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

Posted in CD, Metal, Rock 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

Your Demise unveil video for new song ‘Karma’

Posted in News with tags , , , on 17th January 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Taken from the band’s forthcoming new EP Cold Chillin’ , Karma – which has been made available for free download – is a feral musical uppercut, loaded with riffs, grooves and vocal venom.

The accompanying video was shot and directed by upcoming director Felix ‘Phoenix’ Dickinson, and continues the Your Demise tradition of striking visual statements that, more often than not, set the Internet ablaze; be it via their album artwork, merchandise or music videos, Your Demise are not a band to follow trends or convention, and Karma is certainly no different.

Enlisting the help of their fans, friends and Britain’s inclement January weather during Karma’s intense 48 hour production, Your Demise have once again returned with a bang: say what you will about them, this ain’t a band of half measures, and they don’t do things quietly.

The EP will be unleashed on February 7th, 2013, to coincide with the band’s UK headline dates, and marks the bands’ first official release since their departure from Visible Noise Records. For the EP‘s release, the quintet have teamed up with long time collaborators Impericon.com and Leeds based D.I.Y label Pinky Swear Records, with Impericon handling the CD edition and PSR an exclusive vinyl pressing. “Impericon and Pinky Swear are both very dedicated to music, and separate themselves from the bullshit that can hang around in the music industry,” says Stuart; “They have shown us great passion and support, and have helped us in our mission to create a really special and personal release, which will also be very cool for our fans.

To support the EP release, Your Demise will headline the UK in February 2013, and they’re enlisting the help of their friends from around the world to do so; joining YD will be new UK hopes Heights, hotly tipped Canadian hardcore band Counterparts and eclectic Japanese mob Fact.

Thu 07 Feb 2013 Brighton The Haunt
Fri 08 Feb 2013 Southampton Talking Heads
Sat 09 Feb 2013 Plymouth White Rabbit
Sun 10 Feb 2013 Exeter Cavern
Mon 11 Feb 2013 Bristol The Fleece
Wed 13 Feb 2013 Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thu 14 Feb 2013 Birmingham Academy 2
Fri 15 Feb 2013 Stoke Sugarmill
Sat 16 Feb 2013 Leeds Cockpit
Sun 17 Feb 2013 Glasgow Cathouse
Tue 19 Feb 2013 Manchester Moho Live
Wed 20 Feb 2013 Newcastle Academy 2
Thu 21 Feb 2013 Norwich Waterfront
Fri 22 Feb 2013 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Sat 23 Feb 2013 London Garage