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Black Tusk

Formed: 2005
From: GA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Black Tusk News

Below is our complete Black Tusk news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Berserker III Band Lineup Announced

This March, the Masonic Temple in Detroit, Michigan will play host to the annual Berserker Music Fest.

Now in its third year, the event - a truly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and wife Veronica - Berskerer III boasts its most devouring lineups to date with the all-ages three-night/three-stage gala.

Appearances will be made by internationally touring acts like Voivod, Ghoul, Conan, Macabre, Cannabis Corpse and Black Tusk as well as a spattering of new and established Michigan-based artists like Acid Witch, Child Bite, Perversion and Shit Life.

Comments Knight, "It's a fucking blast putting this thing together. Veronica and I pick all of the bands and organize the entire weekend. I handle all of the art and a lot of the promotion side too. It's a metric shit ton of work and it's really stressful, but in the end it's all worth it. We're basically just making something that we wish was already had; a bit of the ol' 'if you build it, they will come.' I spent a lot of time at various metal fests last year, either playing them with Child Bite or simply attending them. It's great to see what works, what doesn't, and just in general let it affect how we plan our next event. This is our biggest lineup yet, and our biggest venue, so I can't wait to see how it all turns out!"

Sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon, VGKids, ESP Printing, UHF Records, CJAM 99.1 FM and Woodward Avenue Brewers, Berserker III will take place on March 3rd, 4th, and 5th with a special FREE PreSerker kickoff party slated to take place at Small's (Hamtramck) on Wednesday, March 2nd featuring eight bands on two stages. More...

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Black Tusk Premieres Pre-Release Full-Album Stream

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk premieres the pre-release full-album stream of the band's upcoming new album "Pillars Of Ash", which will be out in stores January 29th via Relapse Records. "Pillars Of Ash" was recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind.

Check out now "Pillars Of Ash" in its entirety below.

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Black Tusk Premieres "Desolation Of Endless Times"

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk premieres a new song entitled "Desolation Of Endless Times", taken from the upcoming new album "Pillars Of Ash", which was recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind and will be out in stores January 29th via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Desolation Of Endless Times" below.

Black Tusk will kick off a long U.S. tour next week in support of the band's new album. First with Royal Thunder and special guest Bask as support, followed by the Black Tusk & Holy Grail North American Tour. Check out all dates below: More...

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Holy Grail Premieres New Song "No More Heroes"

Los Angeles-based heavy metal warriors Holy Grail premieres a new song entitled "No More Heroes", taken from the upcoming new album "Times of Pride and Peril", which will be out in stores via Prosthetic Records on February 12th, 2016.

Says vocalist James Paul Luna of the song: "Conspiracy or not, heavy shit is going down in the world, and we can’t survive battling it alone. ‘No More Heroes‘ is about the evils of tyranny and self-will, where only strength in numbers can persevere. We’re all in this together, for the win. With that being said, we’re very pumped to be hitting the road with the mighty Black Tusk this spring. Together, we will wave the flag of heavy metal across North America, and together we will shred in the name of heavy metal. Stay hard and see you soon."

Check out now "No More Heroes" below.

Dates for the tour with Black Tusk James Paul Luna mentioned above can be found below: More...

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Black Tusk Announces Shows With Holy Grail

Black Tusk just checked in with this announcement about gearing up to hit the road with holy Grail next month:

"We told ya a little while back we'd be hitting the road this spring with Holy Grail, after our dates with Royal Thunder well, here are all the dates! This is going to be a real motherfucker of a tour!"

Dates for the upcoming trek are as follows: More...

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Black Tusk Premieres New Song "Born Of Strife"

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk premieres a new song entitled "Born Of Strife", taken from the upcoming new album "Pillars Of Ash", which was recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind and will be out in stores January 29th via Relapse Records.

Check out now "Born Of Strife" below.

Black Tusk will also kick off a U.S. tour in support of the new album, with Royal Thunder and special guest Bask as support. Check out all dates below: More...

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Black Tusk Announces Tour With Royal Thunder

In anticipation of the release of the forthcoming "Pillars of Ash" LP (January 29th via Relapse), Savannah, GA's Black Tusk will kick off a U.S. tour, presented by New Noise Magazine, with Royal Thunder and special guest Bask.

The first leg of the tour has been announced today and will take the bands throughout the southern portion of the United States, with stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and Georgia for two weeks in January and February. Check out the tour routing below.

Recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind behind the boards and featuring artwork by Jeremy Hush, "Pillars of Ash" is the culmination of three brothers-in-arms' blood, sweat and tears. Check out the song "God's On Vacation" at this location. More...

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Black Tusk Reveals "Pillars Of Ash" Release

Black Tusk has announced the release of "Pillars Of Ash," the band's forthcoming album and final recordings with founding bassist Athon.

Produced by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust, "Pillars Of Ash" is due out worldwide on CD/LP/digital formats via Relapse Records this coming January 29, 2016.

Stream the new track "God's On Vacation" in the player below, and you can pre-order the album now via Relapse Records here. More...

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Black Tusk Pulls Out Of European Tour

Black Tusk was set to embark on a European trek alongside High On Fire starting in early November, but the band has now officially pulled out. Black Tusk comments via Facebook:

"We are sorry to have pull out on the High On Fire European tour. There were various factors why we came to this decision to cancel. We tried all sorts of new ideas and ways to make the tour work, but in the end we couldn't do it.

"We were really hoping for the new album to be out by this tour as well, but we couldn't get it out in time. With all this being said, we are once again sorry and hope to see you guys when we start touring next year and everything is in order and ready to go.

"We are going to take the rest of this year to get the new record ready for touring and start writing new music with Corey. See ya next year!"

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Black Tusk Announces Tour With High On Fire

Following a brief European stint this summer, Georgia’s Black Tusk will again cross the pond this November to demolish 12 countries in Western & Eastern Europe and Scandinavia alongside stoner metal brethren and Relapse alumni High On Fire.

North Carolina psychedelic hard rockers Bask will be accompanying the two metallic giants on the trek, which kicks off in Poland on November 3rd.

Black Tusk faced tragedy last year with the unexpected passing of brother and bandmate Athon, just two months after the band had finished recording its fifth full-length album with Joel Grind at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR.

In the spirit of Athon, the band has persevered - Black Tusk has continued touring relentlessly, and the band’s final album with Athon will be released next year via Relapse Records. More...

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Black Tusk Announces Additional Headline Shows

Black Tusk recently announced the band would be honoring fallen brother and band mate Athon's memory by returning to the live stage for a tour of Europe with Black Label Society.

Today the band has announced an additional twelve headlining dates in Europe around the tour. A complete list of stops is included below.

Black Tusk recently completed a fifth full-length record with producer Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust at Audiosiege Studios in Portland, OR this past September. The record will see a mid 2015 release via Relapse Records. More...

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Black Tusk Returning To The Stage

After a trying year and the loss of brother and band mate Athon, Black Tusk will be honoring Athon's wishes and going on tour in Europe with Black Label Society. The band comments:

"It's been an incredibly trying time for us over the past month and we want to thank everyone for their support.

"We had confirmed the tour with Black Label Society and finished the new album before Athon's accident and Athon, specifically, had been very excited about the opportunity to tour with BLS and we feel there's no way he'd want things to end on this note.

"Corey Barhorst, formerly of Kylesa and currently of Niche, will be stepping in for Athon for the time being. All of us go back over 10 years and Corey seemed the natural choice to carry on for Athon."

The band has set up a memorial fund for Athon, his girlfriend and his family. Donations can be made at AthonFund@gmail.com. Catch the band live on these dates: More...

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Black Tusk Announces Memorial Fund

Black Tusk bassist Jonathon Athon died earlier this month after being in a motorcylce crash, and the members of the band have now issued the following statement about setting up a memorial fund:

"We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the overwhelming amount of support received in the past week.

"Many of you have been inquiring about Athon's medical bills and how you can help. As of now, they are covered. However, we would still like you to contribute if you can. Athon was a very giving person, and he thoroughly enjoyed helping others with his endless skill sets.

"Athon played a very large role in the renovation of fellow bassist and friend Jason Statts' home after he was paralyzed from a gunshot wound, and he regularly checked in on Jason to listen to music, grill out, or just provide company. Athon and his friend Keith Kozel worked together over the last decade every October to prepare the Jinx bar for their annual Halloween extravaganza.

"Keith was recently diagnosed with a degenerative kidney disease, and he is in dire need of a transplant. While Athon's medical expenses have been covered, his girlfriend Emily's have not. She has undergone surgery and faces a long road to recovery both physically and emotionally.

"So in the spirit of Jonathan Athon, we ask that you contribute to this fund that will split the proceeds among Emily, Keith, and Jason. Help Athon keep helping people. We have set up a PayPal at AthonFund@gmail.com if you care to donate. Thank you. TCBT forever."

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Metal Bands Share Their Stories About Athon

Bassist Jonathan Athon from Black Tusk passed away this weekend after being in a motorcycle crash, and since then many bands from across the metal community have commented on how Athon impacted their lives.

Skeletonwitch shared this story about Black Tusk:

"Many years ago we left Ohio, bound for Savannah, GA, to tour with some new friends in a band called Black Tusk. In a now legendary move (that we will never let him forget) Andrew from Black Tusk booked the shows on the wrong calendar year! This resulted in about 5 days off in a row while things got sorted out.

"Andrew, James, and Athon rolled out the red carpet (and about 500 beers) and let us move in to 'Black Tusk Manor' for those 5 days. We've been family ever since.

"Yesterday we lost a brother. Athon, we miss you. We will carry your music and the many, many, memories with us forever. Our thoughts are with Andrew, James, Athon's family, and the entire creative community in Savannah, where Jonathan Athon will be sorely missed." More...

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Black Tusk Bassist Passes Away

Black Tusk's Jonathan Athon was involved in a vehicle accident earlier this weekend, and now the band has issued the following statement about Athon passing away:

"It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident.

"Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated.

"His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud."

Black Tusk had entered the studio back in September with producer Joel Grind to work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.

Our condolences go out to Athon's family and bandmates. You can leave a message for Black Tusk over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...

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Black Tusk Enters The Studio

Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk has entered the studio to begin work on the follow-up to 2013's "Tend No Wounds" EP.

The band is currently holed up in Portland, OR at Audiosiege Studios with Toxic Holocaust front man and producer Joel Grind. Black Tusk is currently shooting for a release in the first half of 2015 via Relapse Records.

The band comments on the collaboration with Joel Grind: "This one's got everything! Get ready for a roller coaster ride! We are super excited to release this one. Everyone will see that this was well worth the wait! Joel was perfect for this album and when you hear it, you'll see why!" More...

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Black Tusk Releasing New 7"

Savannah, GA power trio Black Tusk has announced a brand new 7” featuring two tracks recorded earlier this year with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, YOB, Corrections House) at Converse’s Rubber Tracks Studios in Brooklyn, NY.

The 7” features artwork from Baroness frontman John Baizley and will see a release this summer via Hyperrealist Records / A Perfect Monster.

The new tracks are available for purchase via iTunes here. You can also stream them below, thanks to MetalSucks.net. More...

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Southern Darkness Festival Lineup Announced

Scrapyard Magazine is proud to announce Florida's first annual Southern Darkness Fest will take place on August 23rd, 2014 in Tampa/Ybor City. More names are still being confirmed, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:

Pelican
All Pigs Must Die
Maruta
Centuries
Sannhet
Mouth of the Architect
Black Tusk
Jungbluth
Yautja
Order of the Owl
A Storm of Light
Phobia
Strong Intention
Zoroaster
Everything Went Black
Weekend Nachos
Lord Mantis
Coke Bust
ASG
Junius
Set and Setting
Traitor Crucifix
Cosm More...

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Downfall Of Gaia Announces New Tour Dates

Downfall of Gaia has just announced two support tours for June with Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk. The tours will include dates throughout mainland Europe, including Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and more.

Comments Downfall of Gaia: "We are happy to announce our first European tour for 2014! This time we are glad to hit the road with the mighty Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk, playing Germany and Belgium on our way to Hellfest in Clisson, France! After a little stop at Hellfest it's Black Tusk and us on our own for a few more dates to go. Pretty much looking forward to return to all of those countries this upcoming summer that gave us such a good time on our last European tour!" More...

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Black Tusk Announces New Shows

Savannah, Georgia's Black Tusk is getting ready to head over to Europe for a headline run beginning this Friday September 13th with Fight Amp providing support.

Immediately following those dates, Black Tusk has announced a North American headline tour with label mates Inter Arma providing support. These dates kick off October 24th in Johnson City, TN and are scheduled to run through November 15th in Birmingham, AL.

European Tour:
13.09.13 Germany Frankfurt @ 11er
14.09.13 Belgium Antwerpen @ Trix
16.09.13 France Toulouse @ Le Saint des Seins
17.09.13 Spain Barcelona @ Razzmatazz 3
18.09.13 Spain Madrid @ La Boite
19.09.13 Portugal Porto @ Armazém do Chá
20.09.13 Spain Bilbao @ Azkena
21.09.13 France Montpellier @ Secret Place
22.09.13 Italy Milano @ Lo Fi Club
23.09.13 Germany München @ Feierwerk
24.09.13 Switzerland Geneve @ l'usine
25.09.13 Switzerland Zürich @ Dynamo Werk 21
26.09.13 Austria Wien @ Arena
27.09.13 Poland Wroclaw @ Obserwatorium
28.09.13 Poland Bydgoszcz @ Estrada stagebar
29.09.13 Czech Rep Prague @ 007
30.09.13 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia
01.10.13 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
02.10.13 Norway Stavanger @ Checkpoint Charlie
03.10.13 Norway Oslo @ Revolver
04.10.13 Sweden Linköping @ Lorient
06.10.13 Holland Hengelo @ Metropool KZ
07.10.13 UK London @ Barfly
08.10.13 UK Southampton @ The Cellar
09.10.13 UK Manchester @ Alter Ego
10.10.13 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
11.10.13 UK Bath @ Green Park Tavern
12.10.13 Germany Essen @ Cafe Nova More...

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