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Album of the day: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy for the Damned

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Metal Although London institution Orange Goblin has been kicking ass consistently for fifteen years, it is somewhat recently that the band has really perfected the blend of Black Sabbath, Motörhead, and Down – the kind of hard-rocking, thick-grooving, bottle-smashing outlaw stoner metal that’s so easy to overlook but so hard to live without.

In fact, to hell with all this talk of ‘stoner metal’ – it seems safer to say that Orange Goblin plays whiskey metal. Still, it must be admitted that earlier in its career, the band sounded much more like a friend to the toked, fumed, jived, and spaced, with an acid wash of psychedelia swirling about that plotted something of a midpoint between the Hell’s Angels and the Haight-Ashbury crowd.

Though the band tinkered between each record, it has been with its past two records – 2004’s Thieving from the House of God and 2007’s Healing Through Fire – that this dirtier, groovier, more rock and goddamn roll incarnation of its sound has been honed to a fine, shank-worthy point. And now, with new record A Eulogy for the Damned, Orange Goblin graciously continues the noble business of just being Orange Goblin.

So yes, this means that the band isn’t really taking any risks, but this is a band that calls itself Orange Goblin fer Chrissakes, and whose Metal-Archives profile lists lyrical themes such as “drugs, space travel, [and] relationships.” That is to say, you really shouldn’t be expecting some sort of high concept Deathspell Omega on a dirtbike. That having been said, it would be disingenuous to suggest that A Eulogy for the Damned finds Orange Goblin simply in a holding pattern.

True, it is basically more of the same foot-stomping, blues-licking, drink-spilling goodness, but it’s just, well, better. The riffs fly off Joe Hoare’s fingers a bit more sweetly, Chris Turner’s kit grooves chug a bit more fluidly, everything just rocks a bit more rockingly, and vocalist Ben Ward still sounds like he ate a window for breakfast.

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Album of the day: Pilgrim – Misery Wizard

Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from While music obviously needs bands capable of doing radically new, different things, it also needs bands that refine existing styles and add their own voice. Pilgrim fall into the latter category – they’re not going to spawn an entire new sound, but they are going to […]

Album of the day: Hammers Of Misfortune – 17th Street

Posted on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Heavy Metal: 17th Street is the fifth studio album released by visionary, San Francisco, CA-based progressive metal band Hammers of Misfortune. I have to be honest: reducing their genre to “progressive” feels disingenuous. Hammers of Misfortune are Hammers of Misfortune, full stop. They borrow elements from […]

Album of the day: Glorior Belli – The Great Southern Darkness

Posted on Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Praise for Glorior Belli‘s The Great Southern Darkness from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: We’ve mentioned it before, but it seems like few can touch French black metal when it comes to originally and innovation. Whether it’s the gnarled twisted post rock flecked ritualistic blackness of Deathspell Omega, or the industrial drone […]

Album of the day: In Solitude – The World. The Flesh. The Devil.

Posted on Saturday, June 11th, 2011

Praise for In Solitude‘s The World. The Flesh. The Devil. from San Francisco’s aQuarius Records: Last time we highlighted the 2nd album from Mercyful Fate / King Diamond (and Satan) lovin’ Swedish true metallers, Portrait. Now this week we’ve got another sophomore album from ANOTHER Swedish heavy metal act on […]

Album of the day: Pentagram – Last Rites

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The Pentagram story is as long as the story of heavy metal itself. In 2011, vocalist Bobby Liebling marks 40 years since the inception of the seminal Washington D.C. (it’s the “Doom Capitol” for a reason) outfit, and with the much-anticipated release of Pentagram’s Last […]

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