It’s easy to take Orange Goblin for granted. They ‘ve been around for a while now, ever since the bleary- eyed years of the stoner rock explosion in the mid 90s. They ‘ve been releasing albums and touring around the world without much fuss or hype. They are a warhorse band, like Motorhead, Venom, High On Fire or any band with Wino in its’ ranks.
Their early sound was an aged, smoky blend of stoner rock and psychedelia, but they ‘ve been leaning more and more towards their more aggressive heavy metal and punk side. It’s been many years since their last album Healing Through Fire. That album was the most metallic of their career (with appropriate song lyrics about the plague and the great fire of London), so I expected something similar.
Not quite. A Eulogy for the Damned certainly sounds loud, brash and beer- soaked, but it’s also very very catchy. I don’t mean to suggest that they ‘ve suddenly gone pop or anything, but the whole album is packed with tasty hard rock riffs and soaring choruses. It’s a blast to listen to, from the biker stomp of The Filthy and the Few to the epic finale of the title track. And I also loved the horror- themed lyrics (courtesy of video nasty- obsessed singer Ben Ward).
I shouldn’t be too surprised. After all, that band has never released a bad album. Still, A Eulogy for the Damned is a Hell of a record and song- for- song, their best since 2000’s The Big Black. I think it’s time to acknowledge Orange Goblin as a British institution. Sit back, light up and enjoy.
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
Release date: 13,14/Feb/2012 , Candlelight Records