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Orange Goblin – Rough & Ready, Live & Loud… 25 Years of British Rock and Heavy Metal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 10th May 2020 by mickbirchy

Orange Goblin
Rough & Ready, Live & Loud
Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Stoner Rock
Released: 1st May 2020
via Orange Goblin Music / Rise Above Records

It’s hard to put into words how much I love the band Orange Goblin and how much their music reached me. Let me take you back to 2012 and the release of their album A Eulogy For The Damned. This was an album that immediately captured my consciousness and reached me on a level that I don’t think many metal bands have done. It wasn’t an overly complex record from a musical standpoint.  It adhered to a standard, verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure with riffs to carry the general tune of the song and they used some brilliant guitar work to give their music some extra life. After listening to that album I was immediately fascinated with them, their riffs always caught me, hook line and sinker and I hunted down their previous albums to see if they gave the same feeling. Very luckily, they did. In particular Thieving from the House of God, which still to this day is one of my all-time favourite metal albums.

Once I had discovered their music I made it a mission to see them live in concert. I got my chance time and time again as Orange Goblin are touring machines, I’ve managed to watch them live at least 12 times now. Now, how do I describe their live shows? They’re one of the most charismatic and fun bands to watch live. They just have this imposing presence to their shows, it’s something you can really feel as an audience member, no matter how many times I see them perform I still get chills when they get certain parts of their sets. There are some staple tunes that the band will just play and the crowd goes nuts, like “Saruman’s Wish” and “Some You Win, Some You Lose”, when they hit those songs you can feel the crowd twist and shift and come to life. It’s such an awesome feeling. They do such a good job of making a set-list that will keep their fans happy. I mean all bands have to release new material and I think deciding what old songs to keep and what new songs to add is an art form unto itself. They always seem to get that balance of rocking the old school tunes and promoting the new material. So, it’s great to hear a set-list unfold itself over the course of a night.

Now they have been rocking for 25 solid years, Orange Goblin wanted to do something for the fans to celebrate this milestone in their career. However, with the UK being in lock-down due to the world health crisis at the time of writing this review, it wasn’t like they could just hit the road at their leisure. So, the next best thing was to give their fans a live album. Rough & Ready, Live & Loud is a collection of live recordings from their gigs. The songs were taken from their sets at Sylak Open Air Festival 2016, KOKO in London 2016 and at the Fuzz Club in Athens in 2019. It’s a well-rounded album with lots of great songs to rock out to. It also gives some love to some of their, let’s say underrated, classics like “Time Traveling Blues” and “Made of Rats”. So in that sense, it’s not a greatest hits album per se, more of a collection to give the listener the feeling of hearing the band live and enjoying the show. Which is cool and a good way to put their stamp on 25 years as a band. Also, included with the album on Bandcamp is a digital booklet filled with fan-submitted memories of the band. Which made this feel like an all-inclusive experience with their fans. In addition to this the Bandcamp edition of the album features the extra track of “Your World Will Hate This” from the album Coup de Grace. Which is a pretty damn good cap on the album. I mean it’s a short tune but it has that fierce energy and packs that little extra punch.

Although I can’t pretend that I have been a fan since the start (you know since I was only three years old when they started, so the only music I liked was the intro to Thomas the Tank Engine). I feel like they were definitely a cornerstone in developing my taste in heavy metal and hard rock. Still to this day I gravitate to music with heavy riffs and fuzzy solos more than any other styling. Their live shows have always been something to look forward to for me because I know they’re going to give it their all and they enjoy every moment of being on stage. This was a nice treat as a fan of the band and something that I’ve enjoyed listening to. So… here’s to 25 years of Orange Goblin and hopefully another 25 years of hard rock and heavy metal.

10/10

Mick Birchall

Get the album for yourself here – https://orangegoblinofficial.bandcamp.com

R.A.M.P. @ Hard Club, Porto (PT)

Posted in Gig, Live with tags , , , on 29th November 2013 by Pieni

R.A.M.P.
Hard Club, Porto (Portugal)
23rd November 2013

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Since I’ve joined the Valkyrian Music team that I’ve been showing you how much more there is to the Portuguese metal scene than Moonspell. Today I give you another icon of our metal history: R.A.M.P., who have been touring across our country in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

Yes, unlike W.A.S.P., there is a reason for those dots – R.A.M.P. is the combination of the original members’ initials, Ricardo, António, Miguel and Paulo. A few line-up changes have occurred ever since, the latest being new bass player Sales, who brought a new life to the live performances, with his good spirits and talent with the four strings.

The venue wasn’t exactly full, but thankfully they didn’t change the event to the smaller room, so R.A.M.P. had the stage, sound and lights that they deserve. Also the crowd was totally responsive, but just like any other singer, Rui wasn’t satisfied with the first screams he got from us. What was new to me was the way he made us scream louder: not the usual “is that all you’ve got?” or “yesterday we played in City X and they did a lot better”; he said “if we were a German or a Swedish band, this is where we’d say ‘you’re the best crowd in the fucking world!’. But we know that here in Porto you can get louder than that!”. And of course we did.

Among hit songs such as “How”, “Alone”, “Behind The Wall” or “Black Tie”, he told us about how he and his brother were called of junkies by their neighbors just because they wore long hair and black clothes. And then some guy down the street died of AIDS. Another of hepatitis. A third one of overdose. All of them with “good looks”. Almost everybody in that venue could relate to that story.

Except maybe for the really young ones. “Thoughts” was released 21 years ago, and Rui wanted to know if there was anyone just as old or younger than that in the room. A girl raised her hand slowly and Rui told her not to be shy, because everyone else in that room was thinking “I’m jealous”. And then, to those others, he said they should be rejoicing the fact that she was there instead of with all those depressed kids who listen to One Direction. Now this one made me laugh hard.

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Another “urban legend” regarding metalheads was that they couldn’t speak, just grunt, and none of them would go past the 4th grade. Rui mentioned how in 1985 Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider proved them wrong in a Senate hearing defending heavy metal eloquently against the PMRC. The ticket for that night’s show was the buying receipt of the band’s ‘best of’ album, so everybody knew that this story was the introduction to Twisted Sister’s cover “We’re Not Gonna Take It”, that R.A.M.P. recorded for that album. “Fuck You” – a song with a “very deep and philosophical message”… – followed suit and the band left the stage for a while. And “For A While” was precisely the first song of the encore, where all members (except drummer Paulinho, of course) came forward and sat on the edge of the stage to play that ballad. Also most of the audience sat on the floor, creating a pretty magical moment.

The Bangles“Walk Like An Egyptian” sped up the rhythm again and the show ended with a very suitable song for the current hard times we’re all going through, one way or another: “Try Again”.

25 years have passed. May another 25 pass with the same passion and devotion. After all, Rui said that one of the first shows he’d ever attended (AC/DC) had a singer older than his dad, so I guess I’m not asking too much. (5/5)

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Text & photos by Renata “Pieni” Lino