Red Fang - Murder The Mountains
Label: Relapse Records – RR7144
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 180 Gram
Fourth pressing, 1091 copies.
Sleeve has a large hole so the artwork of the innersleeve is visible.
Limited Edition, Light Brown Marble
Released: 12 Apr 2011
Style: Stoner Rock, Hard Rock
A3 Hank Is Dead
A4 Dirt Wizard
A5 Throw Up
B1 Painted Parade
B2 Number Thirteen
B3 Into The Eye
B4 The Undertow
B5 Human Herd
Artwork – Orion Landau
Bass, Vocals – Aaron Beam
Drums – John Sherman
Effects, Engineer, Percussion – Kevin Robinson
Engineer – Adam Selzer
Guitar – Anita Robinson, David Sullivan
Guitar, Vocals – Maurice Bryan Giles
Management – Laurel Stearns
Mastered By – Carl Saff
Mixed By – Vance Powell
Organ – Jenny Conlee
Percussion, Producer, Slide Guitar – Chris Funk
Producer – Red Fang
2011's Murder The Mountains is the second full-length album from Red Fang. It is somewhat of a grower and may take a few listens to fully get into, as while the music is all very strong and interesting, it doesn't jump out at you as immediately as tracks from their previous album like `Prehistoric Dog,' did, for example, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded for your patience.
While reading a list of other bands in relation to one band can often be annoying; Red Fang are often described as being suitable for fans of bands like Mastodon, Baroness, Clutch, Melvins, The Sword, Fu Manchu and Queens Of The Stone Age and this does a good job not only of describing which end of the musical spectrum they sit on, but also the fact that the band flit psychotically between styles. Red Fang are compared to all the aforementioned artists seriously and not just because of touring partnerships or basic genre comparisons.
For example, the opening track `Malverde,' is tom-based with complex instrumentation and sludgey vocals reminiscent of Baroness and Early Mastodon but the very next track `Wires,' is a bouncy, simplistic good time rock and roll number with clean and melodic vocals reminiscent of QOTSA, at least until the atmospheric proggy build up in the middle, at which point things change once more into a grand and spacey direction reminiscent of modern Mastodon.
In the space between two songs, or even half a song Red Fang completely shift direction and cover all sorts of ground along the Stoner/Sludge/Progressive-Sludge areas of the genre, while still maintaining an original identity. Their sound can be dark, dense and brooding but it can also be bright, happy and bouncy.
Album highlights include the speedy and impressive `Painted Parade,' the melodic Stoner-Rock track `Number Thirteen,' as well as `Dirt Wizard' and the aforementioned `Wires.'
RED FANG - Hank Is Dead
Red Fang - Into the Eye (Live at Hellfest 2011)
Red Fang - Wires
Red Fang - Number Thirteen
Red Fang - Dirt Wizard