Review: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned

Sometimes, when you look at and listen to the progression of a band over the years, it can bring about emotions of sincere love or intense hatred, depending on if the band has changed their sound over the years or remained true to a certain style. Some bands, like Slayer and Motorhead rarely deviate from their formula, and the fans love and depend on that consistency. Other bands, like Metallica, have waxed and waned, evolving and searching for new directions in their music.

Every now and then, a band adjusts their sound just enough to catapult them through the invisible barrier between good and great, and that is exactly what the UK’s Orange Goblin has done on their latest album, A Eulogy for the Damned.

Earlier Orange Goblin albums had a perfect mixture of Black Sabbath heaviness mixed with a spacy, psychedelic sound. As they evolved, they got less trippy and more heavy, favoring a heavy, murky stoner metal sound. Eulogy is a varied mix of styles, from heavy stoner, to blues to deep southern rock (some of these songs have a strong Skynyrd influence to them), while still strongly holding on to the band’s identity.

The first thing that is evident is the production of this album. Crisp, clean production, and for the first time singer Ben Ward’s vocals have been clearly brought to the forefront, where on previous albums his voice seems to have gotten lost at times through the heavy fuzz of the music. With topical song that touch on horror (Red Tide Rising, The Fog), faith and self-destruction (Save Me From Myself), bikers (The Filthy and the Few), and drugs (Acid Trial), to name a few.

Red Tide Rising starts the album off with a horrifying tale of Cthulu, and was a great choice for the first single released from Eulogy. Death of Aquarius is a heavy, churning bombast that picks up steam like a downhill locomotive. One song I can’t quite put into words is the last song, the title track of the album. It starts somber, with low, clean vocals, and picks up the tempo as it goes, and ends with what can be described as an emotional, uplifting jam at the end, almost bringing to mind the moving finale of the Skynyrd classic Freebird.

The songs are well-constructed, and I can’t go without mentioning one of the stars of this album: the incredible riffs. These are by far some of the catchiest riffs that OG has ever churned out, and some of these will sink their teeth in and get stuck in your head for days.This is not an album you will get tired of quickly. Quite the opposite – you will have this one if your rotation for a while.

If Eulogy For The Damned is any indicator of what is to come in the future of Orange Goblin, then you can count on hearing a lot more about these guys in the near future.

You can stream the entire album for free (and purchase it) at Candlelight Records’ Bandcamp page here.


2 Responses to “Review: Orange Goblin – A Eulogy For The Damned”

  1. W. Stuart Rose Grampzilla Says:

    Makes me want to buy it. Good writing!

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