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Orange Goblin - "Orange Goblin" (Boxed Set)

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"Orange Goblin" track listing:

1. The Astral Project
2. Magic Carpet
3. Saruman's Wish
4. Song Of The Purple Mushroom Fish
5. Aquatic Fanatic
6. Lothlorian
7. Land Of Secret Dreams
8. Orange Goblin
9. Star Shaped Cloud
10. Saruman's Wish (Demo Version)
11. Aquatic Fanatic (Demo Version)
12. Black Shapes Of Doom

1. Blue Snow
2. Solarisphere
3. Shine
4. The Man Who Invented Time
5. Diesel (Phunt)
6. Snail Hook
7. Nuclear Guru
8. Lunarville 7, Airlock 3
9. Time Travelling Blues
10. Nuclear Guru (Man's Ruin Ver.)
11. Blue Snow (Live At The Bbc)
12. Hand Of Doom

1. Scorpionica
2. Quincy The Pigboy
3. Hot Magic, Red Planet
4. Cozmo Bozo
5. 298 Kg
6. Turbo Effalunt (Elephant)
7. King Of The Hornets
8. Youll Never Get To The Moon In That
9. Alcofuel
10. The Big Black
11. Quincy The Pigboy (Alternative Version)
12. Scorpionica (Live At The Bbc)
13. Into The Void
14. Hidden Track

1. Your World Will Hate This
2. Monkey Panic
3. Rage Of Angels
4. Made Of Rats
5. Whiskey Leech
6. Getting High On The Bad Times
7. Graviton
8. Red Web
9. Born With Big Hands
10. Jesus Beater
11. We Bite
12. Stinkin' O' Gin
13. No Law
14. No Class
15. Freelance Fiend

1. Some You Win, Some You Lose
2. One Room, One Axe, One Outcome
3. Hard Luck
4. Black Egg
5. You're Not The One (Who Can Save Rock 'N' Roll)
6. If It Ain't Broke, Break It
7. Lazy Mary
8. Round Up The Horses
9. Tosh Lines
10. Just Got Paid
11. Crown Of Locusts
12. White Night Cyanide
13. New Rose
14. Bad Blues

Reviewed by on August 18, 2011

"Orange Goblin may have been born in 1990s Britain, but sound-wise, the band crawled out of the psychedelic hellfire of the 1970s."

Orange Goblin may have been born in 1990s Britain, but sound-wise, the band crawled out of the psychedelic hellfire of the 1970s. Fans of metal as it sounded in its first decade are going to find plenty to love on this five-CD set, which covers the band's first five albums, adding some demos and live tracks to sweeten the pot.

The band earns its reputation as a stoner/doom powerhouse on the first two discs, "Frequences From Planet Ten" and "Time Travelling Blues." Stuff like the wah-wah-laced "Saruman's Wish" and the comparatively mellow "Nuclear Guru" have a great Black Sabbath feel to them, though singer/guitarist Ben Ward's vocals evoke James Hetfield more than Ozzy Osbourne. The band even takes a successful crack at two Sabbath tracks — "Hand Of Doom" in the extras for "Time Travelling Blues" and "Into The Void" in the additional tracks on "The Big Black."

Unlike a lot of doom bands, Orange Goblin isn't afraid to speed things up, even in their more psychedelic phase. Stuff like "Lunarville 7, Airlock 3" moves along at a decent clip, with Chris Turner drumming in a style that's reminiscent of a speedy Bill Ward.

Things take a bit of a downward turn on the third disc, "The Big Black," which retains the doomy sound, but adds in fuzz bass and quite thoroughly blown out guitars, resulting in a staticky sound that, on tracks like "Scorpionica" and "Alcofuel" will have you making sure you haven't blown a speaker. Still, tracks like "King Of The Hornets" and "298 Kg" have enough of a sense of groove that you'll want to keep listening.

On "Coup De Grace" and "Thieving From The House Of God," the sound quality comes back (though still in a great, lo-fi '70s kind of way), and the band switches from Black Sabbath to Motorhead mode. Now Ward's growl is full-on Lemmy and the speed on tracks like "Your World Will Hate This" and "We Bite" is cranked up to 100 mph. The band even covers the "Overkill"-era Motorhead track "No Class." The punk influence is felt most keenly on "Thieving From The House Of God," with tracks like "You're Not The One (Who Can Save Rock 'N' Roll" and the Damned cover "New Rose." If you're like me, you'll probably miss the psychedelic wah-wah guitars, but the band does throw you a bit of a bone with groove-laden tracks like "If It Ain't Broke, Break It" and the bluesy "Just Got Paid."

With sounds that range from Sabbath to Sex Pistols, Orange Goblin's five-disc boxed set is a great contemporary take on '70s sounds. Marred only by the poor production on the third disc, the set is a must for fans of metal's founding decade.

Highs: The entirety of the first two discs, though the rest aren't two far behind.

Lows: "Big Black" album's poor sound quality.

Bottom line: An excellent contemporary take on '70s sounds offering plenty of extras.

Rated 4 out of 5 skulls
4 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)