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Since the release of Kvelertakâ€™s eponymous debut album in 2010, the band have traversed the globe playing over 500 shows in 4 continents over the last 4 years, and picking up three Norwegian Grammyâ€™s (Spellemann awards). They have supported Converge, Foo Fighters, Mastodon, Metallica, Kiss, and most recently Anthrax and Slayer on a European wide tour.
The critical acclaim for this first record saw the band labeled â€śthe best Norwegian debut album of all timeâ€ť by Norwegian rock authority AsbjĂ¸rn Slettemark and â€śthe best Norwegian band since A-Haâ€ť by Simon Young of Kerrang, the album delivered near perfect marks from magazine reviews across Europe, US and Australia:
9/10 Metal Hammer (UK), 8.5/10 Terrorizer (UK), 88/100 Aardschok (NL), 4/5 Kerrang! (UK), 4/5 MetalSucks (US), 9/10 Decibel (US), 9/10 Rock Hard (DE), 4/5 Zero Tolerance (AUS).
This worldwide acclaim and success is made all the more remarkable by the fact that the band, unlike most rock band that succeed internationally, they sing in Norwegian.
For their second release, Meir, in March 2013, the band set up their own label, WĂ¸rld RecĂ¸rds, to produce the album and then licenced it to major label partners â€“ Sony in the Scandinavian region and RoadRunner Records for the rest of the world.
The second album received even greater acclaim both in Norway and around the world, debuting at #1 on the Norwegian album charts. The band increased their touring base in North America, as well as sold out European and Nordic headline tours (2 nights at Rockefeller) â€“ including 21 Norwegian shows.
Meir received album of the week reviews in every major rock publication around the world, and filled the end of year polls in mainstream as well as specialist media.
Highlights included: #2 on SPINâ€™s Metal Albums of 2013, #2 on Rolling Stones Best Metal Albums of 2013, Rolling Stones 27 Best albumâ€™s you didnâ€™t hear, New York Times Best Song of 2013 list, #15 on Stereogumâ€™s Best Albums of 2013 (all genres), #4 on Revolverâ€™s album of the year.
The band is currently working on their third album for release in Spring 2016 and will be touring around the world to support the album from April 2016.
Black Tusk is an American sludge metal band from Savannah, Georgia. The band was formed in 2005, when its members were all living on the same street. With the dissolution of Andrew Fidler (guitar, vocals) and Jonathan Athon (bass, vocals) crust punk band and James May (drums, vocals) street punk band, Andrew and Athon went down the street to James' house and asked him if he wanted to play with them. During the next few days they jammed continuously, and within a few months they had recorded the EP When Kingdoms Fall, which was released on Wrecked Signal. Two years later the band self-released their first full-length studio album, The Fallen Kingdom, followed by another a year later with Passage Through Purgatory, released through the local label Hyperrealist Records. In 2009, Black Tusk released a series of split albums with bands such as ASG, The Holy Mountain, and Fight Amp, before signing to relapse records in November. The band released its debut for Relapse, Taste The Sin, in May 2010. They released their third album, Set the Dial, in October 2011 through Relapse Records.
Black Tusk is mostly associated with Baroness and Kylesa, for their shared hometown of Savannah, as well as for their sludge metal sound. The band is linked to Baroness' guitarist and vocalist John Dyer Baizley, who is also a painter and creates all of Black Tusk's artwork. Black Tusk's members describe their music as "swamp metal," a term that has been described by Allmusic as "the murkiest, dirtiest sludge to come out of Savannah since Kylesa".