by Andrew Sacher

photo by Angela Boatwright (feat. Jonathan Athon with Black Tusk)
Black Tusk

Black Tusk will release their new album Pillars of Ash on Friday (1/29) via Relapse (pre-order). They've already shared a few singles, and now they're streaming the whole thing. It's the last recordings they made with bassist Jonathan Athon, who sadly passed away in 2014, and Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust produced it. While their fellow Georgia sludge pals Baroness, Kylesa and Mastodon head into more melodic territory, Black Tusk are the ones staying massively routed in hardcore punk. All of those bands have gone on to make interesting music in their own ways, but if you wish Kylesa still sounded like their pre-Spiral Shadow era, then in 2016 Black Tusk is the band for you. It's not like Black Tusk haven't done this kind of thing before, but they seem angrier and more consistently fast this time. This thing whips past you at full-speed, and it's sure to knock you out every time. Check it out below (via Noisey).

The band is also touring, including a run with Holy Grail that hits NYC on February 27 at Saint Vitus with Blackest and Mammal. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates below.


Black Tusk -- 2016 Tour Dates
1/26 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone
1/27 Little Rock, AR @ Vino's
1/28 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
1/29 San Antonio, TX @ Korova
1/30 Austin, TX @ Empire
1/31 Houston, TX @ Rudyard's
2/01 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
2/02 Mobile, AL @ Alchemy Tavern (no Royal Thunder)
2/03 Orlando, FL @ Will's Pub
2/04 Tampa, FL @ New World
2/05 Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar
2/06 Savannah, GA @ Jinx

2/23 Charlotte, NC @ Milestone
2/24 Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakas
2/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
2/26 Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom
2/27 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
2/29 Burlington, VT @ Nectars
3/01 Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
3/02 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques
3/03 Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
3/04 Detroit, MI @ Berserker Fest
3/05 Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
3/06 Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
3/07 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
3/08 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
3/09 Winnipeg, MB @ The Windsor Hotel
3/11 Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos Cantina
3/12 Edmonton, AB @ Brixx
3/13 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino
3/14 Kamloops, BC @ The Office
3/16 Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore
3/17 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/18 Spokane, WA @ The Pin
3/19 Portland, OR @ Panic Room
3/20 Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub
3/22 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
3/23 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
3/24 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room
3/25 San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
3/26 Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
3/27 Las Vegas, NV @ Divebar (no Holy Grail)
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
3/29 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
3/30 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/31 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
4/01 Indianapolis, IN @ 5th Quarter
4/02 Newport, KY @ Southgate House

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