Orange Goblin are back, and by now you should know what that means. The London based stoner rock legends have spent the best part of the last twenty years serving up some huge riffs and killer live shows. For their seventh album, the band haven’t strayed far from the path that has served them well so far in the career. With “A Eulogy For The Damned” they have produced another excellent album, one that adds to an already impressive back catalogue.
From the moment Joe Hoare’s distorted intro comes in at the start of ‘Red Tide Rising’ you are transported into their hazy, booze soaked world. The lyrics cover all kinds of weird and wonderful subjects such as mythology and psychedelia and Ben Ward‘s gnarled vocal delivery is as strong as ever. Tracks like ‘Stand For Something’ and ‘Save Me From My Myself’ as well as the title track, which closes the album, show a different side to the fast paced rock of the other seven tracks on here. The slower songs differ in the delivery from all quarters, and really break the album up and add another dimension to it.
A sample from 1969 film Satan’s Sadists opens up ‘The Filthy And The Few’, which is definitely one of the stand-out tracks for me on here, the type of song you can imagine becoming staple of the live shows in the future. Another track that initially stood out was ‘Death Of Aquarius’ with its heavy crunching lead guitar.
‘A Eulogy For The Damned’ is a blistering album. As much as fads and trends come and go, there is always a place for straight up gimmick free rock / metal and Orange Goblin are one of the very best at producing it. This album should be a definite purchase for most rock and metal fans. A large dose of filth infested blues-rock that should have most people nodding their head or tapping their feet at the very least. The rhythm section of Martyn Millward on bass and Chris Turner on drums keeps this album driving along at a fine pace. Miss their UK tour this at your peril, but this is definitely an album you need in your collection.