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Red Fang have released a cover of AC/DC’s classic ‘Hells Bells’ as part of a Magnetic Eye compilation celebrating the Australian Hard Rock legends, titled ‘Back in Black [Redux]’. Find out more…

The covers album 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”

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”

Oran O’Beirne 2021