Savannah, Georgia’s Black Tusk have a new album, Pillars of Ash, coming out tomorrow. And while the sludge band is still very much an entity, a big part of them died in 2014, when bassist Jonathan Athon passed away following injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. Easily the most recognizable member of the band, he bearded Athon was a friendly, talented larger-than-life charcater who touched everyone that knew him. The band continued to tour in the immediate months following Athon’s passing, with former Kylesa bassist Corey Barhorst filling in, but thankfully Athon had already recorded tracks for Pillars of Ash. Now, in advance of the album’s release, it’s streaming over at Noisey, where you can read a pretty touching tribute from Kim Kelly, who shared time on the road with the band. We’ve heard “God’s On Vacation,” and now we get to hear the rest of the album. It’s a nice sendoff to a huge part of the band.
You can preorder Pillars of Ash from Relapse here. The band is currently on tour with Royal Thunder. You can catch those dates below the album stream.