CD review ROYAL TUSK ‘Tusk II’

(8/10) I guess it was and is the ice-hockey team, Edmonton Oilers that brought the Canadian city on the agenda of people outside Canada and outside North America. I’m not an ice-hockey fan but even I know the name of Wayne Gretzky and nowadays it’s two Germans being part of the roster.

But your right, this post is not about sports, it’s about music. Therefore let’s move on to Royal Tusk. The band shares the same hometown as the ice-hockey team – Edmonton, Alberta. ‘Tusk II’ is the second album of the Canadian quartet and it features rock music in the widest meaning of the word.

The guys premiered with an EP entitled ‘Mountain’ in 2014, followed-up by a full-length release in 2016 ‘DealBreaker’. But besides these releases, it’s a long history that connects the guys. Frontman Daniel Carriere and bassist Sandy MacKinnon connected already at the age of eight and the guys are playing together in the same band since the age of 14.

Together with guitarist Quinn Cyrankiewicz and drummer Calen Stuckel the guys started the adventure of Royal Tusk and so far things take a quite positive direction. What’s cool with ‘Tusk II’ is the fact that the band never drift away towards trivial melodies. The album contains enough high-octane guitar power that helps to avoid all cheesiness.

The second album of the four Canadians got an organic and warm sound that’ still coming with enough edges to stress your comfort zone. The album doesn’t laser in on commercial success at least that is what it feels like. It’s more than the four-piece follows their passion for rock music which leads to cool songs like ‘Aftermath’, which was the first single release of the album.

Writing about ‘Aftermath’ brings me to the lyrics of ‘Task II’. Royal Tusk isn’t a band that uses words and lyrics as an unasked-for necessity. The guys us their songs to also transfer a message. The mentioned ‘Aftermath’ is about the blunted affect resulting out of the constant bombardment with bad and terrible news. ‘Northern Town’ instead is a song about the band’s hometown and the effect of oil on people’s self-esteem.

If you like modern rock music that stands in the tradition of bands like Aerosmith and Deep Purple, handmade music that focuses on passion and soul rather than on commercial success only than you should give ‘Tusk II’ a chance. There is a high chance that you like what will come out of your speakers.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. First time
  2. Aftermath
  3. Die Knowing
  4. Stowaway
  5. Freedom
  6. Reflection
  7. Control
  8. Under
  9. Northern Storm
  10. Long Shot

 

Label: eOne

Genre: Rock

Release Date EU: October 26th, 2018

 

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