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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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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 Friday, and he passed away yesterday. He was only 32. More »

By: 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 month, they’ll follow it up with the very impressive new EP Tend No Wounds. The video for their new song “In Days Of Woe” mostly consists of not-that-exciting studio footage,… More »

By: 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 necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am