Photo: James Rexroad
Like a drunk supernova in the darkest reaches of space, Red Fang’s star just keeps getting bigger and brighter. It’s been two short years since the release of their critically acclaimed and, overall, beloved sophomore effort, Murder the Mountains. But if you’re counting time in terms of accomplishments, then two years doesn’t even begin to cover it. They’ve played giant fests like Mayhem, Download, Sonisphere and Orion. They crushed European and Russian crowds beneath their riffs—they’ve shared stages with some of the mightiest names in the genre. For a group of friends from Portland who simply found themselves all “band single” at the same time, this couldn’t be a better underdog story. Even though they’ve collectively been in, quote, “thousands” of bands in their lives, Red Fang have become the veritable jackpot of their musical slot machine: endless combinations finally lined up into the best possible outcome.