By Kieran Webber
My first Red Fang experiance was a couple of years ago, whilst browsing Youtube for some tasty riffs I stumbled across the video for ‘Hank Is Dead’ and since then I have been hooked.
The Portland bands latest release ‘Only Ghosts’ continues their journey into crafting the perfect beer swilling party rock anthem backed by gruff vocals and meaty riffs, yet this album is their closest one to conventional rock. Produced by veteran producer Ross Robinson (Deftones, Machine Head, At The Drive-In, Slipknot), with Joe Bareesi (Kyuss, Melvins) on mixing duties, it is no surprise that ‘Only Ghosts’ is so powerful. The most impressive element being how they have retained Red Fangs sound yet added diversity and texture to their music.
Opening with the thudding of the bass drum ‘Flies’ bursts open into a thunderous explosion of crunchy riffs and gravelly vocals, which is followed by ‘Cut It Short’ an audaciously infectious hip shaker, that although simple is a complete belter. The album offers up what would be considered classic Red Fang in the form of ‘Shadows’ and ‘Not For You’ both upbeat riff monsters that infuse elements of grunge, stoner rock and hard rock in Red Fangs notorious manner.
To summarize ‘Only Ghosts’ is a relentless ball of energy that boasts Red Fangs classic sound as well showing that they are willing to push their music to it’s absolute limit, this album is a must have for old fans and a fantastic introductory album for new fans.