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Black Tusk: Pillars Of Ash

Album Review

Celebrating a fallen brother’s last holler

Double Clutchin’, the crash-themed four-song suite that rounds out Black Tusk’s 2010 album Taste The Sin, turned shockingly prophetic when bassist/vocalist Athon died following a tragic motorcycle accident in November 2014.

Together with his two bandmates – Andrew Fidler (guitars, vocals) and Jamie May (drums, vocals) – Athon lived fast, rocked hard, and made an impression on those who witnessed Black Tusk’s unruly tunes rattle sweatbox venues. At the time of his passing, the Savannah, Georgia trio had three albums out and a fourth in the can. Recorded by Joel Grind and mastered by Brad Boatright, the raucous Pillars Of Ash is a fitting epitaph to Black Tusk’s fallen brother, whose bulldozing basslines and stout-hearted roars run amok one final time. 


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