Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK bassist Jonathan Athon passed away yesterday, Sunday November 9, due to injuries sustained in a serious motorcycle accident with his girlfriend Emily on Friday night (November 7th). The band has issued the following statement, via their Official Facebook Page:
“It is with deep regret and saddened hearts that we must tell you that Athon passed away this morning from injuries sustained from his motorcycle accident. Doctors told us that he suffered irreparable brain damage shortly after the accident. He has been in a coma and sustained by life support until now. As per his wishes, we removed Athon from his life support systems and his organs will be donated. His body will be cremated and a memorial is being planned for family and friends in Savannah. He was 32 years old and will be forever missed. Thank you all for your support during this devastating time for us, it would have made him proud.”
R.I.P. Jonathan! \m/
Savannah, Georgia’s BLACK TUSK have entered the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their last release 2013’s “Tend No Wounds” EP. The band is currently holed up in Portland, OR at Audiosiege Studios with Toxic Holocaust front man and acclaimed producer Joel Grind. They are currently shooting for a release in the first half of 2014 via Relapse Records.
The band commented on their collaboration with Joel Grind:
“This one’s got everything! Get ready for a roller coaster ride! We are super excited to release this one. Everyone will see that this was well worth the wait! Joel was perfect for this album and when you hear it, you’ll see why!”
BLACK TUSK’s latest release “Tend No Wounds” is available in CD, Vinyl and digital formats and can be ordered from the Relapse Records Store. The EP can be purchased on iTunes. The EP is streaming in full on BLACK TUSK’s Bandcamp Page.
DOWNFALL OF GAIA have just announced two support tours for June with TOXIC HOLOCAUST and BLACK TUSK! The tours will include dates throughout mainland Europe, including Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, and more.
Comments DOWNFALL OF GAIA: “We are happy to announce our first European tour for 2014! This time we are glad to hit the road with the mighty Toxic Holocaust and Black Tusk. playing Germany and Belgium on our way to Hellfest in Clisson, France! After a little stop at Hellfest it’s Black Tusk and us on our own for a few more dates to go. Pretty much looking foward to return to all of those countries this upcoming summer that gave us such a good time on our last European tour!”
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14/06/14 DE – Köln – Underground
15/06/14 DE – Hannover – Chez Heinz
16/06/14 DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
17/06/14 DE – Dresden – Chemiefabrik
18/06/14 DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
19/06/14 BE – Gent – De Centrale
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20/06/14 FR – Clisson – Hellfest
27/06/14 CH – Zürich – t.b.a.
30/06/14 DE – Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
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23/06/14 – t.b.a.
24/06/14 – t.b.a.
25/06/14 ES – Madrid – Barracudas
26/06/14 ES – Barcelona – Sala Rocksound
28/06/14 IT – Milano – Lo Fi Club
29/06/14 DE – München – Feierwerk
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