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Black Tusk w/ Drudgery, Wolflord, Hooded Eagle, Primo Noctis 

When: Fri., Feb. 24 2012
Price: $12, $10/advance
With their screeching vocals, pounding drums, and Sabbath-aware guitar riffs, Savannah power trio Black Tusk — drummer James May, guitarist Andrew Fidler, and bassist Jonathan Athon — are one of the most aggressive metal acts coming out of the Georgia scene. May came up with a simple definition of the band’s style: “swamp-metal.” It made some sense, considering the band’s hometown’s proximity to the Okefenokee Swamp. “The band name came from our location and the heaviness and thickness of the music,” May says. “It sounds thick and it feels sweaty. Swamps are all around where we’re from. Since then, it’s just kind of stuck with us.” Black Tusk’s 2010 album Taste the Sin was their first full-length for the major-league metal label Relapse Records. More straightforward and thrashy than the proggy metal of Southeastern brethren Mastodon, Baroness, and Kylesa, the heavy stuff on Taste the Sin has earned praise from fans and critics alike. Last fall, they embarked on several intense tours in support of their latest release Set the Dial, a high-energy, 10-song set of very hard rock. “We wanted to make the Black Tusk heavy rock ’n’ roll album,” May says. “It was simple, but the simplicity led to some things getting complex. It was amazing to get [producer] Jack Endino to work on it because he put that big Nirvana-Mudhoney-Soundgarden thick sound to it. The theme of the new collection is basically all things apocalyptic, so the heavy-handed grime of the music suits it well.”
— T. Ballard Lesemann


click to enlarge GEOFF JOHNSON


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