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Album Review

On their earlier albums, Black Tusk nailed their colors to the mast with a driving sound that infused the progressive sludge the South is becoming known for with the energy of hardcore, creating a rampaging blend the band referred to as "swamp metal." Though that intensity has served the band well, their EP Tend No Wounds finds them slowing things down a bit with a midtempo sound that gives their murky riffage a little breathing room. Although it's fair to say that "polished" isn't a term one would generally use to describe a band like Black Tusk, the sound on the EP definitely feels cleaned up, removing some of the suffocating sludge of their previous efforts while still keeping things plenty heavy. The thing is, that sense of claustrophobic hostility is what made Black Tusk such a thriving and volatile band, and without it Tend No Wounds feels a bit tentative. What's clear, however, is that the band is in some kind of transition, and despite all the pieces not quite being in place, it's easy to see how they'll all eventually fit together. This makes Tend No Wounds an album that, while by no means bad, is definitely more of a missing link for die-hard fans to get a taste of what's to come.

Customer Reviews


Great Heavy Southern Metal!!!

Most mature release to date

I know it's just an EP but in these seven songs you can see how far this band has come over the years. The group has truly found their sound, and can't wait for the next effort!

These dudes are awesome

Great people great music and will melt your face live!


Formed: 2005 in Savannah, GA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Emerging onto the metal scene from Savannah, Georgia in 2005, Black Tusk specialize in a brand of sludgy metal they call "swamp metal." The band, consisting of members Andrew (guitar/vocals), Athon (bass/vocals), and James (drums/vocals), combines the drive of fellow Savannah residents Baroness with the thick and murky stoner sludge of High on Fire. In 2005, the band self-released its first demo, Demos and the Demons, as well as the album When Kingdoms Fall, which was released on Wrecked Signal....
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Tend No Wounds - EP, Black Tusk
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  • $7.74
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jul 23, 2013

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