Those who have been following Red Fang know that they are about to be on Andrew W.K. status, as far as being legendary partiers. They've made a handful of videos that feature hilarious antics as they drink beer, sword fight and demolish things, and their feel-good, pummelling, straightforward style of metal-infused rock reflects this positive attitude.
Their latest release, Only Ghosts, manages to showcase even better than previous records how well they balance technical ability and catchiness. They stay far from showing off with noodling or jammy riffs, and instead manage to craftily fit in solos and impressive playing around the structure of their accessible songwriting.
Fans of Red Fang will definitely be gratified by this release, but it's also a good primer for those getting into the band for the first time. While they don't break a ton of new ground with this record or introduce any drastic new elements, Only Ghosts is still a great new addition to their canon. (Relapse)