FANG: Rise Up!: CD

Jan 31, 2018

I was surprised by the sound of the new Fang, but I was also out of touch with the fact that the singer has been doing it on and off in various forms over the years. Their first two albums were classics of sloppy punk anger with a hint at what would become the quality end of grunge. This album is dyed-in-the-wool California hardcore—maybe they’ve sounded like that for longer at this point. But this is solid, no solos, angry hardcore with catchy choruses like “Out for Blood” and “This Means War.” It’s catchy in that way. If you’re into speed and back-ups, it’s done well. –Billups Allen (Die Laughing)