Black Tusk releases new single "Brushfire" (Single Review)


"Brushfire," the latest single from Black Tusk, a band synonymous with the gritty realms of Sludge Metal, is a relentless auditory assault that stays true to the roots of the genre while showcasing the band's evolution. The band, consists of Andrew Fidler on guitar and vocals, James May behind the drums and vocals, and Derek Lynch on bass and vocals and Chris "Scary" Adams on guitar and vocals have proven their mastery in crafting a sound that's as raw as it is refined.

From the very first chord, "Brushfire" grips you with its unapologetic heaviness. Fidler and Adam's guitar work is a force to be reckoned with, delivering riffs that are both intricate and punishing. Their ability to balance technical proficiency with the raw energy that Sludge Metal demands is nothing short of impressive. It's this razor-edge riffing that forms the backbone of the track, providing a solid foundation for the rest of the elements to build upon.

The rhythm section, driven by May and Lynch, is where "Brushfire" really comes to life. May's drumming is a tumultuous undercurrent, with rhythms that are both complex and utterly commanding. He doesn't just keep time; he propels the song forward with a ferocity that matches the intensity of the riffs. Meanwhile, Lynch's bass lines are the dark, pulsating heart of the track. His playing is not just a complement to the guitar and drums but a standout performance that adds depth and power to the song.

Vocally, "Brushfire" is a triumphant showcase of raw, unbridled energy. The band's decision to lean into rough and rowdy Semi-gang vocals pays off, creating a chorus that is both anthemic and menacing. Lynch leads the vocal charge on this track, bringing his unique timbre to the table, The result is a vocal performance that is as diverse as it is cohesive.

Lyrically, Black Tusk stays true to their no-frills approach. The song's themes are direct and impactful, avoiding the pitfalls of overwrought metaphor or unnecessary complexity. This directness is a breath of fresh air in a genre that sometimes gets bogged down in its own obscurity. "Brushfire" is a song that says what it needs to say and does so with a blunt force that's as refreshing as it is intense.

"Brushfire" is a triumph to Black Tusk's ability to evolve without losing sight of their roots. It's a track that manages to be both familiar and fresh, a balancing act that few bands can achieve with such finesse. This song is not just a standout in Black Tusk's discography; it's a standout in the Sludge Metal genre as a whole. For fans of heavy, no-nonsense metal, "Brushfire" is a must-listen. “Brushfire” is the first single off Black Tusk's forthcoming album “The Way Forward” out April 26, 2024 via Season Of Mist

Listen to the track on SPOTIFY


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