The first words from the first song on Black Tusk’s new album Taste the Sin are “Time is coming / Heed the sound / Rip your face off / Thrash around.” That right there should let er’rybody know that they’re in store for a metal album, and one of the best released so far this year. Well, that and the album is called Taste the Sin. There are only so many genres that could pull off a title like that.
At just 34 minutes in length, Taste the Sin is filler-free, delivering 10 tracks that bash and thrash and grind. “Embrace the Madness,” which features the lyrics quoted above, opens the album. It takes about 10 seconds to kick into high energy. It’s striking how important every member is – everyone sings, everyone plays an instrument. The drums force the song along.
After “Embrace the Madness,” the group expertly tears through a series of skull-crackers. The record isn’t exactly the most original document ever created, nor does it aspire to be as such. So while the lyrics aren’t the greatest, the intensity is more than enough. There’s a certain beauty in such no-frills rock, in such meaty riffs and booming drums.