Thursday, Dec. 15 – Black Tusk
For countless reasons, it’s a great thing that the heavy metal of the South has vaulted into the vanguard with intellect and experimentalism. Georgia, in particular, has been some of the region’s richest soil with wave-making genre expansionists like Mastodon, Kylesa, Zoroaster and Baroness. But before we get too carried away from the primal roots at the very heart of this rock thing that we do, thank god there are rising bands like Savannah’s Black Tusk. These cats haven’t lost sight of it. They swing the hammers of metal and hardcore, but they do it from the bed of a careening pickup truck filled with beer cans and shotgun shells. In fact, their new album on Relapse Records, Set the Dial, turns down the fuss even more to throw the throttle wide open and just rage. Fuck the chin stroking, man, sometimes you just gotta tear shit up. – Bao Le-Huu (with Monstro, Kyng; 8 p.m. at Back Booth, 37 W. Pine St.; 407-999-2570; backbooth.com; $10-$12)
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