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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Tree of No Return
Tortuga Recordings

Rating: 5.5/10 ?

January 21, 2005
Metal as a circus theme song, a sideshow of freaks, math-rock gone awry; ladies and gentlemen, Tusk.

If nothing else, these guys are highly original and their songwriting chafes the conventions of structure. Featuring members of math-metal band Pelican and a press sheet telling a faux-horror story about a "hapless drifter inexorably stranded in a nightmarish hinterland," the band combines Black Sabbath-sludge with Butthole Surfers-dementia on their second release.

Jody Minnoch's vocals range from death-metal screams to whiney nasal throat wrenches. The band uses an array of instruments including bowed mandolin, banjo and recorder to get their point across, although the most insistent and recurring sounds are waves of distortion and double kick drum pedal assaults.

Their saving grace is that, more often than not, what might be boring metal whitewash devolves into a Primus-like swirl of bass notes and affected vocals. Tusk are full of ideas, but this EP, short in length though it is, can be a trying affair for pseudo-disciples of the music of the goat. Originality sometimes rears its ugly head, and Tusk could probably break a few mirrors with their innovative and dark musical horseplay.

Reviewed by Jonah Flicker
Jonah Flicker writes, lives, drinks, eats, and consumes music in New York, via Los Angeles. He once received a fortune in a fortune cookie that stated the following: "Soon, a visitor shall delight you." He's still waiting.

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