Red Fang - Red Fang
Ten face-opening songs, six of them hardcore glory, with three or four less-inspired, kinda lame tracks. Still, Red Fang rock, and have that sharp-riffing, slow, building menace that shows they've been listening to their Sabbath, Melvins, and maybe, if I can dream, MC5. This self-titled release is gorilla music for the faithful primates like me who need volume.
The best songs are withering in their attack-"Human Remain Human Remains," "Prehistoric Dog" and "Wings of Fang." Yet, they pale in comparison to "Witness," which forces us to swallow its Stooges pill hard and like it. "Whales and Leeches" is almost Flipper-like in its scary distorition, a slow moving beast that atones for the tired two-chord snore of "Reverse Thunder" and "Good To Die." Few bands could keep up the pace Red Fang sets for itself on the highlights, though.
Sargent House is an out of the way label that seems to love distorition and other instruments of the true sonic church. Red Fang are the latest priests of turn it up and piss off.
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