ORANGE GOBLIN – A Eulogy For The Damned
Slugging it out in the stoner rock/ metal scene since 1995, the UK four piece Orange Goblin have put out a series of albums and built their reputation slaying live audiences from club tours to the biggest heavy festivals on all corners of the globe. “A Eulogy For The Damned” continues with the electric grit and tenacity of Black Sabbath and Thin Lizzy against the underground ethics of say early Motorhead or Celtic Frost and this will give you a sense of these 10 songs sonically.
Vocally Ben Ward has this bluesy, throaty mid-range that suits the rhythmic swagger and low end grooves just fine, some of his best work coming in songs like the Foo Fighters meets Queens Of The Stone Age-ish “Stand For Something” and the hypnotic, Lizzy-esque guitar licks within “Return To Mars” where drummer Chris Turner gives the listener a lesson in fill dynamics and hi hat/ snare syncopation. Orange Goblin are at their best when lobbing a series of faster riffs and then turning on a dime to cut the tempos into semi-doom territory- as “Bishop’s Wolf” takes control with these shifting motions like riding the crest of a wave.
These gentlemen understand that hard rock and metal in general is not a passing fad in the hearts of the fans- it’s a lifestyle and stays with you from the moment of discovery to the moment you leave this earth. “A Eulogy For The Damned” keeps the feet stomping, the hands flailing and most of your body energized from song to song- this one is ideal for those who love the stoner/doom metal scene.