A Eulogy for the Damned
U.K. stoner/doom group Orange Goblin has been around for over 15 years, but in the last few of those the band’s fate has seemed uncertain. It’s had a member exit and the group’s pushed its most recent album back more than hardcore fans appreciated. Now, however, Orange Goblin is ready to release its album with the generically doom-y title A Eulogy for the Damned. It kicks off with the previously released single “Red Tide Rising,” a Wolfmother-esque, straight-ahead jam. From there, though the album does not diverge too far from the band’s longstanding formula; “A Eulogy for the Damned” is less direct. Orange Goblin’s latest is unique in that it finds a way to tie classic rock, psychedelic rock and heavy metal into one mostly coherent sound. The solo on “Stand for Something” feels like a lost relic from Blue Oyster Cult; the guitar and bass follow the same melodic line on quite a few songs, racing heavily like Sabbath—hell, even the title track starts out like something dug out of Syd Barrett’s wastebasket. What you hear is what you get. You also get doom.