Album Review: Red Fang Only Ghosts

Red Fang Only Ghosts Album Review

red fang only ghostsRed Fang is that rare band that mixes head numbing sludge metal coupled with a humor rarely found – levels only The Melvins and Mastodon can reach. The Portland, Oregon outfit have been around since 2005. They’re back after touring incessantly for three years with their fourth full-length record Only Ghosts. It’s a badass record from a badass group pushed by hilarious videos that have since gone viral on the interwebs. Red Fang and Only Ghosts have entered the upper-echelon of rock stalwarts with boogie rock that hits as hard as it does dances.

Opening track “Flies” cues on the group’s ability to bash the listener over the head with a music that only they own. “Cut It Short” opens to a “My Sharona” riff that is more head bobbing than head banging….

…See what I did there…

redfang_2016jamesrexroad_8005715“No Air” brings the record back to the earthen arena from which the band comes. “Shadows” is the best song on the record, and one for which the band made a “Predator” movie style parody video. The song is instantly catchy, and offers that rare perfection of metal song that really moonlights as a pop song. “The Smell of the Dead” is a tectonic plate of a song that slinks its way through like water down a mountain.”I Am a Ghost” gives vocals that are the equivalent of a horror movie with a guttural growl that is terrifying.

There has been a wave of metal bands in the past 10 years that just can’t resist the call of a good pop hook, Torche, Baroness, and Red Fang certainly fall into that group, and do it with such ease that most fans don’t even realize it while their kicking ass in the pit, but secretly dancing and humming along with that fucking melody that just won’t quit. I liken it to ruining your tutu in the swamp, or beating a unicorn with rainbow colored batons. Whatever the analogy, it’s fucking awesome, and so is Red Fang….

Watch the video for “Shadows”…cause its hilarious, embedded at the bottom of the page…

Red Fang is currently on tour with Torche and Whores and all of the dates can be found below.

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Tour Dates

November 18  San Francisco, CA  Slim’s
November 19  Pomona, CA  Glasshouse
November 20  Los Angeles, CA  Teragram Ballroom
November 22  San Diego, CA  Casbah
November 23  Phoenix, AZ  Rebel Lounge
November 25  Austin, TX  Mohawk
November 26  Dallas, TX  Three Links
November 27  Houston, TX  Warehouse Studio
November 29  Atlanta, GA  Masquerade (Hell)
November 30  Durham, NC  Motorco
December 1  Washington, DC  Rock and Roll Hotel
December 2  Philadelphia, PA  Underground Arts
December 3  Brooklyn, NY  Music Hall of Williamsburg
December 4  Boston, MA  The Sinclair
December 5  New York, NY  Mercury Lounge
December 7  Pittsburgh, PA  Spirit Lounge
December 8  Cleveland, OH  Beachland Ballroom
December 9  Detroit, MI  El Club
December 10  Chicago, IL  Metro
December 11  Bloomington, IL  Castle Theater
December 13  Denver, CO  Bluebird Theater
December 14  Salt Lake City, UT  Urban Lounge
December 15  Boise, ID  Neurolux
December 16  Seattle, WA  Showbox


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