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From where I’m sitting, the best heavy metal in the world is being made in the American Southeast, by heavily bearded and tattooed bands who know just what to do with a fuzz-pedal. Mastodon, who have been drifting toward watery prog lately, are probably nonetheless patron saints of this great little wave. Kylesa and Baroness,… More »

Black Tusk were one of my highlights from this past SXSW. I rarely “Tweet” at shows — because I’m too busy watching the shows — but this time I grabbed the phone and spewed: “Black Tusk, wow: Fenriz in Kylesa-as-macho-power-trio.” And later, recollected in tranquility:

Live the trio makes great use of three… More »

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Black Tusk – “Desolation Of Endless Times”

In 2014, Jonathan Athon, bassist for the great Georgia metal power trio Black Tusk, died in a motorcycle crash. He'd recorded one final album with…
Tom Breihan | January 12, 2016 - 3:35 pm

Black Tusk – “God’s On Vacation”

Last year, Jonathan Athon, bassist for the great Savannah crunch-metal trio Black Tusk, died in a motorcycle accident. He was only 31. If you ever…
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2015 - 12:56 pm

R.I.P. Jonathan Athon

This one hurts. Jonathan Athon, bassist for the great Savannah, Georgia sludge-metal power trio Black Tusk, has died. Athon was in a motorcycle accident on…
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Black Tusk – “In Days Of Woe” Video

Back in 2011, beardy Georgia sludge-monster trio Black Tusk earned themselves an Album Of The Week distinction for the utterly badass Set The Dial. Next…
Tom Breihan | June 20, 2013 - 5:17 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am