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Black Tusk

Black Tusk

Geoff L. Johnson

Black Tusk, Holy Grail, Cokegoat, Scars of Armageddon 

When: Sat., March 5, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $14, $10 in advance
Savannah’s sludgy power trio Black Tusk have always been prolific about releasing EPs and splits, but 2011’s relentless Set the Dial had long been their last full-length on file. Thankfully the brand-new Pillars of Ash (Relapse) is well worth the long wait and everything you want it to be, though it’s a bittersweet return rather than a joyous one. The record features the last recordings of bassist Jonathan Athon, who died after a motorcycle accident in the fall of 2014, leaving behind the underpinnings of a very solid album. Pillars of Ash churns and burbles and gallops with unrelenting ferocity: the roaring high-speed intro of “Walk Among the Sky” sets the stage for monster riffs, and the aptly named “Punkout” integrates the band’s hardcore roots with flawless ferocity. Corey Barhorst of Niche and Kylesa takes on bass duties for this tour, and if the band’s career in this form ends here, they’ll go out in a blaze of glory.
— Monica Kendrick



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