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Orange Goblin: A Eulogy For The Dammed

After a prolonged absence from the studio it's with great pleasure to announce the unmistakable return of Orange Goblin, with an album that simply plows through to the front of the queue. Ben Ward, who could be the bastard son of Lemmy has, like the Biblical Samson, returned with his flowing metal mane which has given him magical goblin powers.

This has resulted in a possible contender for album of the year. I can hear the shouts of, "it's just February!" However believe me when I say this, Orange Goblin have produced what is possibly the most complete, accessible Goblin album of their careers without compromise or loss of integrity. Damn, there's even a splash of melody in 'Stand For Something' but the unstoppable force of album opener 'Red Tide Rising' simply sets the bar above reach. The album hammers along with its riff -fueled energy powering aside everything in its path. Not until 'Save Me From Myself' do we get a slowing down with the pace, just a little however, where a blues tinge ebbs through in a 'stroke my gun on the porch' kinda way. All credit has to go to the solid rhythm section of Martyn Millard & Christopher Ian Turner who keeps the Goblin thundering on to new emphatic highs. Ending with the title track 'Eulogy For The Dammed' is simply a show of stunning proportions. A slow acoustic build makes way for some spine tingling guitar work courtesy of the understated Joe Hoare. I've just not been able to listen to anything else for weeks; its energy levels keep me reaching for that musical high.

Orange Goblin have produced an album worthy of classic status…That's no mean feat, and I'm not just blowing smoke up their asses. With today's music industry and record sales as they are if you only buy one album this year make it A Eulogy For The Dammed don't make me send an alcohol fuelled Ben Ward to git ya!!!

Track Listing:-
1. Red Tide Rising
2. Stand For Something
3. Acid Trial
4. The Filthy & The Few
5. Save Me From Myself
6. The Fog
7. Return To Mars
8. Death Of Aquarius
9. The Bishops Wolf
10. A Eulogy For The Damned

Added: February 9th 2012
Reviewer: Mark Davies
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 1963
Language: english

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Orange Goblin: A Eulogy For The Dammed
Posted by John OBoyle, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-02-16 17:15:53
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Orange Goblin the British Stoner Doom band has rolled into town and 2012 with an absolutely storming album make no mistake of that. They are a band that sound like the bastard child of Black Sabbath and Motorhead and powerful sonics is the order of the day as one would expect.

As a band they really have this approach down to a fine art, being a band that can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes; statements that might sound slightly sycophantic, but hey what the hell. There are only a few bands out there that can do this and Orange Goblin are up there with the best of them.

This album stamps its big ass footprint on your forehead with its attitude serving its fans with quality from the mammoth opening chords of Red Tide Rising through to the closer and album titled A Eulogy To The Damned, ten songs delivered with such dynamic force that it is akin to being hit by a tsunami, wave after wave of pompous power that you won't forget, once you have heard it.

The band continues with their detuned approach cranking it up, psychedelic and technical virtuosity that has a bluesy, moody doom and punk approach that more than matches the potent sound of those heady 70's bands.

Whether the band are in your face strutting and swaggering with Red Tide Rise, cutting loose during the instrumental section of The Fog or taking a more slower pace, (until all hell breaks loose), as can be heard on album titled and closer A Eulogy To The Damned that could in all honesty be mistaken for Monster Magnet.

Ben Ward and company confidently deliver presenting their talents time and time again. This maybe the bands seventh album. Be under no illusions the band have lost none of their potency and Eulogy to the Damned may just be their best album to date.

Orange Goblin: A Eulogy For The Dammed
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2012-02-09 15:13:54
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Holy Hell! Orange Goblin return (from the dead?) after an extended 'sabbatical' with this latest powerhouse of riffage titled A Eulogy For the Damned. Right from the start with "Red Tide Rising", their brand of stoner/doom/sludge/blues-metal grabs you by the throat and never lets go. This song has one of the catchiest and most headbangingest riffs I've heard this year, bar none. From there it's one winner after another, like the Motorhead meets Mastodon grind of "Stand For Something", the complex & highly textured stomp that is "Acid Trial", the Southern swamp metal of "The Filthy And the Few" and "Save Me From Myself", the Black Sabbath inspired "The Fog", the groove laden stunner "Return to Mars", the brontosaurus dirge of "Death of Acquarius", the tasty twin guitar lines and NHOBHM feel on "Bishop's Wolf", and the psychedelic prog meets stoner vibe of the epic title track.

A Eulogy for the Damned is one hell of a footstompin', headbangin' good time, a perfect soundtrack for your next beer swillin', BBQ'in function, and sure to be a favorite amongst metalheads of all ages here in 2012.

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