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Album Review

On their third album, Red Fang unleash an album hell-bent on taking the world back to a time before stoner metal got lost in outer space with Whales and Leeches. Offering up a skuzzier, more thoroughly beer-soaked and shirtless take on early Mastodon, the Portland, Oregon band deliver an album that manages to get psychedelic without abandoning the non-stop riff-fests that made their first two albums such a welcome change of pace. This allows the album to operate on two levels, making it as perfect to listen to at a raging house party as it is while lying on the floor and contemplating the subtle nuances of a black light poster. To create their gnarly head trip of an album, the band once again went into the studio with Chris Funk. Though Funk's main gig with the Decemberists might seem to be about as far from Red Fang as you're likely to get, the producer's penchant for intricacy helps to lend the album a certain depth, channeling the band's inclination toward brute force into something altogether more expansive while still keeping the grittiness of their sound intact. This helps to elevate the album above being just another stoner rock record, putting it in the company of rippers like Leviathan, who managed to get weird while still keeping things plenty heavy. No matter how deep their sound might get, however, it's clear that Red Fang are a down to earth band who aren't afraid of getting dirty, so while they may be staring at the stars, they're still laying in the gutter. [A Deluxe Edition added two bonus tracks.]

Customer Reviews


I listened to this for 3 days straight and now I have a beard and a hangover. Seriously amazing album.


I’m a RF fan but this album seems to be one long drowning song, with the exception of Dawn Rising. RF hasn’t learned that their at their best with epic breakdowns.. think Wires.


I really like RF (inspired) but this seems to have no direction, each song sounds formulated. (Chris Funk?) Heavy? Yes. Creative? Well... Deep throaty rohr over minor chords is stony, but gets boring quick. Less Mastodon influence and more back yard beer and basement jams will see you back to form.


Formed: 2005 in Portland, OR

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Red Fang captures the loud and fast, anything-goes spirit of classic rock with their heavy stoner-influenced jams. The quartet, consisting of Bryan Giles, Aaron Beam, David Sullivan, and John Sherman, make guitars the focus of their gimmick-free brand of driving rock & roll, eschewing any prog leanings and putting the emphasis on the riffs. The sound is tied together by a sense of punk urgency which spurs the stoner jams into action and gets the songs moving at a raucous...
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