Orange Goblin/Karma To Burn/Black Moth at Electric Ballroom, London live review

London’s metal institution bring their seasonal cheer

Cover art for Orange Goblin/Karma To Burn/Black Moth live at Electric Ballroom, London

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Seeing the mighty Orange Goblin at Xmas is now an annual event, and one that never fails to bring seasonal good cheer – or excellent support acts. BLACK MOTH’s [7] soulful biker doom stomp sounds monstrous, lifted as it is by Harriet Hyde’s soaring voice and assured stage presence. Viriginian road dogs KARMA TO BURN [8] still eschew vocals entirely, but you would be hard pushed to notice as they remain utterly captivating, as attested to by the hundreds of nodding heads and shit-eating grins. It would be so easy for the veteran headliners to coast in front of such a partisan audience, but such is ORANGE GOBLIN’s [9] vigour and pride that this is never an option. Exploding onto the stage with Bloodzilla, there’s no let-up as the four men smash their way through a set that spans their career to date, and they even introduce new song Sons Of Salem, which has the power and rhythm to suggest the next Goblin album will match their best yet. Towering frontman Ben Ward is a charismatic focal point, while Joe Hoare shows why he is one of the best guitarists around. The highlights of the performance are the ebullient Scorpionica, the fierce The Filthy & The Few and the snapping Quincy The Pig Boy. But there are no dips, every song getting a huge reaction from the crowd of diehards. Orange Goblin are as much a part of Xmas now as pantomime, Quality Street and hangovers.

Malcolm Dome

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He died in 2021