Orange Goblin know how to party, and they prove it 12 times on the live album, A Eulogy for the Fans … Orange Goblin Live 2012.
Recorded during last year’s installments of Bloodstock Open Air Festival in England and Hellfest in France, this marks the first live release for the British metalers and it showcases the full-throttle stoner, doom, and sludge metal that they have doled out for the last 18 years. At the center of the maelstrom is frontman Ben Ward who stokes the crowd into frenzy like a revved-up ringmaster, vamping them from the stage with banter that clearly reflects his excitement. The thick-grooved Zeppelin-esque riffing of “Time Traveling Blues” and the hyper-active pummeling of “Acid Trial” are two of the many highlights found on this release.
Capturing the energy of a live performance has long been the challenge of albums like A Eulogy for the Fans … Orange Goblin Live 2012. Simply put, the listening experience is never as good as being there. That said, Orange Goblin have succeeded where many other bands have failed. They have effectively corralled the energy of these performances on this release, a feat not unlike capturing lightening in a bottle. It is impressive, to say the least.
A Eulogy for the Fans … Orange Goblin Live 2012 is out now on Candlelight Records.
Rating: 4/5 Stars