Metal Review – Red Fang – Murder The Mountains (2011)

Red Fang - Murder The MountainsRed Fang has released their Relapse Records debut called Murder The Mountains and it is a beer-soaked, riff-powered sludge metal party. The riffs are plenty in quantity, the are beats are slow and heavy, and the beer are guzzled by this Portland, Oregon metal band. I picture their sound as a more progressive Kyuss.

From the outset of the album, with the opening track, Malverde, you are treated to a nice, warm tone and solid riffs and vocals. The following track, Wires, brings you back to some early Black Sabbath influences with fun lyrics and great songwriting. There are a couple of really nice breakdowns on this one. Hank is Dead is another standout track with some dirty guitar and basslines in there.

The dual vocals of guitarist Bryan Giles and bassist Aaron Beam compliment each other nicely throughout this release. The vocals are actually a standout on this album almost as much as the riffs are. For fans of Kyuss, Mastodon and Black Sabbath, you should do yourselves a favor and check out Murder The Mountains by Red Fang.

RED FANG deals in kick-ass heavy rock. On their Chris Funk (DECEMBERISTS) produced, Vance Powell (KINGS OF LEON, WHITE STRIPES, RACONTEURS) mixed Relapse debut Murder the Mountains, the quartet wave a middle finger at fashion and bet the proverbial house on substance over style. The incredible “Wires”, “Number Thirteen”, “Hank Is Dead”, and “The Undertow” are just a few of an onslaught of highlights on this front-to-back set of great f%$king songs.

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