‘Top 50 Albums Of 2013’ Countdown – #13: Red Fang – Whales And Leeches

By Andrew Bansal

Portland, Oregon based riff masters Red Fang released their third full-length album ‘Whales And Leeches’ this year via Relapse Records. Throughout the eight years of their existence, they’ve worked tremendously hard and undergone a steady buildup to get to the stature they’ve attained in the year 2013, with the success of this new album and numerous typically crushing live performances around the world. Aside from Orion Landau’s breathtaking artwork that blows you away as soon as you pick up the album and look at its cover, ‘Whales And Leeches’ has plenty of positive aspects to it which justifies all the attention and acclaim it has garnered this year. While staying within the envelope of the kind of stoner hard rock style they’ve been known for, Red Fang has come up with some truly creative and compelling guitar work to decorate this 41-minute riff bonanza, to go with a tasty rhythm section, and the vocals match the strength of the music. Producer Chris Funk finds the perfect middle ground between justifiably highlighting every individual element of the music and capturing the raw, dirty stoner rock vibe. Whales And Leeches presents Red Fang at the peak of their creative powers, and tunes like ‘DOEN’, ‘Blood Like Cream’, ‘No Hope’, ‘Behind The Light’ and ‘1516’ are just 5 of 11 reasons why it’s is a must-have for any fan of heavy music.

Track Listing:
2. Blood Like Cream
3. No Hope
4. Crows in Swine
5. Voices of the Dead
6. Behind the Light
7. Dawn Rising
8. Failure
9. 1516
10.This Animal
11.Every Little Twist

Duration: 41.3 minutes

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The countdown so far …
#50. Nails – Abandon All Life
#49. American Sharks – Self-Titled
#48. Hatebreed – The Divinity Of Purpose
#47. Helen Money – Arriving Angels
#46. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Mind Control
#45. Ihsahn – Das Seelenbrechen
#44. Church Of Misery – Thy Kingdom Scum
#43. Wolvserpent – Perigaea Antahkarana
#42. Djinn And Miskatonic – Forever In The Realm
#41. Czar – No One Is Alone If No One Is Alive 
#40. Against The Grain – Surrounded By Snakes
#39. Nekrofilth – Devil’s Breath
#38. Kylesa – Ultraviolet
#37. The Devil’s Blood – III: Tabula Rasa or Death and the Seven Pillars
#36. Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
#35. Purson – The Circle And The Blue Door
#34. Carousel – Jeweler’s Daughter
#33. Kvelertak – Meir
#32. SpiralArms – Freedom
#31. Satan – Life Sentence
#30. Exhumed – Necrocracy
#29. Havok – Unnatural Selection
#28. Mothership – Self-Titled
#27. UDO – Steelhammer
#26. Ramming Speed – Doomed To Destroy, Destined To Die
#25. Revocation – Self-Titled 
#24. Gorguts – Colored Sands
#23. Kobra And The Lotus – Self-Titled 
#22. Toxic Holocaust – Chemistry Of Consciousness
#21. Saxon – Sacrifice 
#20. Noctum – Final Sacrifice
#19. Intronaut – Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)
#18. Scale The Summit – The Migration
#17. Warbringer – IV: Empires Collapse
#16. Scorpion Child – Self-Titled
#15. Motörhead – Aftershock
#14. Holy Grail – Ride The Void
#13. Red Fang – Whales And Leeches 

Check out #12 here.