TUSKAR

THE TIDE, BE­NEATH, THE WALL (RIFF ROCK)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

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FOR FANS OF: Sleep, Co­nan, Slab­drag­ger

■ There’s an au­dac­ity about this sec­ond EP from Mil­ton Keynes doom duo Tuskar that ex­tends right to its gram­mat­i­cally-prob­lem­atic ti­tle. A cou­ple of stray com­mas look to have found their way into The Tide, Be­neath, The Wall, but those are ac­tu­ally the three tracks that com­prise its 20-minute du­ra­tion. Sprawl­ing opener The Tide builds its sea of dis­tor­tion on Tyler Hodge’s un­du­lat­ing per­cus­sion, break­ing only where Tom Dim­mock wrings Mastodon-in­flected mo­ments of leviathan prog­gi­ness from his creak­ing six-string. The tempo lifts, and cat­a­clysmic riffage crashes down in waves as Be­neath bridges the mid-sec­tion. It’s not un­til The Wall’s epic sonic spec­ta­cle – creak­ing like a sym­phony of the un­dead be­fore lurch­ing into fu­ne­real mo­tion – that we reach full vol­ume. It’s an open se­cret that Tuskar need to be ex­pe­ri­enced live. This proves, how­ever, they’ll crush you in the com­fort of your liv­ing room, too. S A M L AW

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