SongoftheDay: WHISKEY LEECH by ORANGE GOBLIN

Album Art by Frank Kozik

WHISKEY LEECH by ORANGE GOBLIN

Heavy Metal is not just about music: it’s a way of life, a motivating mind-set, a positive force and an inspirational belief system. It’s the most exciting, life-affirming noise that exists on this planet of ours, and London’s indestructible masters of the furious form are Orange Goblin. Not just the UK’s reigning champions of balls-out, party-starting, booze-fuelled metal, but one of the very best live rock bands of all time, the mighty Goblin have been a permanent and d30duniversally admired fixture on the British metal circuit for the past 18 years. With 2012’s ‘A Eulogy for the Damned’, their seventh and best studio album, they cemented their place amongst the British metal elite. The album is a thunderous tour-de-force of gargantuan riffs, subterranean rumble and electrifying energy, it is the album the band had been threatening to make since they first crawled, from the grubby Soho shadows back in 1995.

Inspired by the gods of hard rock, heavy metal, punk rock and underground extremity, from Sabbath, Motörhead and Thin Lizzy through to Celtic Frost, Danzig and Black Flag, Orange Goblin were initially seen as major contenders amid the mid-90s stoner rock explosion, but it soon became apparent that this band had much more up their collective wizard’s sleeve than red-eyed boogie and flapping flares. In fact, over the course of their roller coaster career, the band have proved themselves to be one of the most consistent and persistent forces in modern heavy music, amassing a catalogue of albums that rivals anything released during the same period. From the rambunctious, heads-down exuberance of their Frequencies From Planet Ten debut in 1997 through to the multi-genre bonfire of insanities that was 2007’s Healing Through Fire, Orange Goblin have always kicked arse, always written songs that hit home like a stage diver’s boot connecting with your forehead, always delivered the rampaging heavy metal goods while meaning every last riff, beat, solo and bellow.

But it is as a live band that Orange Goblin have founded their formidable reputation. Long renowned as skilled crowd-pleasers and party masters, the band have toured all over the world and shared stages with countless big names, including Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Clutch, Motorhead, Sex Pistols, Queens Of The Stone Age, Dio, Monster Magnet and many more. They have ad8bheadlined sell-out shows at New York’s revered CBGB’s, Los Angeles’ notorious Troubadour and venues across the world. They have also blown fields full of minds at such prestigious festivals as Sonisphere, Download, Hellfest, Soundwave, Bloodstock Open Air, Roadburn, Dynamo, Maryland Death Fest and High Voltage. An Orange Goblin show is a guaranteed good time…all you need to do is get the beers in, prepare your neck muscles for maximum punishment and surrender to the sound of a grand heavy metal institution letting rip at full throttle.

A lean, mean hard rocking’ machine…the eight-legged tag team of frontman Ben Ward, bassist Martyn Millard, guitarist Joe Hoare and drummer Chris Turner reached a new peak of creativity and intensity on ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’. The album earned the band critical acclaim around the world, being voted No.3 in UK Metal Hammer magazines ‘Top Albums of 2012’. The same year Orange Goblin were voted ‘Best Band’ by the readers of Terrorizer magazine, as well as a whole load of other accolades for the band and album alike. They then followed it up in 2013 with the release of the bands first live album/DVD ‘A Eulogy For The Fans – Orange Goblin Live 2012’. This album deftly encapsulates everything that is exhilarating and admirable about this most dedicated and humble of British metal wrecking crews and deservedly propelled Orange Goblin to the front of the British metal queue. The band then embarked on their biggest world tour in 2013, playing 161 shows across 28 different countries including a first trip to Australia to participate in the now legendary Soundwave Festival, 2 full North American tours and a 3 month

Poster Art by Frank Kozik
Poster Art by Frank Kozik

jaunt around the UK and Europe, while sharing the stage with such revered heavy rock luminaries as Clutch, Down and Airbourne. At last, after two decades of dogged defiance, the OG boys were smashing it on a global level and receiving the acclaim and respect that their efforts, talent and verve have long deserved.

Now it’s 2014 and Orange Goblin have recharged their batteries and pieced together a suitably thunderous and triumphant follow-up to ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’. Once again recorded with producer Jamie Dodd at The Animal Farm studio in the band’s native London, the band’s eighth studio album bears the ominous title ‘Back From The Abyss’ and comprises another neck-wrecking and sonically monstrous collecting of prime British metal, delivered with all the frenzied passion and jaw-shattering oomph that fans of this most consistent of bands have come to expect. All that remains is to witness the impact this latest unequivocal creative success will have on the OG faithful, not least when the band hit the road once again, embarking on another trek around the globe, electrifying crowds and leaving yet more trails of destruction in their wake. The party is starting all over again… whose round is it??

“‘Back from the Abyss’ is the sound of Orange Goblin firing on all cylinders!” roars frontman Ben Ward. “From the Sabbathian, weighty-groove of ‘Sabbath Hex’, the Motörhead-styled punk snarl of ‘The Devil’s Whip’, the epic, Maiden-esque gallop of ‘Mythical Knives’, through to the apocalyptic Doom of ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’; this is the best of all of our individual influences pulled together. We have created the definitive Orange Goblin album. Following the great, worldwide reception of ‘A Eulogy For The Damned’ and the subsequent 2 years of touring everywhere, we knew we had a lot to live up to. But we were prepared and entered the studio armed with an arsenal of killer riffs! They are all present on this album, continuing the Orange Goblin trend of never being afraid to move forward or trying something new. By doing so we have created a unique, heavy sound that lies somewhere between doom, stoner, classic metal, 70’s inspired heavy-rock, punk, blues and everything in between. We worked with Jamie Dodd again as he did such a great job on the last record and I think he has even gone one better this time around! Adding Jamie’s amazing production to the outstanding performances and songwriting of the band, we have made an album we are all very proud of. Our last album gave the band new life and sent us off into the unknown. This new album sees Orange Goblin stretching the limits once more… ‘Back From The Abyss’ and ready to rock all over again!!”

“It has to be said that Orange Goblin shows are very predictable….you know they are going to be brilliant before they even hit the stage!” – Terry Bezer (Kerrang!)

“Consistently one of the greatest live bands the UK has produced in recent decades!” – Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer)

“Put simply, Orange Goblin are the best metal band in Britain!” – Malcolm Dome (Classic Rock)