Still pounding the pavement in support of late 2013 release “Whales and Leeches”, and with a new record on the way if the number of fresh songs on the setlist is anything to go by, Portland, Oregon thunder gods Red Fang erupted Underground Arts into a blood orgy of broken souls and punished bodies on Sunday night in Philly.
Washington’s Wild Throne got things started with a punkier, more energetic take on the sludge metal order of the day, with lots of tempo changes in their rollicking start/stop attack and distortion pedal acrobatics from singer/guitarist Joshua Holland. Next up, Atlanta, GA noise rockers Whores’ doom-y low end rattled the rafters at UA with a kinetic and lively performance. “We love coming to Philly, we understand each other…” frontman Christian Lembach virtuously extolled from the stage, “and I don’t get to say that every night”. The feeling from the rapturous audience was very mutual.
Red Fang’s reputation for being a can’t miss live act definitely proceeds them, this was my first time having the pleasure of basking in their stone wall of riffs crumbling down from the stage but it certainly won’t be the last. The stoner rock titans’ bass heavy assault left the vocals kind of difficult to hear, but it didn’t diminish the overall energy emanating from the pacific northwest foursome at all as they led the crowd through a comprehensive set of tracks from all three of their LPs, including favorites “Malverde”, “Blood Like Cream” and “Good To Die”, and even a few aforementioned new cuts. After thanking the crowd profusely and putting over their locally based label Relapse they ripped into their classic self-titled record opener “Prehistoric Dog” and the entire venue became an enormous pit. From there it was handshakes, high fives and sending everyone’s ass back out into the street, thoroughly kicked.
Photos by Megan Hawkey
Words by Kevin Hawkey