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Coral Fang

Coral Fang

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by The Distillers

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Those wanting to reignite the flame that burned through Hole's Live Through This (and has yet to fire any of Courtney Love's subsequent work) should dig into Coral Fang, the major-label debut from L.A. punks the Distillers. Led by Brody Dalle, a tough-talking Aussie who's also the ex of Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the Distillers give the straight-dope


Those wanting to reignite the flame that burned through Hole's Live Through This (and has yet to fire any of Courtney Love's subsequent work) should dig into Coral Fang, the major-label debut from L.A. punks the Distillers. Led by Brody Dalle, a tough-talking Aussie who's also the ex of Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the Distillers give the straight-dope punk of the Ramones and Black Flag a grungy post-punk edge that pops with bouncing bass lines and hard-nosed melodies. The disc was produced by Gil Norton, boardsman for both the Foo Fighters and Pixies, and he gives Coral Fang a welcoming modern-rock handshake. His touch is unmistakable -- and irresistible -- on songs such as "Dismantle Me," which suggests both the Foos and Nirvana's more melodic moments, and "Beat Your Heart Out," which evokes the tuneful snarl of the Runaways. But there's not much Norton can do to dampen the throaty croak of Dalle, whose every utterance sounds as if it contains her own blood and bile. When she rasps lines like, "I wish you didn't love me no more / I've been dead for years," on the anthemic self-hatred yarn "Die on a Rope," or "Hold onto the memory / It's all you got," on "The Hunger" (which evokes the Pixies' visceral quiet/loud dynamics), it's hard not to read these songs as a bloodletting after a feral breakup. Post-punk angst hasn't burned this white-hot in years.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By far the most ambitious album yet to bear the Distillers name, Coral Fang is by turns darker, more polished, and more poppy than any of the band's previous work. The history of Brody Dalle -- now back to her maiden name after separating from Tim Armstrong -- precedes her and certainly informs this album, but it's not necessary to know to appreciate Coral Fang's themes of losing and finding love and dealing with a difficult past. Considering her troubled early years, her relationships with rock stars, and most importantly, the music she makes, it would be easy to call her the new Courtney Love. But the comparison is more than a little apt, and Coral Fang delivers the kind of vicarious, drama-queen punk rock thrills that haven't been around since Live Through This. However, even with their lineup switches, the Distillers have always sounded more like a band than any incarnation of Hole ever did; Dalle's voice might be even more desperate-sounding than Love at her most vitriolic; and, arguably, the Distillers' best songs sound more genuine. Direct comparisons aside, Coral Fang does feature some of the best jagged punk-pop in recent memory in "Drain the Blood," where Dalle sings, "I never met a pearl like you/Who could shimmer and rot the same time through" and the nasty breakup song "Hall of Mirrors." "The Hunger" is among the best songs the Distillers have ever written, mixing pretty, yearning verses with firebomb choruses. "The Gallow Is God" is another standout, a heavy, lurching, In Utero-esque catharsis that makes up for its lack of originality with its quality. "Oh my heart it sings suicide," the song begins, and along with titles like "Die on a Rope," it conveys the drama of the album's first half. This drama bleeds into melodrama more often than it should, lending an obviousness that detracts from the Distillers' power. The cover art for both versions of Coral Fang reflects the band's ham-fisted tendencies: the regular artwork features woodcut-like illustrations of bleeding, nude, and scantily-clad women, often pregnant, with razorblades for heads (if they have any at all). The so-called "clean" artwork -- which features the same music as the regular version -- announces its status as a "SAFE COVER" in capital letters and features a sunny vista of cute 'n' cuddly animals (save for a few subversive-looking raccoons, weasels, and skunks skulking in the foreground). Gil Norton's shiny production also makes songs such as "Dismantle Me" sound emptier than they actually are and turns the band into a machine that sounds a little too well-oiled, though it's impossible to totally defang Dalle's vocals and personality. Coral Fang's second half is less dramatic than its gut-wrenching first half, which is both a relief and a letdown. Still, "Beat Your Heart Out" is poppy enough to make Avril Lavigne watch her back, and "Tonight You're Only Here to Know" is another bruised ballad that suggests the Distillers might hit harder with their softer songs. "Death Sex," the aptly named, noisy 11-minute grind that closes the album, is at the very least out of place with the more neatly packaged music here and could be seen as a misguided attempt to inject the album with some more punk sensibility. Strangely, while The Distillers and Sing Sing Death House recalled the punk of the '70s and '80s, this album sounds like a throwback to mid-'90s alternative rock without actually sounding dated. Coral Fang has its fair share of flaws, but it's impassioned enough to have plenty of bite despite them.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
This is [Dalle's] moment to show an audience that's been spoon-fed Avril Lavigne what real angst sounds like.
Rolling Stone - Jenny Eliscu
If Nirvana had been led by a chick singer, Bleach might have sounded like the Distillers' Coral Fang.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
During ravaged, scornful tracks like "Drain the Blood," Coral Fang sounds like the Live Through This follow-up [Courtney] Love has yet to make. (B)

Product Details

Release Date:
Sire / London/Rhino


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Distillers   Primary Artist
Brody Dalle   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Andy "Outbreak" Granelli   Drums,Group Member
Ryan Sinn   Bass,Vocals,Group Member
Tony Bradley   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bradley Cook   Engineer
Gil Norton   Producer
Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
Dan Druff   Guitar Techician
Distillers   Arranger
Jason Dunne   Engineer
Brian Bumbery   Publicity
Brody Dalle   Composer
Mike Fazano   Drum Technician
Tim Presley   Artwork

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Coral Fang 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I got this cd yesterday when it first came out and it is awsome, it is a great follow up to sing sing death house. every track on this cd rocks, i only wish it was longer and that on the last track they had more vocals, but it is definitly worth your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album ROCKS! Simply Amazing! No other way to put it. If you like the Distillers, you will LOVE "Coral Fang". I listen to it over and over and never get tired of it. I totally recommend it to all. BUY IT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this albmum is amazing. its diverse from start to finish. i recommend this to everyone. the distillers are great buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well i popped the cd in my car and i heard"du du du du du"and cranked it and absolutley died it was awsome the cd is so great i loved all of it the lyrical content and the sexy voices of brody ryan and tony it was so great im crying!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd is so badass !!! I think all the hardcore distillers fans should buy.well that's all everyone should buy this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album. Absolutely love it. The lyrics, the music, the artwork... Everything about this album is great. Even the 12 minute long feedback fest that is 'Death Sex'. I love that too. I have been a fan of The Distillers since 'Sing Sing Death House' came out and I believe that this is a step up for them. I love the thrashy, hardcore, crazy sound of the first 2 albums, but honestly (and I'm trying to be as unbiased as possible) this exceeds both those albums in my opinion. Maybe it's the divorce from Tim; maybe its the success of 'Death House', but the lyrics of this album seem much more heartfelt and risqué than on any other album. Though I do wish that I could keep them to myself forever; for them to remain unknown commercially, this album needs to be heard. Brody Dalle is an amazing songwriter, and this is conveyed best through this album. I love every song on this album. Whether it be the adrenaline pumping 'Die On A Rope' or the acoustic screamer 'The Hunger' all of these songs touch me in a special way. I strongly recommend that anybody, a fan or not, buys this album. If it speaks to you in the way it speaks to me, I know you won't be disappointed. Oh, and buy the album with the crucified lady on it. It contains the lyrics and the awesome artwork of this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Distillers newest album "Coral Fang" is totally awesome. I think they did an amazinglly job. I think it is a bit different than their others albums but totally make it work. There is no genre for them they are just THE DISTILLERS. Brody having a tuff summer and still pulling this off. Her looks will never outdo her amazing musical talent. With new guitarist Tony gives the band another attractive face but give the album an extra guitar kick. As for Ryan and Andy they are still as great as ever. Thanks for such a sensational Album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an awesome album! If you want to just rock out to some totally original and raw music, buy this album. It rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this CD is awsome everyone go bi it Brody despite issues has done it agin and man she rocks she is my role model to the maX
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Gwen Stefani- there is a new punk rock princess. Her name is Brody Dalle and she's from Melbourne, Austrilia. She happens to be the frontwoman for THE DISTILLERS! Coral Fang is down right religious! This album is my bible. From the very first song to the end, you feel that your there in the studio with them. The raw lyrics will drive you MAD! She's back with the boys and Coral Fang is the best yet! Worth every penny, in fact i'm buying another one on-line later!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone who knows anything about music today knows that The Distillers are one of, if not, the best, truest, honest in your face bands around. Brody lets you in to her jaded world and bask in its glow until you get lost in it. Hearing the harmonies and the tighest most devoted band will bring chills down your spine. You can tell they're dedicated, not to fame, but to their chemistry and the totally profound music it creates. Seeing them live is nothing short of what i imagine the first few minutes of pure freedom feels like. They've proved with their last records they can do your run of the mill punk rock, but Brody found a way to mix it up with incredible melodies without trying to make radio hits or using her gender or sex appeal to her advantage. You can not get enough. I haven't listened to anything else since their self titled album came out. buy this album and know what it feels like to really lose yourself in music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best albums out there right now. Gives you hard punk and soft at the same time. And with Brody's lyrics and voice, what else can you ask for?
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an awsome buy! The style has changed since their previous album, but thats what I think. It still is a CD meant for your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, so you maybe sitting there on your large anuss not doing much. Comon dont deny it. And as your sitting there your looking a reviews of a few new albums that have come out. And you happen across this one. Well my freind, haha, you are in luck, beacuse this is a review about a album that is quite, good. No im not talking bout the new Rancid, or even the new Strummer, no I am talking bout Coral Fang a new record from you good ol pals the distillers. For a synopsis, this record rocks. No denying it, no matter what way you look at it, it rocks. Their sound is not only tighter, but theres more too it with a new -stable- guitarist added. The songs are more vague, yet some how more deep. And if you post a review and say negative stuff bout Broady and Tim, i will personaly kick your large anuss. WHO GIVES!?! so they were married so they broke up its a realtionship and not part of my or your bussiness. Ok? good. TO RECAP. the music is awsome, and you who is sitting on your large anuss doing nothing, why dont you get up and go down to your local record store and pick it up, cuz you know what, if ROCKS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome album, any punk fan should love it. I must admit, it is a change from their previous albums, but progress in this case is a good thing. Brody's voice is captivating and the band as a whole have really grown. The songwriting is beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Coral Fang" is an amazingly great album. It's by far the best album of the year. Anyone who doesn't have it should buy it now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Distillers are trying new things and just getting better as they go. If you weren't a fan before, you will be now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I did not know the Distillers but The first time i heard some of the songs on the radio i had to have the album.. I think the songs has a good punk/rock sound i haven't heard in a long time so i give it 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Coral Fang has a meaning to it, all the songs and lyrics all have meanings too. Its the best album ive heard for a while, and i can tell i will listen to it for a long time. Brody is inspirational and a great lyrics writer. I recommend this album to anyone looking for punk, alternative music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have listened to this album millions of times since i bought it and i still enjoy listening to every track. it is different to the distillers first two albums but is still just as good and if not even better. i would recommend that you bought this album as it is simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a must for all you distiller fiends. softer and more singing but the lyrics and energy will keep you going. not to mention- the music of course.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the distillers rock. this has to be the best album ive heard all year. i especially like number 6. but every song rocks.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best Distillers ablum to date. Coral Fang has a great mix of smooth and hard songs that can make you sit back, relax and have your heart skip a beat with lung shattering screams. I've listened to this ablbum non-stop and i love every second of it. Go and buy this ablum if you want some enjoyment out of your life. Coral Fang is giving punk fans a new name to scream out for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brody's voice is amazing. I can sit back, relax with her soothing raspy voice and feel my heart skip a beat with her lung straining screams. This album gives punk fans another name to scream for.