Black Tusk

Taste the Sin (Relapse)

Metallurgy

Black Tusk

Taste the Sin (Relapse)

Baroness, whose John Dyer Baizley also arts Savannah, Ga., scene mates Black Tusk, gets all the love, but the trio sharing its moniker with a British Columbian volcanic landmark spews its sophomore LP thrasher and Relapse Records bow with all the gusto of blacktop land rockets. Taste the Sin's compositional pulse remains too steady to distinguish it from 2008's Pass Through Purgatory, but the "Double Clutchin" suite comes closest to Black Tusk's live beating. (Black Tusk opens for Zoroaster at Emo's, Saturday, June 19.)

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