BLACK TUSK Bassist Jonathan Athon Has Passed Away At Age 32

black_tusk-1080x675One of my favorite bands of all time is Black Tusk and for good reason. The band is definitely a force to be reckoned with and it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that bassist and vocalist Jonathan Athon has passed away due to injuries he attained in a motorcycle accident. He was put into a medically-induced coma and was later taken off of life support. It was his wish that he not be sustained on life-support. It is sad to see such a talented person pass away at such a young age. Jonathan was 32. After the jump you can see a few of Black Tusk‘s videos in which you can see Athon in action as well as read a statement from the band. Farewell, Jonathan.     Continue reading

BLACK TUSK Streaming New EP “Vulture’s Eye”

Black-Tusk-Vultures-EyeSouthern sludge lords Black Tusk have been a long standing favorite of mine and I get so pumped every time the band release new material. When I started reading the news sites today, I found out that Black Tusk were streaming their new 7″ Vulture’s Eye, which totally kills (and is totally available today!). This band keeps getting better, I think and this 7″ proves it. Check out the two heavy punches after the jump courtesy of MetalSucks.       Continue reading

Travel With BLACK TUSK In Their New Music Video

Finally a fucking music video I can get behind. I love Black Tusk, I love their latest effort Tend No Wounds, which was a sludge grand slam and I love this new music video for their song “Truth Untold.” The last few music videos I have posted about have been pretty lame, but this one owns. Travel alongside the members of Black Tusk as they attempt to get to a show. There are numerous obstacles standing in their way, but they manage to over come them all. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up your copy of Tend No Wounds.       Continue reading

In Days Of Wow: BLACK TUSK Streaming New EP

I fucking adore Black Tusk. Their latest EP Tend No Wounds is absolutely incredible (if you haven’t yet, read my review here) and now you can hear the album for yourself. How, you ask? The fine people at Punknews.org are currently streaming Tend No Wounds in full and you know you want to listen to it. Why wouldn’t you?

Head on over and stream Black Tusk‘s mean-ass EP right now. The EP will be available on July 23rd via Relapse Records.     Continue reading

Straight To The Point: Quick Reviews of AGE OF WOE, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR And BLACK TUSK

QReview BannerHello there, folks. I told you I would be posting a lot of reviews, so here is the next batch of Quick Reviews. This time I stuck mainly to the sludge/doom/stoner genre and all of the following records kicked my fucking ass. If you have slept on any of these albums this year, do yourself a favor and wake the fuck up. After the jump we have reviews for Age Of Woe, Lair Of The Minotaur and Black Tusk. Expect more reviews to come.      Continue reading

Tend No Wounds: BLACK TUSK Announce New EP

Southern sludge purveyors Black Tusk have announced plans to release a new EP in July. I don’t know about you folks, but I am extremely excited. Black Tusk are an amazing band whom I have loved throughout their career. There is no doubt that this album will be chock full of heavy, down-tuned riffs and vicious execution. You’re already excited aren’t you?     Continue reading

Venomous Hostility: KEN MODE Streaming New Album

After being teased by five chaotic tracks, KEN Mode are finally streaming their new record Entrench over at Pitchfork. Jesus H. Christ! This album is as vicious as I hoped it would be. Frontman Jesse Matthewson had this to add on the new album:

This is KEN mode’s statement: we are coming for you. ‘Entrench’ is our message, and we will not stop until it is jammed down everyone’s throats. This album is the most aggressive, catchy, and dynamic work we’ve ever done, and we refuse to quit or take prisoners. We’ll be on the road from now until the beginning of June straight supporting ‘Entrench’, blanketing North America and Europe with venomous hostility

The album will be officially released on March 19th. Be sure to check out the band with Today is the Day, Fight Amp and Black Tusk on the road this month! Dates are provided below.

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KVELERTAK Announce North American Tour

The mighty Kvelertak have announced a new North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new record, Meir, which will see a release through Roadrunner Records on March 26th. The band will be accompanied by the likes of Cancer Bats and Black Tusk for this little tour and believe me when I say that faces will be melted. Check out the full schedule below.

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Year Of The Split Vol. 2: BLACK TUSK To Release Split With DEAD YET?

imageOn top of the previously announced splits this far into the year, 2013 will also see the release of a new split 7″ between Savannah’s own Black Tusk and Dead Yet?. If you are at all familiar with Black Tusk, then you know that their brand of sludge metal sounds good throughout their catalog. I say good, but of course I mean great. They are an amazing band and I have been aching for new tunes from them since Set The Dial came out. And then there is Dead Yet?, who I am fairly new to. From the first track I listened to this band, I was hooked. I am super stoked to see these guys paired with Black Tusk for this split.     Continue reading

TODAY IS THE DAY Announce Spring North American Tour

Today is the Day have booked an extensive Spring North American touring schedule  that will mark the band’s twentieth year anniversary. Support on this trek will come from Black Tusk, KEN Mode, Fight Amp and a yet to be announced special guest on certain stops of the tour. You’d be a complete dumbass to miss this. Check out the full schedule below!

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RED FANG Release New Track, Announce Tour

Red Fang have released a new track that is hellbent on beating you to a bloody pulp and leaving you to die in a ditch somewhere on the side of a highway in the middle of nowhere. The dirty “Crows in Swine” can be streamed below as well as purchased on iTunes. In related news, Red Fang will be embarking on a Fall tour with Black Tusk and Indian Handcrafts and Lord Dying on select dates in October. Check out the track and the dates after the jump!

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BLACK TUSK Reveal European Tour Dates

Black Tusk will be heading back to Europe and the UK this July for a short headlining run with Okkultokrati. The band will play the following shows:

07/08 Köln, GER – MTC
07/10 Manchester, UK – Star & Garter
07/11 London, UK – Underworld
07/12 Amsterdam, NET – Winston
07/13 Stuttgart, GER – Juha West
07/14 München, GER – 59 to 1
07/15 Berlin, GER – Cassiopeia
07/16 Prague, CZE – 007
07/19 Gothenburg, SWE – Truckstop Alaska
07/20 Tonsberg, NOR – Slottsfjell Fest

-Lane Oliver

Bring Me Download: Get A Free BLACK TUSK Song From iTunes!

As you all know, I reviewed the new Black Tusk album Set The Dial a while back and I told you all how amazing it was. I mean, seriously. This album is incredible. It came out on Tuesday and you can currently stream the album here as well as all of the bands back catalog. If that doesn’t make you giddy, you can also download a track from Set The Dial for FREE from iTunes.

All you have to do is go here and “Bring Me Darkness” is all yours! This is one of my favorite tracks on the album, so I highly suggest you take advantage of this offer like a tipsy girl at a highschool party. Black Tusk also have a string of tour dates coming up. You can check those out after the jump. Enjoy.

~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.

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