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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

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 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 (opens in new tab), 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. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. 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 was actively involved in Total Rock Radio (opens in new tab), which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.