Live: Orange Goblin

Orange-coloured evidence that old- school metal can still kick arse.

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With the Star Wars theme blaring, it can only mean one thing – the boys are back in town.

It’s nothing but an old-school metal show here tonight – a few lights at the back, a lot of smoke, and some heavy riffs.

As Ward thanks the crowd for supporting his “stupid little band”, the passion and gratitude felt for Orange Goblin is palpable in the dark, thick, sweaty room. And with one last swig from a bottle of Jack, the band bid us farewell after a night of blood, sweat and beers, with Red Tide Rising charging like a bull covered in Deep Heat. As the hangovers slowly make themselves felt, it’s comforting to know that after two decades Orange Goblin are still kicking arse.

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.