Savannah 'swamp metallers' Black Tusk return with a blistering new track

Black Tusk promo pic 2018

When Black Tusk bass player Athon tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in 2014, the Savannah, Georgia self-described ‘swamp metallers’ responded in the only way they knew how: kick back into gear, maintain their velocity, use it as a cathartic spur.

Released in Athon’s wake, 2016’s Pillars Of Ash was a raw and ravaging response. With new recruit, former Kylesa bassist Corey Barhorst - who had then replaced the late Brian Duke - it used rhythms as spark plugs as taut, rust-encrusted riffs loaded up on punk spirit, racing around your nervous system with daredevil urgency.

A mere two years later, Black Tusk are haring around the bend again with a new album, T.C.B.T., due to be let out of the Season Of Mist Records traps on August 17, and we have a special preview in the friction-inducing form of Agali. Grafting on a bit more of Kylesa’s DNA, its pounding groove is the motor for a strain-at-the-leash, three-and-a-half-minute surge whose Kvlertak-level adrenaline rush will leave you picking up your senses from all four corners of your room.

Time is not for wasting, so strap on your goggles, rev up your engines and wig out to Agali below!

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Jonathan Selzer

Having freelanced regularly for the Melody Maker and Kerrang!, and edited the extreme metal monthly, Terrorizer, for seven years, Jonathan is now the overseer of all the album and live reviews in Metal Hammer. Bemoans his obsolete superpower of being invisible to Routemaster bus conductors, finds men without sideburns slightly circumspect, and thinks songs that aren’t about Satan, swords or witches are a bit silly.