see them joined by CLOAK, EARTHLING, and feature an appearance at Brewtal Beer Fest with DYING FETUS and more. A full list of confirm tour dates can be found below.
BLACK TUSK are touring in support of their new album ‘T.C.B.T.’ The new album, hailed as “a mission statement, a two-finger salute to remind y’all that they’re still here, still bringing the darkness, and still taking care of business.” (Noisey) is available at the Season of Mist E-Shop.
BLACK TUSK recently saw their New York City performance at Saint Vitus Bar captured by Maximum Volume Silence Live. The full set is streaming now at Metal Injection. This is some of the first official footage of the band as a newly expanded quartet.
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Season Of Mist has backed some bands I deeply love (Alkaloid, Kylesa, Archspire) and others that have proven to be problematic (The Casualties, Shining, Destroyer 666 especially). But I like the people at the label and very much love the good bands they sign, so it makes me stoked to see a very worthy band like Black Tusk get a wider platform through a big label like this.
Yes, that is correct.
Season of Mist are proud to announce the signing of the Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK. The band will release a new album via Season of Mist worldwide.
Regarding the signing, BLACK TUSK (Andrew Fidler (Guitars, Vocals) James May (Drums, Vocals), Corey Barhorst (Bass, Vocals)) comment: “After more than a decade of pushing through as a band, we have opened a new chapter and are ready and excited for everyone to hear it.”
BLACK TUSK are currently holed up at the Garage Savannah recording their forthcoming new album, the first to feature Barhorst on bass and vocals. The as-yet-untitled album will be produced by the band in conjunction with Aphelion, mixed by engineer and long-time collaborator Chris “Scary” Adams, and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (YOB, MUTOID MAN, STRANGER THINGS, SLEEP, CODE ORANGE).
Corey is a very cool dude. I met him briefly once when he was in Kylesa. Can’t think of a better person to keep the band’s legacy going and he certainly has held it down with them filling Athon’s big shoes live. Here is hoping the band have many more years of growth and popularity. They are truly one of the best groups out there in the heavy scene. Hails.
BLACK TUSK live
Mar. 31 Atlanta, GA @ Hammerhead Fest
Apr. 13 Columbia, SC @ Indie Grits Festival
May 12 Savannah, GA @ Sulfur Studios
As they close out their last week of their extensive 8-week-long North American tour, Savannah, GA’s BLACK TUSK have unveiled another music video for their “God’s On Vacation” single from their latest album, Pillars of Ash (January 29, Relapse). Check out this NSFW video, directed by Alixandra Petrovich, now on Vevo and YouTube. “God’s on Vacation” also recently appeared in the Mortal Combat XL trailer and NPR said the song brings the past into the present with its “Slayer-slashed riffs, gut-curdling wah-wah, an unrelenting rhythm section and trashy-as-hell hardcore-punk hooks.”
Since their formation over 10 years ago, Black Tusk have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EP’s and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band, which also features guitarist Andrew Fidler and drummer James May with Corey Barhorst (Niche, Kylesa) now on bass, are releasing Pillars of Ash, the culmination of three brothers-in-arms’ blood, sweat and tears, and is Black Tusk’s finest accomplishment to date.
Road dates below.
The death of Athon was a tragedy for metal and it is heartening to learn his final studio tracks will be included on a January release from Black Tusk entitled Pillars Of Ash. Despite keeping an ear to the ground, I had no idea about this and so was thrilled to get the news yesterday. Incidentally, while we’re on the subject of distortion and volume triumphing over tragedy I’d also mention Drew Cook of Dimesland, who passed away unexpectedly last year, is immortalized on that great guitar band’s Psychogenic Atrophy HERE.
But yes, NPR has the stream of a new Black Tusk single HERE. The song is as stomping and awesome as anything in the band’s rad catalogue and underscores their place near the top of metal’s upstart crop of most relentless bands. There is a dark, punk rock heart to this band’s sludge and it gives them a more rock n roll heart possessed by few bands this side of High On Fire, The Bronx and other really rowdy groups. Athon’s presence will always be felt. Truly one of my best memories as a music fan was that I got to share a small bill opening for them once while he was alive.Add to My Radar
This just in from the boys in Black Tusk:
It’s been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support. We had confirmed the European tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon’s accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there’s no way he’d want things to end on this note. Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon.
If you’d like to donate to the Athon Memorial Fund, you can do that via Paypal at AthonFund@gmail.com.
The dates with Black Label Society and Crobot are BELOW.Add to My Radar
The remaining members of Black Tusk have issued the following statement:
“We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week. Many of you have been inquiring about Athon’s medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can. Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets. Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts’ home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company. Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza. Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant. While Athon’s medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily’s have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally. So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at AthonFund@gmail.com if you care to donate.
Thank you. TCBT forever.”Add to My Radar
Sad news for Black Tusk fans and fans of good people in general. I’m at a loss for words right now:
It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud. – via Black Tusk’s Facebook.Add to My Radar
“Savannah Sludge” power trio Black Tusk are just plain underrated. As much press and buzz as they’ve gotten over the years, people just don’t give enough respect to them when you get down to just how solid their riffs are. They really embody hardcore and stoner ideals to an almost perfect degree. Few albums come as close as their recent Set The Dial did to blending those potentially disparate genres so that nary a lash is batted.
Tend No Wounds is their newest EP but proves a rocking stop gap between full lengths. It is meaty and satisfying but leaves you wanting more after 20 minutes of chunky bliss. Produced by Philip Cope of Kylesa with a true grasp of what works best for Black Tusk’s sound, the record sounds good and pro but still “raw” and real. The thumping kick drum of standout onslaught “Internal/Eternal” drives home a groove that Lemmy would be proud of. These guys aren’t here to stretch the mold as much as Deadbird or the aforementioned Kylesa, but they do a killer job upholding the foundation of crunching riffs and bulldozer bass. Black Tusk are just more basic, but what they do is second nature to them and doesn’t need a lot of flash or second guessing.
Intro “Cold Embrace” sounded so good on 33 instead of 45 and I was like , “Cool! They wrote a My War B-side type super dirge”. The drums sounded sooo big. It was a nice sludge exercise. Then “Enemy of Reason” kicked in and I realized the vocals were not supposed to sound like chopped and screwed bellows, even if they are from the South. Good news, even on the right speed it still burns! Yes, you should get the gorgeous bone white with red splatter 12″ vinyl option from Relapse Records (if there are any left). It sounds and looks so good on vinyl.
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Georgia metallers Black Tusk have premiered the video for their song “Truth Untold” off of their just released EP Tend No Wounds.
Drummer James May had this to say about the video:
“Filming the new video was a really fun experience. The guys at TYTAN did a great job and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did making it. And a big thanks to all that was in or helped us out with it!”
Check out the “Truth Untold” video and Black Tusk tour dates here.Add to My Radar
Savannah thrash/sludge/etc band Black Tusk have announced the release date, and revealed the artwork, for their upcoming EP Tend No Wounds. The album was recorded by producer Phillip Cope at the Jam Room and is set for release on July 23rd via Relapse Records.
You can view the artwork and track listing here.
Tend No Wounds will be the bands first release since the 2011 Set the Dial and clocks in around 20 minutes. The album’s artwork was handled by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).Add to My Radar
Thrash metal’s own space cannibals Municipal Waste have announced details on a headlining North American tour is support of their upcoming album The Fatal Feast. They are bringing along 3 Inches Of Blood and Black Tusk with more dates to be announce soon. To see the list of dates so far click here.
The Fatal Feast is being released on April 10th and is the band’s fifth studio album but just their first on Nuclear Blast Records.Add to My Radar