Orange Goblin Biography
Orange Goblin are a heavy metal band from London, England that formed in 1995. The band’s lineup currently consists of singer Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, bassist Martyn Millard, and drummer Chris Turner.
The band was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom. They released a split 7″ with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before adopting the moniker Orange Goblin. The band’s first three albums were stoner/doom. On 2002’s Coup de Grace they began to add punk, doom metal, and other influences to their sound.
Orange Goblin’s first five releases were issued by Rise Above Records. Rhythm guitarist Pete O’Malley left the band in 2004 to pursue a career as an artist and in 2005 the band celebrated its tenth anniversary with a concert at the Underworld club in Camden also featuring Scissorfight and Blood Island Raiders.
In mid-2010 the band’s back catalog was reissued on Rise Above Records in digipack form. In mid-December 2010 Orange Goblin celebrated their fifteenth anniversary with support coming from British blues-rock band Firebird – featuring previous members of Carcass and Spiritual Beggars – and American doom-rock band Solace culminating in their annual Christmas show in London.
2014’s album: “‘Back from the Abyss’ is the sound of Orange Goblin firing on all cylinders!” roars frontman Ben Ward. From the Sabbathian, weighty-groove of ‘Sabbath Hex’, the Motörhead-styled punk snarl of ‘The Devil’s Whip’, the epic, Maiden-esque gallop of ‘Mythical Knives’, through to the apocalyptic Doom of ‘The Shadow Over Innsmouth’; this is the best of all of our individual influences pulled together. We have created the definitive Orange Goblin album.”
- HRH Doom Vs Stoner – October 01, 2016
- Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton – February 04, 2013
- Bloodstock Festival – August 11, 2012
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