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FOR FANS OF: Motör­head, Black Sab­bath, Cathe­dral

■ When opener Sons Of Salem comes out swing­ing, all wal­lop­ing riffs and B-movie hor­ror lyrics, Or­ange Goblin’s ninth al­bum es­tab­lishes it­self on com­fort­ably fa­mil­iar ground. Else­where, Rene­gade un­der­lines the Lon­don lif­ers as spir­i­tual suc­ces­sors to Motör­head, as un­der­lined by guest ap­pear­ances from Phil Campbell on the ti­tle-track and Zeit­geist. The Wolf Bites Back does, how­ever, seek to tran­scend a nar­row view of what OG are all about. Sui­cide Di­vi­sion joins the dots be­tween Venom and Dis­charge in bril­liantly hooli­gan fash­ion, while the rootsy The Stranger re­tains the band’s power in a more slow-burn­ing con­text. Zeit­geist, mean­while, com­bines mys­te­ri­ous vibes with some of the most in­stantly-ap­peal­ing melodies in Goblin’s ex­ten­sive song­book. This record in­hab­its a mu­si­cal well that takes in the ‘60s blues boom, ex­ploratory ‘70s rock and raw punk, with­out un­der­play­ing the band’s sta­tus as pur­vey­ors of heavy metal at its fist-pump­ing best. OLLY THOMAS

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