I bought this album after seeing this great little underground band support Mastodon on their last UK tour and was blown away by their sound and performance.
It would be easy to pigeon hole the band as 'Stoner Rock' or 'Stoner Metal,' but that would diminish the many genre splicing sounds on this album. There are a ton of down-tuned, quirky but somehow familiar-sounding riffs, and there is quite a big vocal range - thanks to the fact that vocal duties are shared by both the bassist and the guitarist.
Whilst the album isn't really breaking boundaries and doing anything drastically different or new, Red Fang do a lot of things and what they do, they do very well. There is a bit of a 'Songs For The Deaf'-era Queens Of The Stone Age vibe on some of the riffs, and also a bit of Nirvana on the chord based high tempo punk riffs that occasionally appear and a hell of a lot of slow to mid tempo metal. There aren't many lead breaks but those that do appear are more like fills or riffs on top of other, bassier riffs as opposed to straight up solos. The onus is very much on the riffs on this album, but the vocal lines and melodies stand up in their own right and compliment the riffs and the atmosphere well. The vocals mix from a hardcore-style bellow to cleaner rock singing style, there isn't any incoherent screaming, which is a good thing in my opinion and a bit of a change.
There are many highlights including the doomy opener 'Malverde,' the ominously heavy and somehow catchy groove of 'Throw Up,' as well the anthemic and straight-forward 4/4 rock riffs of 'Wires' and as well as 'Hank Is Dead,' 'Dirt Wizard' and 'Number Thirteen.'
A great album from a great band which also sounds great on stage.