Tales of Rock – The Best Band You Never Heard – Orange Goblin

 

Orange Goblin was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom, with fifth member Pete O’Malley on rhythm guitar.[3] The band released a split 7-inch single, Electric Wizard/Our Haunted Kingdom with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before changing their name to Orange Goblin.[3] The first three studio albums under the name Orange Goblin, Frequencies from Planet Ten (1997), Time Travelling Blues (1998), and The Big Black (2000) were in the stoner metal and doom metal genres,[2], and have also been described as space rock,[4], but on 2002’s Coup de Grace they began to add punk rockhard rock, and other influences to their sound.[5] Their album Thieving from the House of God was released in 2004 and included a cover of ZZ Top‘s “Just Got Paid.”[6]

Their first five releases were issued by Rise Above Records. O’Malley left the band in 2004 to pursue a career as an artist and was not replaced.[6] Their 2007 album Healing Through Fire was released on Mayan/Sanctuary Records. In 2008 the band announced that they had signed with Candlelight Records.[7] Two new songs were revealed in May 2009, though the associated album was delayed until 2012.[8]

In mid-2010, the band’s back catalog was reissued on Rise Above Records in digipack form.[9] Their long-delayed seventh album A Eulogy for the Damned was released in February 2012.[10] The album earned the band critical acclaim,[11][12][13] including being voted No.3 in Metal Hammer magazine’s Top Albums of 2012. [14][better source needed] The same year the group was voted Best Band by the readers of Terrorizer magazine.[15][better source needed] The band then embarked on a world tour in 2013, playing 161 shows across 28 different countries.[16]

In March 2013 Orange Goblin released A Eulogy For The Fans: Orange Goblin Live 2012. The CD/DVD package included the band’s complete performances at Bloodstock Festival on 11 August 2012 and Hellfest in France on 15 June 2012.[17] In October 2014 the band released the studio album Back From The Abyss through Candlelight Records.[18]

In December 2015 the band undertook a 13-date 20th anniversary tour of the United Kingdom.[19] In December 2016 singer Ben Ward received national media coverage in the UK for setting up a JustGiving campaign aiming to raise money for the staff of music publisher TeamRock who were laid off when the company went into administration.[20][21][22][23] As part of the fundraising effort Orange Goblin played a gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London on 5 January 2017 with all proceeds going to the campaign.[24] Orange Goblin’s ninth studio album The Wolf Bites Back was released in June 2018.[25]

Band members

Current lineup

  • Ben Ward – vocals (1995–present)
  • Joe Hoare – guitar (1995–present)
  • Martyn Millard – bass guitar (1995–present)
  • Chris Turner – drums (1995–present)

Former members

  • Pete O’Malley – guitar (1995–2004)

Session musicians

  • Duncan Gibbs – keyboards on Frequencies from Planet Ten
  • Jason Graham – keyboards on Healing Through Fire

Discography

Studio albums
Live albums
  • A Eulogy For The Fans (2013)
EPs
Singles
  • “Some You Win, Some You Lose” (2004)
Compilation appearances
  • “Saruman’s Wish” on Dark Passages II (1996)
  • “Aquatic Fanatic” on Stoned Revolution – The Ultimate Trip (1998)
  • “Quincy the Pig Boy” on Rise 13 (1999)
  • “Black Shapes of Doom” on Bastards Will Pay: Tribute to Trouble (1999)
  • “No Law” on High Volume (2004)

 

 

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