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Taste The Sin (Deluxe Edition)

by Black Tusk

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The Savannah scene has produced so many great bands you'd be excused for thinking that sludge is in the water there, but there's no excuse for overlooking BLACK TUSK. Comparisons of 'Taste The Sin' to bands BLACK TUSK considers brothers only tell part of the tale; the band's sophomore release and first for Relapse Records rips into you with locomotive riffing and powerful percussion, creating a furious display that incorporates the fury of punk and the precision of thrash metal within a familiar Southern-fried landscape. If 'Taste the Sin' is wrong, you won't want to be right!

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released May 25, 2010

Relapse Records



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Black Tusk Savannah, Georgia

Black Tusk was born from sweat. There was blood, and maybe a few tears, too, but more than anything, it was sweat that marked the earliest years of Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk. Formed in 2005 by three lifelong friends—bassist Jonathan Athon, guitarist Andrew Fidler, and drummer James May—the band welded together what they called “swamp metal.”

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Track Name: Embrace The Madness
Time is coming
Heed the sound
Rip your face off
Thrash around

No use fighting
You can't run
Bursting through you
Like a gun

Storm is brewing
No control
Embrace the madness
In your soul

Black to black
Tusk to tusk
Ashes to ashes
Dust to dust

Make your ears bleed

Crash of thunder
Summon rain
Thrash the stage
Into flames
Track Name: Snake Charmer
Slithering down
From righteous skies
Look in its eyes
So divine

Nectar of gods
Symbol of lust
Knowledge of all
Just out of grasp

Serpent of hell
Taste of the flesh
Come down

Ignorant bliss
Taste the sin
Weakness of men

From my side
In due time
Opened my eyes
Hunger for more

Charmed by the snake
And thou be damned
Track Name: Red Eyes, Black Skies
Running through the mist, knee deep snow drifts
Lungs tight, heart pounds, cannot back down
Hear them stalking, hot breathe, dark night, fear rips inside, no place to hide.

Surrounded, trap down, first light, last dawn, their howls draw near, their hunt, my fear
Teeth shine, blood drips, fangs curl, snarled lips, slain by the beast, all hell unleashed.

Red eyes, black skies
Red paints the land, signs of my last stand
Time to feed once again.
Track Name: Way Of Horse And Bow

Hear my call
Raise your swords
Mount your stead
Lord of lords

For honor

I have no laws
Bound by blood
Truth and valor

Pledged my life
Warrior's creed

Plunge the blade
Left to right
To the hilt
Drained my life

Glory in death
Keep my pride
Take my soul
Ride the knife
Track Name: Unleash The Wrath
Now is the time
This is the place
These are our terms
In time we show our face
Our shackles are broken
You will meet your demise
My spirit you cannot take
And now we will rise
Track Name: Twist The Knife
My trust, forsaken again
Hung out to dry once again
Your word, has proved to be shit
Left here, dealing with it
No honor amongst thieves

Dead weight, holding me down
Useless, stripped of your crown
Your lies brought me to this end
Cannot call you a friend

Deceit, now you know your place
Can't rise, with your foot on my face

Twist the knife again
Track Name: The Takeoff
Take off
Hammer down, swerve, roaring sound
Steel frame bends, southern bound

I stand lone, this is mine
Kick up dust, on my quest for speed
Breath runs short, adrenaline
See the heat, running red

Lead sled rips through the night
Life or death, on my quest for speed
ON my way, nothing can stop me now
Sacrifice, all that has left me now
Track Name: The Ride
No flaws
No faults
No cares

No tread, death proof
Rev up, gripping the wheel with my hands
Rev up, preparing for my last stand
Where am I at, where do I go
Don't know where I'm goin, but I ain't goin slow
Double clutchin
Track Name: The Crash
Too far, journey has come to an end
Times up, no chance to repent for my sins
Lights out, far from heaven so send me to Hell
Fuck you, this is my final farewell
Devil on my shoulder, bold and getting bolder
Devin on my shoulder, cold and getting colder
Wreckage, a mass of twisted steel
Glory, hands are still stuck to the wheel
Ain't goin slow!