ARTIST:

ROYAL TUSK

(CANADA)
TITLE:

TUSK II

(2018)
LABEL:

EONE MUSIC

GENRE:

HARD ROCK

TAGS:
Rasping vocals
"While the relationship with the Foo Fighters or Biffy Clyro is dominant, it does not prevent the band from offering a pleasant hard rock made of sound power, a strong vocal presence and communicative energy."
PROGRACER (05.11.2019)  
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A phenomenon of Canadian hard rock, Royal Tusk is back in the spotlight with a second album that fans of the first (not many in France) were hoping for. Soberly entitled "Tusk II", this second effort is produced by Eric Ratz (Danko Jones, Billy Talent, ...). 

From the very first tracks, the listener is on familiar ground. The hairy riffs and the energy of the quartet are there. "Aftermath" with its effective chorus of subtle variations reminds us of Biffy Clyro for the raw energy he gives off. The same applies to 'Stowaway', whose chorus is similar to that of 'Aftermath' and is also well tied up. On these titles, it will be possible to hear similarities with Dave Grolh's voice (Foo Fighters), especially on the most aggressive vocal parts. 

Several tracks with a slower tempo may sound more FM or sound more like Nickelback, making the whole thing particularly accessible like 'Die Knowing','Freedom' and 'Under', even if the most hardcore of you will regret the power of more hackneyed tracks like 'Long Shot' or the energetic 'Under', but small breaths in this flood of riffs and well balanced tempos are welcomed. 

The bass takes a more important place on the triptych "Reflection", "Under" and "Northern Town" giving a well marked rock atmosphere while the riffs are less powerful and that the whole, while remaining groovy, is nevertheless very accessible. Finally, a word about 'First Time' which opens the album with a huge riff and an unstoppable chorus in a vein close to Alter Bridge and Audioslave. 

Resolutely placed under the sign of rock, "Tusk II' pulls towards the alternative side of the genre with a simple and energetic writing. While the relationship with the Foo Fighters or Biffy Clyro is dominant, it does not prevent the Edmonton natives from offering a pleasant hard rock made of sound power, a strong vocal presence and communicative energy. Without revolutionizing the genre, especially by a lack of originality that is ultimately not prohibitive, Royal Tusk offers an album that can be listened to with pleasure.


More informations on http://www.royaltusk.com





TRACK LISTING:
01. First Time - 3:47
02. Aftermath - 3:28
03. Die Knowing - 3:52
04. Stowaway - 3:31
05. Freedom - 3:34
06. Reflection - 3:36
07. Control - 3:23
08. Under - 3:09
09. Northern Town - 3:21
10. Long Shot - 4:08

LINEUP:
Calen Stuckel: Batterie
Daniel Carriere: Chant / Guitares
Quinn Cyrankiewicz: Guitares
Sandy Mackinnon: Basse
   
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