Friday 10 August 2018

Album Review: ORANGE GOBLIN - The Wolf Bites Back

Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites Back

01. Sons of Salem
02. The Wolf Bites Back
03. Renegade
04. Swords of Fire
05. Ghosts of the Primitives
06. In Bocca al Lupo
07. Suicide Division
08. The Stranger
09. Burn the Ships
10. Zeitgeist

I first got into Orange Goblin in 1997 when they released their killer debut album Frequencies From Planet Ten. At the time, I was obsessed with bands like Cathedral and Corrosion of Conformity, so the Stoner/Doom Metal of Orange Goblin appealed to me immensely, as did their awesome band name.

Back then they had a bit more of a psychadelic influence, and over the years this sublety has been replaced with more of a Heavy Punk vibe. Other than that, it's been business as usual for Orange Goblin, who change their sound just enough to keep things fresh, but remain similar enough to be instantly identifiable and continue to appeal to fans of the Stoner and Doom Metal genres.

The Wolf Bites Back is their ninth studio album, and sounds pretty much how I expected it to. I see this as a positive, and don't expect Orange Goblin to go 'Nu Metal' any time soon. This is a dirty, filthy, overdriven beast of a record which harks back to the glory days of Motorhead and Entombed, as much as it does Black Sabbath. There's also a splattering of a Deep Purple influence on tracks like Ghosts of the Primitives and Renegade, which spices things up a bit. Their track The Stranger made me think of early Jethro Tull too, obviously mixed with some crushing Doom and a touch of Blues.

Orange Goblin haven't re-invented the wheel or anything, but I don't think anyone expected them too. What they have done is make another filthy Rock 'n' Roll album that stands shoulder to shoulder with some of their finest work.


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