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Tree of No Return

TuskAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tortuga
  • ASIN: B0002MHE3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tree of No Return
2. The Rising Terror, The Setting Sun
3. Lost in the Woods
4. Stravation Demention
5. Urus Arctos-Walk the Valley

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tusk - 'Tree Of No Return' (UK Amazon review) February 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Tree Of No Return' is grim. Very grim. And not, of course, in a muddy black metal way or a sub-frequency drone way - Tusk's medium is more towards intense, discordant noisecore with a miserable and hopeless air about it, courtesy of the King-Buzzo-meets-gargling-serial-killer vocals. Coupled with Aaron Turner's dripping, ominous artwork, 'Tree Of No Return' is an utterly bleak spasm of twisted riffs and obtuse arrangements, geared towards rendering the album (nearly - it's less than 20 minutes long) as a whole piece rather than a collection of songs. Not that they much resemble 'songs' anyway.

The production is murky, which is not helped by the general nastiness of the riffs, but what one loses in clarity is more than made up by successful delivery. Of course it's possible to draw parallels with other bands, and if pushed I'd name Discordance Axis, 'Times Of Grace'-era Neurosis, Pig Destroyer at their creepiest and naturally Pelican (the loose, ringing dischord riffs are equally as apparent here, if not more so), but somehow they don't seem to add up to Tusk. The reason for this is that 'Tree Of No Return' is technically a concept album telling the story of a man losing himself to madness, and none of the above bands have tried this approach. As the music progresses, it gets more unhinged and by the time the squealing psychedelic insanity of 'Ursus Arctus - Walk The Valley' subsides, you'll feel like you've been in a kind of sick musical washing machine. It is constantly edgy.

Plus, the CD-ROM features are excellent. We're treated to a raw-as-hell promo as well as a few even-rawer-than-hell live videos from several obscure locations inside America, each offering a snapshot of Tusk's frantic and occasionally terrifying live performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Evil December 3, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on record a few days ago because I saw it had members from Pelican involved and was not sorry. Far from fast this album takes it's time and builds on slow evil dissonant guitars. There is alot of strange background noise that adds alot of texture and mood. The best way I thought to describe the vocals is to combine the witch from the movie Legend screaming in a metal band, and the vocals from Immortal (wicked evil sounding). From first listen you might not know members from pelican were involved but if you pay close attention you can pick up a few parts here and there. If you like Pelican and some evil deep metal you should pick this up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and original and weird and heavy and listenable February 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
members of Pelican embark on a mission of heavy, experimental quasi-grindcore. it's heavy (as you would expect from members of Pelican), and really weird, but sort of in an accessible way (not in, say, a Boredoms kind of way, where after listening to it you feel like you just ate a bunch of acid of something). it's weird in a way that makes you want to keep listening to it because it's awesome. it has moments of atmosphere, moments of crushing heaviness, and a few moments of really nice melody. it's really, really great. and at a mere 23 minutes, you can listen to it over and over and over.
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