When BLACK TUSK first hit the streets with their debut EP, ‘When Kingdoms Fall’ in the year 2005, the band had grown out of the Savannah scene but right from the start with their own twist.
The three-piece consisting of guitarist Andrew, Athon on bass, and drummer James with all sharing vocal duties added a dash of punk as well as a viscous heaviness and groove to the Savannah school of rock that some critics compared with various stoner and sludge outfits.
Flanked by further EPs, split-singles, and demos, BLACK TUSK steadily expanded both in reach and number of die-hard followers with each successive album, ‘The Fallen Kingdom’ (2007), ‘Passage Through Purgatory’ (2008), ‘Taste the Sin’ (2010), ‘Set the Dial’ (2011), and ‘Pillars of Ash’ (2016). Partly responsible for their success, are the strong live shows of the trio, which garnered early attention on tour with such heavy-weights as BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, DOWN, WEEDEATER, and EYEHATEGOD. Meanwhile the band has toured and performed at most major metal festivals both at home and overseas.
Their latest full-length, ‘Pillars of Ash’ sadly had to appear posthumously for one member as the band had tragically lost their charismatic bass-player Athon through a motorcycle accident. With a heavy heart, BLACK TUSK decided to honour Athon’s memory by carrying on and recruited veteran musician and already long-time friend Corey Barhorst to take over his duties on the low end.
At the present, BLACK TUSK have already entered studio at the Garage Savannah to record their forthcoming six studio album; jointly produced with Aphelion. Mixing will lie in the hands of engineer and long-time collaborator Chris “Scary” Adams while Brad Boatright has been chosen for the mastering.
Andrew Fidler: guitar, vocals
Corey Barhorst: bass, vocals
James May: drums, vocals
31 Mar 18 Atlanta, GA (US) The Basement (Hammerhead Fest 7)
13 Apr 18 Columbia, SC (US) Indie Grits Festival
12 May 18 Savannah, GA (US) Sulfur Studios