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Review: Orange Goblin - A Eulogy for the Damned
Orange Goblin
A Eulogy for the Damned

Label: Candlelight Records
Year released: 2012
Duration: 49:21
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 4, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
A Eulogy for the Damned

Rated 3.85/5 (76.92%) (13 Votes)

Orange Goblin has been around since 1995 and I've seen the name many times, especially in discussions of Doom Metal. A Eulogy for the Damned, their 7th album, is my first time hearing them and, while I like it, I don't think "Doom" adequately describes their sound. Not on this album, at least. There are certainly fuzzy, heavy guitars reminiscent of Black Sabbath. The tempos, however, are not universally slow and are even quite quick on songs like "Red Tide Rising" and "Bishop's Wolf." These songs remind me of Motorhead's dirty Rock and Metal style more than Black Sabbath. I won't mislead you, though, and have to admit there is a fair amount of material on A Eulogy for the Damned that is closer to 70s Hard Rock than any genre of Heavy Metal. Songs like "Save Me from Myself" and "Stand for Something," with their melodic harmonies and major chord compositions, would not be out of place on a Molly Hatchet or Ted Nugent album.

As I said at the outset, I like A Eulogy for the Damned as I found it entertaining and successful at what it set out to do. In fairness, I got into heavy music starting in the 70s so this kind of music is in my DNA. If you like loose, gritty Hard Rock/Heavy Metal by all means, check out A Eulogy for the Damned. If you prefer more "classic" Doom Metal, consider yourself warned.

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