Hear Red Fang's Devilish Cover of AC/DC's "Hells Bells" | Revolver

Hear Red Fang's Devilish Cover of AC/DC's "Hells Bells"

Portland stoner miscreants put dark and stormy spin on hard-rock classic

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AC/DC have been doing the damn thing for nearly 50 years and their presence is still felt all over the rock music map today . Stoner-doom specialists, Magnetic Eye Records, are celebrating the rock legends' impact on that world with a covers compilation called Back in Black [Redux], which features bands putting their unique spins on every song on AC/DC's iconic 1980 opus. 

Portland's favorite stoner-metal miscreants, Red Fang, kick off the comp with a gnarly rendition of "Hells Bells," and we're proud to be premiering it today (November 23rd) ahead of the comp's full release next month. Anyone who knows Red Fang can probably guess that AC/DC's blues-stricken hard rock is an influence on their classically heavy sound, and here they're fully in the pocket while banging through "Hells Bells" with the dark, smokey and downright evil-sounding vibe that they do best. Listen above via YouTube. 

"I saw AC/DC in 1988 at the TCC in Tucson, AZ," Red Fang guitarist-vocalist Bryan Giles tells us. "It was the second arena rock show of my young life. What struck me then and still sticks with me today is how perfectly they harnessed the power of the blues for a rock style.  Even though they brought out cannons for "For Those About to Rock" and had the requisite lights and pyro, it was a 100 percent no-bullshit, go-for-the-throat show. They're the best band in the world at stripping all artifice and bringing pure beauty. They're a constant reminder that in songwriting, less can be way more."

"Covering 'Hells Bells' was pretty intimidating to me initially," he continues. "How do you improve on a benchmark song like that? It's expertly constructed and has so much personality that falling short of the original is guaranteed. When David [Sullivan, guitarist] played the intro guitar part at practice with a darker turn to it, I immediately felt more confident since it leaned more into our sensibility. If you can't play it better, make it your own animal. I hope people can enjoy our version in its own light. Let there be rock!"

The full Back in Black [Redux] is out December 3rd via Magnetic Eye Records and pre-orders are available here.