Orange Goblin are one of the best live bands in the world, and their recorded output is just as nasty. That said, US fans are not as familiar with their incredible Healing Through Fire album. The utterly brilliant stomp of “They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls)” or the monumental tasteful guitar ugliness of memorable onslaught riffer “Cities of Frost” make this one of the very best Goblin releases, delivered with uncanny British sludge rock n roll insanity. The Goblin are just hard to top. I had to quit drinking after seeing them last time in NYC, where I bashed my head open headbanging wasted into a stage monitor. I have a scar on my forehead, but it was super worth it.
While fans await the new album, Candlelight is set to reissue the misisng piece from the band’s stateside catalog. Originally released in 2007, the Mark Daghorn produced Healing Through Fire was issued via Sanctuary Records. The album closed a 3 year recording gap for the band (previous album Thieving From The House of God released 2004 via Rise Above Records) and would be the only album the quartet would release for Sanctuary.
“Hot Knives and Open Sores” is the epitome of bitchin good stoner blues rock with feel, guts and intensity. These guys just don’t let up and this album is so amazing.
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Talking with The Aquarian Weekly’s JJ Koczan in 2011, vocalist Ben Ward noted, “it would have been nice to play for our US fans and promote Healing Through Fire, but for some reason or another, it just never materialized.” ORANGE GOBLIN would not return to America until 2011; the tour put together to promote the release of a limited 5-cd box set released by Rise Above/Metal Blade Records.
Lyrically inspired by The Great Plague and London ’s Great Fire of 1666, the band still considers it to be one of their best albums. Ward says, “this album has been very hard to find in recent times. We are glad that people can once again hear what I consider to be one of our finest albums. Songs like “The Ballad of Solomon Eagle,” They Come Back,” “Vagrant Stomp,” and many more that are regularly featured in our live set can now be heard again. As a band, we are delighted.”
Currently recording the follow-up to the mega-successful A Eulogy For The Damned, ORANGE GOBLIN are expected to return to the US to tear up clubs later this year. Working again with Jamie Dodd, bass guitar and drums have been tracked with guitars and vocals expected to be completed by May 17. The final mix is anticipated by early June . The band announced last week a full European tour with doom legend Saint Vitus. Set to begin in France on October 9, the tour will work its way through 13 countries before concluding in Germany on November 14. On the tour’s announcement Ward said, “we are extremely excited to be going on tour with our good friends and long-time heroes Saint Vitus. Vitus are one of the bands that inspired us to form ORANGE GOBLIN all those years ago and to be able to promote our new album and celebrate their 35th Anniversary at the same time just blows my mind. This tour is going to be awesome.”
The reissue of Healing Through Fire includes two live bonus tracks taken from the band’s studio performance at BBC’s famous Maida Vale studio in London (recently Baroness released a live session from there) for the Radio One Rock Show in August 2007.