Album Of The Day: Black Tusk ? Taste The Sin

Kategorie: Roadburn Festival
geschrieben von: Roadburn Festival geschrieben am: 15.07.2010 um: 03:42 Uhr

Lovingly pinched from Pitchfork: The single, substantive frill of Taste the Sin, the excellent Relapse debut album by Savannah, Ga., metal trio Black Tusk, comes as the final track begins. “Well, hell, World War II gave us the ball point pen,” says the actor Charles Tyner in a monologue excerpted from his hilarious role as the militant Uncle Victor in the 1971 film Harold and Maude. With tales of war and murder, and his well-decorated uniform, he brings the lugubrious teen Harold to some uncomfortable intersection of euphoria and orgasm. “I say get the krauts on the other side of the fence where they belong. Let’s get back to the kind of enemy worth killing.”

Black Tusk eventually interrupt Tyner’s talk, massive drums and turbid guitar slashing through the script like lightning bolts. But the passage is significant as a thematic statement and– by then, 34 minutes into these 37– a reminder of just how relentless and economical Taste the Sin has been.
Jonathan Athon’s swollen bass tone and the band’s tendency to put it in the middle suggest fellow Southern metallurgists Weedeater, while the serrated vocals and mid-tempo dominance recall fellow Savannah lords Baroness. But Black Tusk’s particular alchemy of metal and hardcore elides the fancy tangents of both bands, swapping Baroness’ acoustic and hyper-technical alleyways and Weedeater’s smoked-skull drones for a deliberate, methodical mix of marches and sprints. Churning like hardcore and viscous like stoner metal, Taste the Sin is the rare crossover record that works to capitalize on the immediacy of its chosen genres and not to bend them into obscurity. It’s a power play.

Continue reading: Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Black Tusk: Taste the Sin.

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