England's Orange Goblin have a long history in the metal scene going back to the 90's when they put out a couple of splits with Electric Wizard and a two really noteworthy albums: 1997's Frequencies From Planet Ten and it's follow up '98's Time Traveling Blues.
Their latest release, A Eulogy For The Damned is the band's 7th studio album and first one for Candlelight Records. One thing I really like about their trajectory as a band is that they don't stick to conventions. This band has the pure southern biker rock aesthetic down to perfection and you can hear that in new tracks on like "Save Me From Myself". Don't try to pigeonhole them though because these guys have covered the Misfits' "We Bite" on one of their previous albums so they're not some one trick, stoner rock pony.
Some of the tracks on A Eulogy For The Damned rip and shred like any of the best thrash out there, albeit with a little more space between the notes. A Eulogy For The Damned is an achievement of the maturity Orange Goblin hinted at on 2007's Healing Through Fire in terms of the songwriting and the lyrical themes, which range from anti-authority to Mars. Just as they always have, but these guys are older and wiser now so the material has a certain class which the band has never displayed previously, in my opinion.
Orange Goblin are about as tight as they've ever been together in over fifteen years. Guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Maryn Millard have really opened up their playing together and the band as a whole, riffs shine on this album like beams of light cutting through "The Fog". The production on this album is crystal clear which could probably be attributed to the mastering job by Andy Jackson, who is noted for his work with Pink Floyd. Vocalist Ben Ward almost sounds like Wino on cuts like "Stand For Something".
Don't just take my word for it, stream the album below and check out their new music video for "Red Tide Rising" while you're at it, maybe get yourself A Eulogy For The Damned on CD or limited color gatefold LP. These guys are hitting the road for a tour of Ireland and the UK in April and they're an incredible live act so if you want to learn more about them you should check out my interview from last year on Graveyarns