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Album Review Black Tusk unleash swamp stomp riffage with Pillars of Ash

27 February 2016 No Comment

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Artist: Black Tusk
Album: Pillars of Ash
Label: Relapse Records
Release Date: January 29, 2016
By: Josh Kutras

Savannah Georgia’s Black Tusk are a band that stands out among the now long list of “stoner rock”, or “sludge metal” bands that are so prevalent these days. While the new breed spend the majority of their time ironing their hair, bell bottoms and practicing taking one riff well past the ten minute mark with no rhyme or reason; Black Tusk stood apart by crafting their own niche by mixing sludge, punk and metal seamlessly. Doing so while also keeping their songs short, in comparison to their piers.

Pillars of Ash, the bands third full length for Relapse Records, sees the band moving forward, definitely into the punkier side of things. There is still plenty of kick drum/bass guitar, heavy, sloppy, fuzzed out guitar, good God damn swamp stomp riffage, make no mistake about that. The band hinted at the progressed sound with the release of 2014’s Vulture’s Eye, and carries through with it on Pillars ten fold.

Pillars of Ash also marks a somber note in the hard working Georgia natives storied career, they are the final written, and recorded contributions of founding member, bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon. With these works, Athon and Black Tusk have given the world a masterfully crafted album of hard rocking, kick fucking ass rock ‘n’ roll, meant to be played as loud as possible.

Links:
Band Camp: blacktusk.bandcamp.com
Label: Relapse Records

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