Orange Goblin - A Eulogy for the Damned - Album Review

Candlelight Records

By Alex Young

Britain’s doom metal titans Orange Goblin triumphantly return to the throes of the chaotic heavy metal madness they have championed for the last sixteen years. For the band’s seventh album, the aptly titled “A Eulogy for the Damned”, Orange Goblin seeks out songs bordering on new territory without abandoning their sludgy riff-laden doom metal roots. For those who are fans of all that is heavy and have not had the privilege to salute the altar of the mighty Orange Goblin, prepare to be bewildered by one of the most underrated metal acts on earth.

The opening track, “Red Tide Rising”, borders on dark thrash as the band mercilessly wields their instruments like Vikings charging onto the battle field, ultimately setting the tone for the remainder of the album. “How many chances do I get to find redemption?” Ben Ward belts out in “Stand for Something” as the song charges forward like a barbarian’s battering ram before breaking out into a blistering solo. Ben Ward’s lyrics speak of alternate realities, facing the world we all live in and the idea that freedom is only for those who are willing to fight for it. The music accurately reflects these themes, especially in the blazing bong huffing anthem “The Filthy and the Few” that fires through the listener’s headphones on all cylinders and doesn’t take any prisoners.

Although the band is notoriously known for their fuzzed out riffs and grooves that slice like the blade of a guillotine, “A Eulogy for the Damned” sees Orange Goblin at their tightest. The immaculate production from two-time Grammy nominated engineer Andy Jackson (who once worked for Pink Floyd) boldly takes the band into sonic territory they have never been before. Despite the band admitting this is the first album they’ve ever recorded while being sober, the songs will make fans raise their goblets of ale to cheers the Goblin’s righteous tunes.