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Black Tusk admit “God’s On Vacation” via new video.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 8:34 AM (PST)

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.

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Black Tusk reveal “God’s On Vacation” single, new album news

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:37 AM (PST)


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.

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Black Tusk to soldier on with Black Label tour dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM (PST)


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

The dates with Black Label Society and Crobot are BELOW.

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Athon (Black Tusk) Memorial Fund established

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM (PST)


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 if you care to donate.

Thank you. TCBT forever.”

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R.I.P. Athon

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM (PST)


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.

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Album Review: Black Tusk – Tend No Wounds EP

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM (PST)


“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.

Click HERE to read the whole review.

Black Tusk premiere new video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 12:33 PM (PST)

black_tusk_parking_lot 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.

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Black Tusk streaming new EP

Posted by longhairedpoet on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM (PST)

black_tusk_parking_lot Savannah metallers Black Tusk are streaming their newest EP Tend No Wounds over at Punk News.

Check it out here.

Tend No Wounds will be released on July 23 via Relapse Records.

Check out Black Tusk tour dates here.

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Black Tusk premiere “In Days of Woe” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM (PST)

black_tusk_parking_lot American metallers Black Tusk have premiered the music video for their song “In Days of Woe” off of their EP Tend No Wounds.

Tend No Wounds will be released on July 23.

Check out the “In Days of Woe” music video over at Invisible Orange.

Check out Black Tusk tour dates here.

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BT_JUDAS_HATSavannah 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).

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Black Tusk announce EP title and tour

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM (PST)

black_tusk_parking_lot Savannah metallers Black Tusk have revealed that the name of their new EP is going to be Tend No Wounds. The EP will be released via Relapse Records.

Black Tusk will be on tour with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats.

Check out tour dates here.

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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.

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Black Tusk announce new US tour dates

Posted by KageDrummer on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 1:17 PM (PST)

Georgian thrashers, Black Tusk, have announced new United States tour dates. The new dates last from May 18th through May 25th as they play in five different states. The band will receive support from Down and Haarp.

To check out the tour dates click here.

Black Tusk’s latest album,  “Set The Dial,” was released in October 2011 through Relapse Records.

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Black Tusk confirmed for Metallica’s “Orion Music + More Festival”

Posted by jessepac on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 12:20 PM (PST)

Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk have confirmed that they will be appearing at the inaugural “Orion Music + More Festival” curated by Metallica. The festival will be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Bader Field on June 23rd and June 24th.

“We are honored to play the first Orion Fest. Metallica has always been an influence for our band. This is yet another contribution they are making for music, not just metal,” says drummer James May.

Black Tusk are preparing to kick off an extensive North American tour starting today in Memphis, TN. This run will feature headlining tour dates with support coming from East of the Wall, label-mates Royal Thunder and Hull, plus a string of dates supporting Prong and select shows with Intronaut and Skeletonwitch in March. The band will also be appearing at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX on March 14th.

Click here for the full set of shows

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Red Fang announce headling Euro tour

Posted by KageDrummer on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM (PST)

Oregon rockers, Red Fang, have announced a headlining spring European tour. The tour will last from April 4th through May 8th and they will receive support from Black Tusk as they play in thirteen different countries.

To check out the tour dates click here.

Red Fang’s last album, “Murder The Mountains,” was released in 2011 through Relapse Records.

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