Black Tusk has just released the new EP "Tend No Wounds" on Relapse Records.

In a few weeks, the Savannah-based metal trio will launch yet another European tour.

Riding a wave of successful tours and critically praised albums, the band has more than 30,000 fans on Facebook.

And on Aug. 9, Black Tusk will play one of its relatively rare local shows at The Jinx, where the band got its start.

"The Jinx and Savannah are home base for us," guitarist Andrew Fidler said. "The few times we actually get to play in town are some of our favorite shows of all time!"

"Every person in the room is a friend and The Jinx staff is our family," Fidler added.

The members of Black Tusk know good music isn't produced in a vacuum - bands need collaborators and allies.

Fidler had especially high praise for "Tend No Wounds" producer Phillip Cope of Kylesa, another metal band from Savannah that has made it big.

Fidler had similar praise for director Brad Kremer and the staff at Tytan for the quality of the band's new video "Truth Untold," which will be screened at the show.

The music video is one of the best that has been shot in Savannah, in my opinion. It's funny and even a little campy, as it follows the band hitchhiking to a gig in a shack in the middle of nowhere.

There seems little danger the unassuming Black Tusk members will start taking themselves too seriously.

But once they're on stage, they own it.

Black Tusk will be supported by Bastard Congregation and DJ Metal Rob. The music usually gets rolling at The Jinx about 10:30 p.m.

It seems likely the show will sell out, so folks might want to get there early.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in the Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). He can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net.

IF YOU GO

What: Black Tusk with Bastard Congregation and DJ Metal Rob

When: 10:30 p.m. Aug. 9 (come early for guaranteed admission)
Where: The Jinx, 127 W. Congress St.

Info: www.facebook.com/BlackTusk