Portland’s Red Fang are a prime example that hard work and dedication will pay off in the end. Ten years of graft and honing their sound has culminated in world tours and three mighty fine albums, with the fourth, ‘Only Ghosts’, being of equal stature.
If you’re unfamiliar with their sound, Red Fang is a cocktail of Mastodon‘s sludgy riffs, Seether‘s punky grunge, Weezer‘s weirdness, and a dash of The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s jazzy discordance.
Now, given this plethora of influences, it would be incredibly easy to accuse Red Fang of ripping off existing acts instead of coming up with a new and original one, but in fact this blend of bands IS a unique sound. Think of it as each inspiration being a different ingredient to a complex recipe.
This latest outing sees Red Fang following a similar progression to Mastodon‘s recently; whilst this release isn’t as heavy as those passed, it has progressed leaps and bounds in terms of the band’s maturity in their music. Only this time a pinch of Snot‘s unbridled, punk rock ferocity has been added to an already delicious cocktail to give it that extra oomph.
While not every track on this release is a killer (for example, you can skip over the sleep inducing ‘The Smell Of The Sound’), there’s something here for everyone. ‘I Am A Ghost’ will please the Mastodon fans, ‘Not For You’ will appeal to the punk rock fans (those who like The Offspring, anyway), and ‘Shadows’ is just an all and all phenomenal metal song.
Red Fang may not be headlining any festivals at the moment, but ‘Only Ghosts’ is a fine example that they absolutely should be.
Written by Andy Roberts (@Sassensquatch)
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