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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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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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Black Tusk Releases "Truth Untold" Music Video

Savannah sludge superstars Black Tusk released a new music video for the track "Truth Untold." The song appears on the band's new album "Tend No Wounds," which dropped this week via Relapse Records. This is the second video for the release, the first of which for "In Days of Woe," can be seen over here.

Check out "Truth Untold":

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Black Tusk Streaming "Tend No Wounds" EP

It is exactly a week to the date before the release of the "Tend No Wounds" EP from Savannah metallers Black Tusk. Starting today Punk News is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire EP. Get a first listen to "Tend No Wounds" at this location.

Black Tusk has announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer. They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and runs through July 27th in Memphis, TN. Black Tusk will also return to Europe this autumn to tour in support of "Tend No Wounds." The trio from Savannah, Georgia will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp.

The new EP's track listing is as follows:

1. A Cold Embrace
2. Enemy of Reason
3. The Weak and the Wise
4. Internal/Eternal
5. Truth Untold
6. In Days of Woe More...

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Black Tusk Posts New Track "Internal, External"

As the release date of the "Tend No Wounds" EP draws closer, Black Tusk has premiered another new track online. Today Crave Online is hosting the premiere of "Internal, External." Get a first listen to the track here or in the player below.

Black Tusk has also announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer. They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and run through July 27th in Memphis, TN. The band also confirmed a return to Europe this autumn to tour on the back of new EP "Tend No Wounds." The trio from Savannah, Georgia will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp.

The track listing is:

1. A Cold Embrace
2. Enemy of Reason
3. The Weak and the Wise
4. Internal/Eternal
5. Truth Untold
6. In Days of Woe More...

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Black Tusk Announces New Tour Dates

Black Tusk has confirmed that the band will return to Europe this autumn to tour on the back of brand new EP "Tend No Wounds." The trio from Savannah, Georgia will be supported on all dates by Fight Amp. The band commented:

"Black Tusk is excited to be returning to Europe and the UK to support our new EP Tend No Wounds. This will be our first time extensively touring the UK as well and we are excited to see new cities show up on the routing that aren't usually there. We couldn't be sharing the stage with a bunch of better dudes than Fight Amp and we are looking forward to slaying some shows and drinking some beers with all our buddies on the other side of the pond!"

Additionally, Brutal Panda Records has repressed the long out-of-print Black Tusk / Fight Amp split 7", featuring artwork from Baroness frontman John Baizley, specifically for the tour. The split is also available for order here.

"Tend No Wounds" is a six track EP that takes you on a "twenty minute ride of raging Southern rock and pure adrenaline, providing the perfect stop-gap between their last album - Set The Dial - and their next." More...

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Black Tusk Posts "In Days Of Woe" Video

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk will release new EP "Tend No Wounds" on July 23rd via Relapse Records. The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. The artwork was created by Brian Mercer (Eyehategod, Lamb of God, Zoroaster).

Today the band has teamed up with Invisible Oranges and Brooklyn Vegan for a premiere of the video for "In Days of Woe." Check it out here or in the player below.

Black Tusk has also announced a handful of regional tour dates for this summer. They start July 24th in Augusta, GA and run through July 27th in Memphis, TN. Dates are available after the jump.

1. A Cold Embrace
2. Enemy of Reason
3. The Weak and the Wise
4. Internal/Eternal
5. Truth Untold
6. In Days of Woe More...

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Black Tusk Announces New EP

Black Tusk will be releasing a new EP titled "Tend No Wounds" this coming July 23rd on CD/LP/digital formats via Relapse Records. The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. Pre-orders are available at this location, and the artwork can be viewed below.

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Black Tusk Reveals New EP Title

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk has completed recording an upcoming EP, which is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records.

The EP was recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC. Today Black Tusk has revealed the EP's title as "Tend No Wounds." More information including artwork and track listing will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The band is also getting ready to hit the road with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. Before the tour begins, Black Tusk will be playing two headline gigs April 19th and 20th. The tour supporting Kvlertak runs from April 22nd in Detroit, MI through May 25th in Raleigh, NC. Catch Black Tusk live: More...

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Black Tusk Finishes Recording EP

Savannah, GA's Black Tusk has completed recording the band's upcoming EP, which is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records. The EP, recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, will serve as a gateway between 2011's "Set The Dial" and the band's next full-length.

The band recently hit the road for a short run of headline dates, followed up by a month long run of shows with Today is the Day, KEN Mode, and Fight Amp then a two week run with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Black Tusk is also scheduled to appear at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The group will be headlining both the Rock of Ages Tattoo Showcase at Yellow Jacket Social Club on Friday March 15th with label mates Howl and True Widow and the Official Relapse Records / Chaos in Tejas Showcase with ASG, Royal Thunder, Howl, Inter Arma and Call of the Void on Saturday March 16th at Red 7. Details on both of these showcases are available below. More...

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Relapse Records Announces SXSW Showcase

Relapse Records has teamed up with Austin, TX’s music festival, Chaos in Tejas, to put together an unforgettable night of auditory madness at this year’s SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

The official showcase will feature a stage curated by each group and will take place at Red 7 on Saturday March 16th from 8 PM to 2 AM. The showcase will be free to all SXSW badge and wristband holders and open to the general public on a first come first serve basis. Further details on the showcase will be available via the Red 7 website shortly at this location.

The Relapse Records stage will be headlined by Savannah, GA’s sludge-rock warriors Black Tusk and feature sets from Relapse label-mates Royal Thunder, ASG, Howl, Inter Arma, and Call of the Void.

The Chaos In Tejas stage will be headlined by New Orleans bounce superstar Big Freedia and include performances from a diverse lineup including Antwon, Iron Lung, Power Trip, Merchandise, Parquet Courts and the Novice.

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Kvelertak Announces North American Tour

Kvelertak has unveiled details of a major North American headline tour deemed, “Meir Tour – North America 2013.” The spring trek celebrates the Norwegian rock band’s Roadrunner Records debut, "Meir," and kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. "Meir" arrives everywhere on March 26th.

The upcoming tour will see Kvelertak accompanied by a lineup that includes Cancer Bats and Black Tusk. A number of additional dates will be revealed in the coming days. Kvelertak is: Erlend Hjelvik (vocals), Vidar Landa (guitars), Bjarte Lund Rolland (guitars), Maciek Ofstad (guitars), Marvin Nygaard (bass), and Kjetil Gjermundrød (drums).

* w/Black Tusk only
** w/Cancer Bats only More...

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