Red Fang – Only Ghosts
Relapse/Warner – 2016
Rock, Hard, Stoner, Metal, Sludge
Just as all of you out there we’ve had a crush on Red Fang ever since coming in contact with the boys back in 2011. Murder The Mountains, which ended at Number 5 of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year, is still on heavy rotation over here and as background music between sets at every festival we attend. And ofcourse, Whales And Leeches was just as swell but ended up at Number 7 of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2013. Not counting singles or EP’s we had to wait till 2016 for the new record: Only Ghosts. Which meant we had to wait quite some time for those awesome heavy metal trucking tracks, excellent for guzzling a massive load of beers to. So, putting on Only Ghosts, cracking open a beer almost felt like a religious experience. That first listening session as well, feeling much more diverse and ambitious, in respect to their earlier albums. But after listening to it some more, we kept searching for those stand out tracks, the ones that immediately kick you in the nuts and end up on everyone’s year end tracklist. And we could not find them. Does this mean the album is weak or not as interesting as the earlier ones? Hell no, we only suspect the album to be a grower and just like every crush everywhere, it has developed into a relationship. And those things always mean hard work. So let’s just crack open another six-pack, take off in the vehicle towards a weekend in the countryside jam-packed with stoner, sludge, metal and sweet lovin!
(Written by JK)