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Red Fang Debut Cover Of AC/DC’s “Hells Bells”


Red Fang‘s cover of AC/DC‘s “Hells Bells” has newly debuted online via Revolver. The cover is part of Magnetic Eye Records‘ new tribute to AC/DC‘s 25x multi-platinum 1980 album “Back In Black“. Titled “Back In Black [Redux]“, that tribute will feature the following track listing:

01 – Red Fang – “Hells Bells
02 – Howling Giant – “Shoot To Thrill” (feat. Udo)
03 – Supersuckers – “What Do You Do For Money Honey
04 – Smoking Lightning – “Giving The Dog A Bone
05 – Heavy Temple – “Let Me Put My Love Into You” (feat. Valient Himself)
06 – Besvärjelsen – “Back In Black
07 – Jakethehawk – “You Shook Me All Night Long” (feat. T-Tops)
08 – Whores. – “Have A Drink On Me” (feat. Bill Kelliher of Mastodon)
09 – Early Man – “Shake A Leg
10 – Earthride – “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution

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The compilation will be out on December 03rd. Speaking of the impact AC/DC had on him personally and the hurdles faced in covering one of their signature tracks, Red Fang guitarist/vocalist Bryan Giles commented:

“I saw AC/DC in 1988 at the TCC in Tucson, AZ. 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. 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!”

A separate AC/DC tribute album dubbed “Best Of AC/DC [Redux]” will arrive on December 03rd through Magnetic Eye Records as well. Unlike the above release, it will focus on songs from the legendary Australian hard rock band’s catalog:

Best Of AC/DC [Redux]” track listing:

01 – Witchskull – “Sin City
02 – Kal-El – “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘N Roll)
03 – Bob Balch & Tony Reed – “What’s Next To The Moon
04 – Krytopgraf – “Bad Boy Boogie
05 – Blue Heron – “Walk All Over You
06 – Supersuckers – “Overdose
07 – Riff Lord – “For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
08 – Solace – “Whole Lotta Rosie
09 – Red Mesa – “If You Want Blood
10 – Ghost Ship Ritual – “The Razors Edge
11 – Caustic Casanova – “Dog Eat Dog
12 – Electric Frankenstein – “High Voltage
13 – Domkraft – “Night Prowler

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