Sludge is probably my favorite form of metal that I listen to the least. Bands like Lord Dying, Roundtable, and Unmothered have captured my attention with their work and albums even today, and the combination of punk and metal continues to astound me to this very day. Ever since Roundtable’s phenomenal last album, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the next awesome sludge record that I would have the privilege of hearing, and that album is Black Tusk’s upcoming “Pillars of Ash”.
When I say this is a stunning piece of sludge metal, I mean it is fucking incredible in every sense of the term. A ridiculous 11 track album, “Pillars of Ash” does not in one way disappoint. Vocals that are as harsh as they are raw, guitars that pull off marvelous riffs that grip you every single time, a thundering bass that does not let up, and a drum that has an awesome pace in every track are all things that really make the nine tracks that are 3 minutes or less all the more delicious, and the ones that are longer than 3 minutes even more savory. That’s another thing too – the length of the tracks. Black Tusk seemed to have incorporated probably the most well known style of punk into their version of sludge metal and that is shorter length tracks that are faster, angrier, and more intense so that the shorter experiences have more meat to them than they initially seem, and I do have to say that Black Tusk pulled off that aspect of their style flawlessly. The longer tracks, though, are in my opinion the best of “Pillars of Ash” because they show Black Tusk’s versatility and how they can only make shorter songs, and that’s always a nice thing to have if you ask me.
By the end of this album, I can pretty much guarantee you that if you’re any fan of sludge metal that you will get more than your fill with this album. A real meaty record that doesn’t disappoint in any way whatsoever and keeps you listening until the very end, Black Tusk demonstrate with “Pillars of Ash” that even after three full lengths they aren’t anywhere near to even thinking about throwing in the towel. And with this being a founding member’s last album with Black Tusk, I can safely say that he left on a glorious note.
“Pillars of Ash” comes out January 29th!
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