When: Fri., March 9, 8 p.m. 2012
Considering that hardcore and metal share so much DNA and so many musical aims, combining the two can be something of a tightrope walk, where if you lean just a little too far the wrong way you'll end up as one of those metalcore bands with a sentence-long name and 19 T-shirt designs on the merch table. Black Tusk—who currently offer a modest five T-shirt designs on their website—succeed by going low, sonically speaking. On last year's Set the Dial (Relapse), this trio from Savannah, Georgia, repeatedly sets up a dense, bass-heavy churn that marries classic southern doom metal to its crust-punk cousins. The sound is topped with bloody-throat vocals that hew closer to straight-up "yelling guy" than the animal-like vocalizations more traditional in southern metal. —Miles Raymer Royal Thunder, East of the Wall, and Hull open.