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Tree Of No Return

Tusk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 April 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tortuga
  • ASIN: B0002MHE3C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 320,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tusk - 'Tree Of No Return' (2003) 6 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Tree Of No Return' is grim. Very grim. And not, of course, in a muddy black metal way or a sub-frequency drone way - Tusk's medium is more towards intense, discordant noisecore with a miserable and hopeless air about it, courtesy of the King-Buzzo-meets-gargling-serial-killer vocals. Coupled with Aaron Turner's dripping, ominous artwork, 'Tree Of No Return' is an utterly bleak spasm of twisted riffs and obtuse arrangements, geared towards rendering the album (nearly - it's less than 20 minutes long) as a whole piece rather than a collection of songs. Not that they much resemble 'songs' anyway.
The production is murky, which is not helped by the general nastiness of the riffs, but what one loses in clarity is more than made up by successful delivery. Of course it's possible to draw parallels with other bands, and if pushed I'd name Discordance Axis, 'Times Of Grace'-era Neurosis, Pig Destroyer at their creepiest and naturally Pelican (the loose, riging dischord riffs are equally as apparent here, if not more so), but somehow they don't seem to add up to Tusk. The reason for this is that 'Tree Of No Return' is technically a concept album telling the story of a man losing himself to madness, and none of the above bands have tried this approach. As the music progresses, it gets more unhinged and by the time the squealing psychedelic insanity of 'Ursus Arctus - Walk The Valley' subsides, you'll feel like you've been in a kind of sick musical washing machine. It is constantly edgy.
Plus, the CD-ROM features are excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow and Evil 3 Dec 2004
By Steven Pierog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this on record a few days ago because I saw it had members from Pelican involved and was not sorry. Far from fast this album takes it's time and builds on slow evil dissonant guitars. There is alot of strange background noise that adds alot of texture and mood. The best way I thought to describe the vocals is to combine the witch from the movie Legend screaming in a metal band, and the vocals from Immortal (wicked evil sounding). From first listen you might not know members from pelican were involved but if you pay close attention you can pick up a few parts here and there. If you like Pelican and some evil deep metal you should pick this up.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tusk - 'Tree Of No Return' (UK Amazon review) 17 Feb 2006
By D. Hamilton-Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
'Tree Of No Return' is grim. Very grim. And not, of course, in a muddy black metal way or a sub-frequency drone way - Tusk's medium is more towards intense, discordant noisecore with a miserable and hopeless air about it, courtesy of the King-Buzzo-meets-gargling-serial-killer vocals. Coupled with Aaron Turner's dripping, ominous artwork, 'Tree Of No Return' is an utterly bleak spasm of twisted riffs and obtuse arrangements, geared towards rendering the album (nearly - it's less than 20 minutes long) as a whole piece rather than a collection of songs. Not that they much resemble 'songs' anyway.

The production is murky, which is not helped by the general nastiness of the riffs, but what one loses in clarity is more than made up by successful delivery. Of course it's possible to draw parallels with other bands, and if pushed I'd name Discordance Axis, 'Times Of Grace'-era Neurosis, Pig Destroyer at their creepiest and naturally Pelican (the loose, ringing dischord riffs are equally as apparent here, if not more so), but somehow they don't seem to add up to Tusk. The reason for this is that 'Tree Of No Return' is technically a concept album telling the story of a man losing himself to madness, and none of the above bands have tried this approach. As the music progresses, it gets more unhinged and by the time the squealing psychedelic insanity of 'Ursus Arctus - Walk The Valley' subsides, you'll feel like you've been in a kind of sick musical washing machine. It is constantly edgy.

Plus, the CD-ROM features are excellent. We're treated to a raw-as-hell promo as well as a few even-rawer-than-hell live videos from several obscure locations inside America, each offering a snapshot of Tusk's frantic and occasionally terrifying live performance.

Mission accomplished, then, for Tusk. Sadly, it's been so well accomplished that one has to be in a seriously deranged mood to play it at all. But that's no obstacle for me, nor for most of Tusk's potential market (HydraHead-Heads), so 'Tree Of No Return' is a winner in my book.

One more thought: if this ever gets picked out of a second-hand dump bin on the strength of its artwork (which is considerable), I would absolutely love to see the punter's face when he listens to it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful and original and weird and heavy and listenable 11 Feb 2005
By Strobe Lights And Blown Speakers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
members of Pelican embark on a mission of heavy, experimental quasi-grindcore. it's heavy (as you would expect from members of Pelican), and really weird, but sort of in an accessible way (not in, say, a Boredoms kind of way, where after listening to it you feel like you just ate a bunch of acid of something). it's weird in a way that makes you want to keep listening to it because it's awesome. it has moments of atmosphere, moments of crushing heaviness, and a few moments of really nice melody. it's really, really great. and at a mere 23 minutes, you can listen to it over and over and over.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Experimentation gone horribly right... 12 Jan 2005
By WelcomeTheAbyss - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is like some hellish mix of Pelican(I guess theres a member or two of theirs in Tusk),Mayhem,Khanate and Human Remains...that's all I can really come up with at the moment. This album can turn on a dime from being slower, more atmosphere and mood oriented to grinding blackened noise experimentation...Theres nothing else to do but listen and let this take over you like the black plague.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pelican Fans: Read Before Purchase 3 July 2007
By J. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A little warning, Tusk is nearly nothing like Pelican, as "heavy" as you may think Pelican is, there exists a vast world outside of postmetal/ambient/drone that defines "heavy" a little differently. In the case of Tusk, I think the group is taking notes more from the grind/crust/doom genres than the afore mentioned. Now, if 'Australasia' is your personal favorite Pelican album, and if their song 'Drought' represents everything you wish Pelican could consistantly sound like, than Tusk may actually please your palette. Their sound is raw and dark, but has an underlying groove (yes, metal can groove too)that cannot be denied. I found listening to be, in the literal sense of the word, entertaining. The album offers just a half an hour of unapologetic, unpolished, "F#$K YOU! SUFFER OUR VISION" style metal. Not for everyone... oh and the drummer (in my opinion) is the weak link.
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