Once closely associated with the stoner scene, slowly over the course of a couple of albums Orange Goblin has become a bit more of their own beast, blending some earlier metal influences with a touch of doom to create a form of music that can only be classed as ‘Orange Goblin’.
The groove driven ‘Sons Of Salem’ is a balls to the wall rock tune made for the bands live set list. Following quickly is title track ‘The Wolf Bites Back’ that opens with acoustic guitars buidling a sense of foreboding intensified as the bass starts to rumble underneath the cycling riff, all before vocalist Ben Ward comes in with his whiskey-soaked vocals adding a vocal bite to a classic 70s styled rock tune.
Orange Goblin continue to experiment with variations on the formula, changing from track to track from the almost punk Motorhead tribute ‘Suicide Division’ (with the help of Phil Campbell) to its follow up ‘The Stranger’ with a near-country feel. Not enough can be said for the almost 70s funk feeling of the intro to ‘Ghosts of the Primitives’. All this while still keeping elements of their stoner/sludge alive in tracks such as ‘Swords of Fire’. The instrumental piece ‘In Bocca Al Lupo’ is set perfectly to allow a short breather with its layers of bluesy guitars before the onslaught of the final few tracks.
This album is stacked with great tunes, even after the instrumental rest in there, it just keeps pushing, a testament to the statements the band have made with regards to making this with a focus to their live show. Add this to the your must listen list of albums released in the first half of this year.
- Sons of Salem
- The Wolf Bites Back
- Swords of Fire
- Ghosts of The Primitives
- In Bocca Al Lupo
- Suicide Division
- The Stranger
- Burn The Ships