Mayhem Festival's Earlybird Special: Beerbarians Red Fang

At first glance, the lineup for the 2011 Rockstar Mayhem Festival appears to provide exactly what is expected. The day-long nü-metal smorgasbord hits Cruzan Amphitheatre August 14 featuring two of the biggest names in bro-bounce, Godsmack and Disturbed, as well as Megadeth.

Upon closer inspection, however, Portland act Red Fang sticks out in this grouping (in a good way) almost as much as Busta Rhymes does on the Gathering of the Juggalos roster. There is now a reason to arrive at the Jägermeister stage at the ungodly hour of 2:35 p.m. on a

blazing Sunday in August, as opposed to drinking in the parking lot

until In Flames plays.

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These bearded champions of beer have received some very well-deserved attention for their latest record, Murder In the Mountains, and embarked on a European tour prior to the Mayhem dates. Where things start to deviate from the typical act on this tour, though, is these guys have inspired a throng of animated fans, literally, and were featured on Adult Swim's Metal Swim.

The record, available now from Relapse, is a clear departure from the predictability of what the rest of the festival has to offer. It has a gritty, grimy sound with a twang of southern-rock riffage. The vocals swap from gutty bellows to haunting melodies reminiscent of Alice In Chains. Think of a sloppy-drunk Queens of the Stone Age that has just reached level 15 in a game of Wizard's Staff. This is a record to grow a beard to, one that would rival the likes of any master of the arcane.

This photo should further illustrate the magnificence of our heroes:

These warriors of booze are ready to release their rage!
These warriors of booze are ready to release their rage!

Featured below is the music video for "Wires," featuring appearances from Brian Posehn, Mastodon's Bill Kelliher, PBR's, and 80 gallons of milk:

When asked if the early arrival should be made, the only adequate

response is "WORTH IT!" Assemble your band of champions, power-level to

max and roll d20 vs. rage while wielding your mightiest staff.

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