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Taste the Sin

Black Tusk, Black Tusk, Black TuskVinyl
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  • Vinyl (May 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Relapse
  • ASIN: B0038QGU9S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,711 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Taste The Sin," the second full-length from Black Tusk and first on Relapse, rips into locomotive riffing and powerful per...see site for more info.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's and inevitable reality of the music business that applies to any genre. As soon as an original band comes along and becomes popular, soundalikes seem to sprout around it like mushrooms, and what's worse, labels go on a signing frenzy that ultimately kills whatever made that particular sound fresh in the first place. Whether these latecomer bands are legitimately pushing the same sound or just jump into a bandwagon is always a matter of debate, and much to their chagrin, Black Tusk will be probably lumped into the second group regardless of their musical merits.
Relapse Records has been pushing this trio from Savannah, Georgia as "Mastodon's back-water brethren" and that description is more than accurate: Black Tusk does sound a lot like the aforementioned band in their early albums. This is not to say that they're completely unoriginal or just another clone band: Black Tusk's take on the groovy sludge sound that Mastodon popularized with Remission is dirtier and groovier, without harmonized guitar leads and a much bigger southern rock influence, especially notable on Way of Horse and Bow. So ultimately, whether you like this band or not will depend on how much you miss Mastodon before they discovered the joys of prog rock while recording Blood Mountain and how burnt out you are by the relative glut of bands currently pursuing this sound. If you enjoy Bison BC, Baroness, Howl and Kylesa, you'll probably enjoy this album too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Black Tusk - Taste The Sin September 15, 2011
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Black Tusk's 2010 release Taste The Sin is the band's third full length studio outing and something of a breakthrough album in terms of popularity.

Sharing the Savannah Virgina hometown with Kylesa and Baroness, as well as artwork duties from John Baizely who is in Baroness and has also painted for Kylesa, it would seem that the marketing for this sludge and hardcore punk influenced trio is perfectly set up to recommend them to fans of Baroness and Kylesa (and by extension Mastodon.)

Black Tusk's sound is much less psychedelic/prog influenced than the aforementioned bands; a lot more dirty, low-fi and punk feeling, delivering that pure rock and roll attitude through fast and hammering songs with a sort of grimy and sweaty production sound. The band themselves have been known to use the term `Swamp Metal,' to describe their sound.

The album itself is all about attitude, delivering buzzing bass tones with slapping drums and noisy feedback-mess mixed with expertly handled big grooves and heavy riffs. The kind of songs where you can actually feel the musician's fingers on the strings, and the power in the drummer's shoulders as the hammers the toms.

Highlights include the speedy `The Way Of Horse And Bow,' the crunchy and groove filled `Snake Charmer,' as well as lead single `Red Eyes, Black Skies.'

Overall, Taste The Sin is a solid and enjoyable album from Black Fang. There is a lot to like on this particular album, in terms of energetic and heavy material and they are certainly worth checking out as a band if you like this type of music, dirty and sludgy as it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No frills, pure brutality August 15, 2010
By Steve
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Taste The Sin is one vicious record.

Drenched in the Southern metal sound of peers Baroness and Kylesa, Black Tusk rip out a more ferocious, unrelenting take on the style of those bands. Violent riffs compete with varyingly troubled yelps/guttural growls for attention, underlaid by a solid if occasionally unadventurous rhythm section. Whether slow, menacing sludge or slashing, breakneck metal, the attitude rarely sways from outright threatening.

Although this overbearing violence may not be to the tastes of everyone, it's an exhilarating listen when in the mood for something purely brutal. If watered down radio-metal is destroying your soul, Taste The Sin may well be just the aural antibody you require to detoxify - or perhaps retox - your system.
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