Included in the 14 explosive tracks are locally acclaimed bands such as Ruff Majik, Deity’s Muse, Boargazm, Hellcats, and The Drift, with the added spice of up-and-coming acts like Savage Lucy, Peasant, Goat Throne, and many more. Besides showcasing the best that the continent has to offer, Fangs is also a mixed bag of utterly intense and enjoyable tunes, so bite down hard!
01. RUFF MAJIK “ALL YOU NEED IS SPEED” – Pretoria’s Ruff Majik takes us on a two-minute trip through the desert at high octane stoner speed with plenty of grooves and heavy fury. Their motto is “speed, weed, and everything that bleeds”, and it’s all on show here (plus more).
02. PEASANT “DESTINED TO DIRT” – Peasant hail from Cape Town, and mash-up metallic hardcore and thrashing punk with a serious set of balls. “Destined To Dirt” is an adrenaline-pumped fist to the face that will leave you reeling and looking for more.
03. THE DRIFT “FUNERAL MAN” – Groove-laden death metal laced with melodic progressive leanings is the murky swamp that The Drift calls home and one that they have come to dominate. “Funeral Man” is a highlight from their “Seer” album, one of the finest South African extreme albums ever released.
04. SUNKEN STATE “THIS IS THE END” – Do you fancy tight, brutal groove metal with extreme vocals, emotional choruses, and huge breakdowns? If so, Gauteng’s Sunken State will rip your head clean off with this track from their upcoming album, which promises to be a mean sonofabitch.
05. HOKUM “TONIGHT IS YOUR NIGHT” – Hokum is a 3-piece progressive rock band with distortion-heavy riffs and a ballsy, hungry need to explore the cosmos. “Tonight Is Your Night” is a mind-expanding burst from their bold forthcoming album, “Human Sex Equation”.
06. SAVAGE LUCY “VAGABOND” – “Vagabond” is an expansive modern instrumental prog-rock showpiece with a riffing backbone, soaring leads, and otherworldly delights. Savage Lucy is set to boldly claim the SA progressive music throne with talent like this!
07. DEITY’S MUSE “ERRA” – Wayne Boucher and the other ne’er-do-well scamps in Deity’s Muse are legendary in the South African scene and have been pushing their boundaries in a more-defined melodic prog direction over the past couple of years. “Erra” is a highlight from their astonishing upcoming “Ennui” EP.
08. ARKA’N ASRAFOKOR “TEARS OF THE DEAD” – Togo’s Arka’n Asrafokor play afro-tribal metal (think “Roots” with a West African vibe) that draws inspiration from African tradition and wisdom. This is extreme music as you’ve never heard it before, and it will mesmerize thoroughly as it throws you headfirst into the mosh pit.
09. GOAT THRONE “AMERICAN APPETITE” – If you have ever wondered what a jam session with Electric Wizard and Queens Of The Stone Age would sound like, look no further. Johannesburg’s Goat Throne put their foot to the stoner doom pedal on this monolithic track from “Blood For The Blood Goat”, and it swings HARD.
10. HELLCATS “WISH YOU WERE DEAD” – It’s not easy to carry the weight of filthy rock & roll with a two-piece band, but Hellcats proved that it was not only possible but downright optimal with their “The Hex And The Healer” album. “Wish You Were Dead” is a nut-cracking beast from that record.
11. APOCALYPSE LATER “HYENA”– Grunge outlived the overwhelming hype of the ’90s and has spawned many new talents since. Gauteng’s Apocalypse Later gives us a dirty Beatles-meets-Nirvana example of their huge talent with “Hyena” from their upcoming EP.
12. TRUTH AND ITS BURDEN “SURFACING” – Truth And Its Burden have been spreading their melodic/positive hardcore for over a decade, and the impact of songs like “Surfacing” is just as impressive as ever. Uplifting, expressive, and chock-full of emotion, it’s a track that will kick your ass and give you a hug afterward.
13. BOARGAZM “EPSILON” – Intergalactic space metal as made by hogs from Pretoria, anyone? Boargazm have you totally covered with “Epsilon”, a groovy thrash with meticulous viciousness from their upcoming EP, “Armagammon”.
14. RHAKSHAH “TORPOR” – Picture Lamb Of God with extreme elements, melodic guitars, and atmospheric passages, and you’re about halfway to understand the impressive power that is Rhakshah. Enthralling metal with a brain never sounded so damn good.
Amongst the 14 varied tracks are established acts such as Facing The Gallows, Scarab, and Vulvodynia, with some killer jams from newer bands like Monstroid, State Dependency, Papang, and a buffet of other tasty sonic dishes. As with the first volume, Fangs Volume 2 is a peek inside an oft-overlooked African scene that has all the quality and intent to go the distance, and it makes for a hell of a listen!
01. FACING THE GALLOWS “SMALL HANDS” – Now in their 13th year as a band, Facing The Gallows have more than paid their dues and are now at the height of their powers. “Small Hands” perfectly showcases their blinding metalcore attack, packed with violent riffs, soaring vocals and grim growls, and breakdowns that will level one and all.
02. PAPANG “MY ENGINE BURNS” – Hailing from the island of Réunion, Papang manage to stretch the vast genre of stoner rock from a 90’s alternative groove to the very depths of desert rock from a unique vantage point. “My Engine Burns” is a journey from recognizable climes to valleys of distortion- laden jams – this is a band that can do it all with attitude and meaty chops.
03. DIVIDING THE ELEMENT “PAKAIPA” – Zimbabwe’s Dividing The Element are Africa’s answer to a melodic Soulfly, fusing heavy riffs with cultural musical statements that are as catchy as they are abrasive. Their new single, “Pakaipa”, is a rollicking slap to the face that ebbs and flows towards a brutal ending that will leave you breathless.
04. ILL SYSTEM “EGO CHECK” – ‘Reggae metal’ may sound like a contradiction in terms, but Ill System channel Bad Brains and Ill Nino into the modern metal arena with injections of originality and slabs of heaviness. In an era where heavy music refuses to be pigeonholed, “Ego Check” stands alone, proud and fierce.
05. MONSTROID “SHADOW BEAST” – Another Cape Town band, this time cocooned in rainbow layers of fuzzed-out stoner rock and delivered with grooves a mile wide. Monstroid shows that epic 70’s jams can sound fresh as a daisy and still kick out the jams with riff-tastic abandon – “Shadow Beast” is best enjoyed at the top of a misty mountain, shirt off and screaming at the sun, but, in a pinch, a pair of headphones will still deliver the same vibe.
06. STATE DEPENDENCY “BRIDGES” – An amalgamation of many different modern genres gives State Dependency a palette that they add to with each new composition. “Bridges” has weight in all the right places, brought to life with rolling guitars, unearthly bass, and a harsh vocal that shakes the walls, not to mention a mid-section that brings everything down to a heartfelt whisper before throwing the listener straight at an epic, shattering climax.
07. ALBINOBEACH “JUGGA” – At the tender age of 15, Albinobeach is a lot more mature than most teenagers. Their vibey instrumental post-rock is built with layers of melody, rhythm, and cohesive jams that are as tight as they are exploratory. “Jugga” follows form with peaks and valleys populated by a heavy groove and spaced-out, proggy walks in the cosmos, and wears its emotions loudly on its sleeve.
08. VIELIKAN “GOD(S), LOVE AND LIFE” – Steeped in Russian and Slavic folklore, Tunisia’s Vielikan unleash blackened death metal that tells a story whilst allowing progressive and ambient textures to flesh out their deadly riffs. Dark and oppressive, “God(s), Love And Life” is an attack on the senses that will leave your ears spinning and greedy for more.
09. LELAHELL “ADAM THE FIRST” – “Adam The First” is grinding death metal with a few choice slam moments that open the grooves wide and inviting. Algeria’s Lelahell has clear, impressive musical chops that are needed in such intricate, brutal music, and the outcome is old-school death with all the sheen of modern production and pounding violence.
10. DEMOGOROTH SATANUM “THE APOSTATE” – A black metal band from Soweto is not only an unusual occurrence but one that hasn’t been seen before or since. Formed in 2009, Demogoroth Satanum has made waves with their grim attack and Dimmu Borgir-Esque grandiose carnival of diabolic pleasures. “The Apostate” is laced with evil intent and blistering grime and will attract the horde like ants to frostbitten, corpse-painted lollipops.
11. ETHYL ETHER “ODE” – Cape Town’s Ethyl Ether has made a name for themselves in their short 3-year lifespan, with three releases and a solid gigging regimen. “Ode” is a dirty psychedelic trip with acres of tone-washed riffs, leads, and a monster chorus, and it’s catchier than a sniffle in flu season (and far more pleasant).
12. VULVODYNIA “ANTHROPOPHAGUS” – Over the past six years, Vulvodynia has grown from a little death metal band from the South African coast into THE local slam/brutal death metal juggernaut that has simply grabbed the crown and owned it. Their sound is caustic and extreme and stacked with layer upon layer of meticulous fills, leads, ungodly bass, and a vocal that will strip paint from the walls.
13. KISHI “KIANDA” – Angola isn’t the first place you’d expect doom metal to thrive, but Kishi is here to change all that. Slow, monolithic, and with all the urgency of an iceberg, “Kianda” is classic doom in the mold of early Cathedral and Electric Wizard, but the low BPM is bolstered by a signature, howling vocal and HUGE riffs. Glacial listening.
14. SCARAB “COFFIN TEXTS” – A fitting end to such a varied compilation, “Coffin Texts” from Egypt’s Scarab is a monster tsunami of whirling death metal that is mid-paced but fleshed out with sublime textures of sound and atmosphere. Brutal, beautiful, and on-point.