Black Tusk
Taste The Sin


3.0
good

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
May 18th, 2010 | 75 replies | 21,640 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Taste the Sin sounds just like its cover-art suggests.

For a state that, thanks to things like the minting of State quarters and the Allman Brothers, is primarily known of for its peaches, Georgia's metal scene is anything but sweet. Taking cues from the state's gnarled, heavily bearded past, the bands that have emerged from it over the last decade have more in common with General Sherman's “total war” conflagrations and the disgusting backwoods of Deliverance than the fuzzy fruits. Acts like Mastodon, Kylesa, and Baroness have torn their own ways through the shady South, but despite their different paths, they've all retained certain characteristics such as hulking, monolithic riffs, booming cave-man vocals, and a reverence for nitty-gritty bayou blues. Blacktusk is no different. A good give away is the John Baizley cover art. For some people that's all they'll really need to know about Blacktusk's new album Taste the Sin, as having Baizley do you album art is sort of like what the Nintendo Seal of Approval was to Super Nintendo games only applied to metal.

Blacktusk take a no bullshit approach to Southern Metal. While their contemporaries are expanding the sound by adding influence from classic rock and prog, on Taste the Sin Blacktusk stick with the barnstorming approach of semi-sludgy down tuned power chords and cascading walls of percussion that propelled their 2008 debut Passage Through Purgatory. From the opening tom rolls of “Embrace the Madness” to the thick, rip-roaring down strokes of “Toe Fry”, Blacktusk bang out jam after crusty jam with the power and fury of Sherman's march to the sea. Unfortunately, much like its predecessor, Taste the Sin's greatest asset, its unrelenting pace, is also its downfall. Although perfectly executed on a song by song basis, Blacktusk's refusal to venture out from their comfort zone can become grating as every song relies on the same build ups, patterns, and structures so that if you start to look for anything more than an album to test out your headbanging skills, you come up a bit on the short side. This lack of diversity is why Blacktusk are currently stuck playing second fiddle to their brethren in Mastodon and Baroness. That's not to say that Blacktusk haven't made an album worthy of your time. Taste the Sin is a promising example of the furious side of Georgian metal scene that is only hampered by the band being afraid to stray from their safety net. Here's hoping that next time they are willing to try something new, because you can only play the same old songs for so long before people start to catch on.



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robertsona
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



14989 Comments


"Taste the Sin sounds just like its cover-art suggests."

then why doesnt this have a 5

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



17197 Comments


because to me it suggests a 3

Blindsided
May 18th 2010



1871 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Might review this too but idk if I can go higher than a 3.5 on my part.
Review is good, album is good but not amazing.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



16134 Comments


"For some people that's all they'll really need to *know*"

Transport
May 18th 2010



25 Comments


BARONESS ALERYTT

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



16134 Comments


And yeah, this band just isn't as good as Mastodon or Baroness.

I did lol at the reference to Sherman's march to the sea. Oh, the irony.

Ponton
Emeritus
May 18th 2010



5784 Comments


great review. Staff have been all over it lately

Nikkolae
May 18th 2010



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"And yeah, this band just isn't as good as Mastodon or Baroness."

this is compleatly diferent to any of those two bands imo, i loved passage through purgatory and im still to check this out but i will right now

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AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2010



16134 Comments


I wouldn't say they're completely different. They retain a lot of the same elements of that scene. But yeah, they do have their own distinct sound in a way.

iarescientists
May 18th 2010



5863 Comments


aww damn didn't know this was out

passage through purgatory was baller as fuck so i'll check this out no matter what you say adam bromas

Nikkolae
May 18th 2010



4769 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk man i really cant draw out many parallels between blacktusk's PTP, Baroness's Frist (red album is even more diferent) or Mastodon's Remission, all of them the bands first albums

ThePalestMexican
May 18th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What's these guys fetishes with pigs and women?

eternium
May 18th 2010



16304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I love this. I agree that the band could actually venture out further and Redline feels like it should have exploded, instead of suddenly ending like it did.

The main downfall for me is how much the band sounds like Kylesa.

Btw, going to Savannah this weekend. Fuck yeah!

ThePalestMexican
May 18th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I noticed the art is similar to Baroness, I just noticed how both of these guys albums are similar. As Baroness managed to change the animals up a little in between the albums.

Dev518
May 18th 2010



571 Comments


There seems to be a lack of originality.

HenchmanOfSanta
May 18th 2010



1852 Comments


This band started popping up in my last.fm recommendations (as did Black Cobra). I'm sure it's unoriginal, but I basically like sludge automatically, so I'll probably wind up getting this and giving it a 3.5.

rasputin
May 19th 2010



14517 Comments


"Taste the Sin sounds just like its cover-art suggests."

then why doesnt this have a 5


cover art suggests it sounds shitty like baroness

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 19th 2010



8318 Comments


nice review, I'll look into this

Inveigh
May 19th 2010



24800 Comments


I'm interested, but seeing as how I still need to get Kylesa's last album, it might be a week or so before I get to this haha. Good review man.

Channing
May 19th 2010



497 Comments


what the hell do u know adam bromas



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