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Red Fang's Arrows is a barrage of barely controlled distortion and fuzzy riffage

Out now: Less-than-serious stoners Red Fang return after half a decade with fifth album Arrows

Red Fang - Arrows
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Finished in December 2019 but only now getting released, Arrows is Red Fang’s rather belated follow-up to 2016’s Only Ghosts. However, despite the wait it all seems to be business as usual as the band go about doing pretty much whatever the hell they want without feeling like they have to satisfy anyone but themselves. 

Beginning the record with the creepy two-minute bass dirge Take It Back is not an obvious move, but it suits Red Fang just fine before they blast into the super-crunchy Unreal Estate.

From the brutal doom of Days Collide to the more upbeat and hooky title track – this album’s Prehistoric Dog – this is loose and dirty stuff, with the vocals almost buried under a welter of barely controlled distortion and fuzzy riffage. 

Red Fang might not take themselves too seriously, but thankfully Arrows rocks pleasingly hard indeed.

Whether it’s magazines, books or online, Essi has been writing about rock ’n’ metal for around thirty years. He has been reviews editor for Classic Rock and Metal Hammer, rock reviews editor for lads mag Front and worked for Kerrang!. He has also written the Rough Guide to Heavy Metal and contributed to the Rough Guide to Rock and Rough Guide Book of Playlists, and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles (13th edition). Most fun interview? Tenacious D – Jack Black and Kyle Gass – for The Pick of Destiny movie book. An avid record/CD/tape collector, he’s amassed more music than he could ever possibly listen to, which annoys his wife no end.