The ten best concerts of the week: Nov. 19-23
6. RED FANG @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | MON, 11/19/12
There are several reasons that Red Fang is better than most bands of its ilk. The first and most apparent is its drummer. Preferring to be on the ground level with his bandmates rather than on the drum riser, John Sherman delivers blow after punishing blow to his kit, keeping the tempo to near-metronome precision while catapulting the already powerful quartet into new decibel ranges. If loudness equals greatness, then Red Fang could give Spinal Tap a run for its money. In additional to volume, the Portland band displays expert musicianship with showy guitar leads that segue effortlessly into complex breakdowns. In a genre becoming saturated with similar ideas and styles, most bands would be well advised to take a second to evaluate how they want to sound and ultimately decide to be more like Red Fang.