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Orange Goblin: A Eulogy For The Fans

Live metal titans kick ass at the Bloodstock festival.

Nothing lifts the spirits in these grey days like a 10-foot tall beardy bloke bellowing, “We’re Orange fucking Goblin baby!” Particularly when that’s followed by a blistering set of quality heavy metal.

Yes, they were told they could never return after Bloodstock 2001 (bad behaviour, trashed dressing room, naughty boys…), but as this live CD/DVD package affirms – led by 2012’s Bloodstock set, plus extras including Hellfest 2012 footage and behind-the-scenes chitchat – you’d be mad to turn them away now.

Maybe it’s the freak-out purple lights, maybe it’s the nostalgic one-guitar riffery, but you soon realise quite how much Orange Goblin owe to the psychedelic doom-metal efforts of early Black Sabbath, Pentagram and co. The likes of Fog, from 2012’s fantastic A Eulogy For The Damned, ooze pseudo-occult musings on ‘ceremonial sin’ and ‘blood running in’ – melodic, dirty and dark all at once.

From the awesome stoner-tinged Red Tide Rising, through blast-beating, crunching power in They Come Back, A Eulogy For The Fans will invoke nostalgic smugness in those who were there, and seething envy in those who weren’t.

Polly is Features Editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage) and writes a few things. She also writes for Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer, and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.