orange goblin


The Thelema-inspired doom of Caronte, with Schammasch’s ritualistic blackened death, rounded off by the no-nonsense black metal assault of Enthroned: what more could any self-respecting Luciferian occultist ask for a pleasant night? Well done to District 19 for putting together a great show at Netherlands’ P60 Pop Podium.

You could say that Orange Goblin are something of a British heavy metal institution in so much as there won’t be a heavy metal fan on this fair isle who hasn’t seen, heard of, or is at least aware of this bunch of hairy reprobates. They’ve spent years sweating their collective bollocks off on the UK gig circuit and, with a raft of critically acclaimed albums under their belts, the ‘Goblin’ seem content spending their days stomping around the UK and Europe churning out solid, riff-filled albums like this one.

London, England-based heavy metal/hard rock quartet, Orange Goblin, are set to release their latest offering, Back From The Abyss, on October 7, 2014 via Candlelight Records. The 12-track recording is, per usual, an addictive and punishing affair that will leave the band’s fans hysterically happy. So as to promote said release, we got “Quick & Dirty” with lead singer Ben Ward.

I was introduced to Orange Goblin a few years back via their Healing Through Fire release and from that moment on I became a hardcore fan. That said, I’ve been anticipating this record for a while and let me tell you it was WELL the wait; I absolutely love the entire disc. A Eulogy For The Damned picks up right where Healing Through Fire left off and carries on the trademark heavy, sludgy, stoner sound that myself and so many others have come to know and love.

Upon receipt of Healing Through Fire by Orange Goblin, I looked at the cover and title and was thoroughly expecting to be writing a review on a Death metal band, especially with song titles such as “Beginners Guide To Suicide” and “Hot Knives And Open Sores.” Man, was I surprised when I popped it in my player and was greeted by good and raucous, ruff-around-the-edges, straight forward Metal. There are no pretenses here, this disc is not super polished and glossy but it seriously kicks ass.