OR­ANGE GOBLIN

The heavy metal he­roes are look­ing to make their de­fin­i­tive state­ment

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Zom­bie biker gangs! alien se­rial killers! Some kind of wolf! We took a trip to the stu­dio to see how al­bum num­ber nine’s shap­ing up.

back from the

Abyss was the per­fect ti­tle for Or­ange Goblin’s eighth stu­dio ef­fort. Af­ter all, it was the al­bum that put the band back on the map fol­low­ing a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty at the start of the decade and saw them play some of the big­gest gigs of their ca­reer. Ham­mer catches up with their front­man and moun­tain of metal, Ben Ward, to see what we can ex­pect of record num­ber nine, and if they’re ready to plug the Sab­bath-sized gap in the heavy metal scene…

last time round you Were mak­ing the jump to be­ing a full-time band – how did that af­fect how you ap­proached things?

“Un­for­tu­nately, it never worked out – we never made enough money to pay the bills. I think a lot of peo­ple wrote us off and won­dered if that was it for us, but we wanted to make a state­ment that we’re still keen and as ex­cited as we’ve ever been – even though we’re in our 40s and should know bet­ter! That’s why we’ve called the new record The Wolf Bites Back; the ti­tle is ap­pro­pri­ate to us, and very heavy metal.”

the past four years have seen you guys play some pretty big stages – has that in­flu­enced the song Writ­ing on the new record at all?

“We’ve had a fan­tas­tic few years, re­ally. Off the back of Back From The Abyss we went around Europe with Saint Vi­tus, toured the United States with Down… we’ve done Down­load, Wacken and Res­ur­rec­tion Fest, and opened the main stage at Oz­zfest in Cal­i­for­nia – which was a real hon­our. We’ve not re­ally given thought to writ­ing new ma­te­rial in that time, but that al­ways works bet­ter for us – we work best un­der pres­sure. Of­ten the first thing you come up with is the best.”

What kind of lyri­cal themes Will you be ex­plor­ing on the new al­bum?

“It’s a bit darker than stuff I’ve writ­ten be­fore – songti­tles like Sons Of Salem, Ghost Of The Prim­i­tives, Burn The Ships, Zeit­geist and Sui­cide Di­vi­sion. It’s ex­cit­ing to have a crack at writ­ing about things that in­ter­est me, whether that be zom­bie biker gangs or alien se­rial killers. I’m not one to dab­ble with pol­i­tics; I pre­fer to use my lyrics as a kind of es­capism. That’s what all good rock’n’roll should do.” the last record had the song

the devil’s Whip, Which Was dis­tinctly motör­head in its vibe. can We ex­pect any more of that this time out? “That one is ba­si­cally Ace Of

“This is go­ing TO be

Darker than be­fore”

Spades with dif­fer­ent words, ha ha ha! This time we’ve got a song called Rene­gade, which was writ­ten al­most as a trib­ute, be­cause lemmy was a mas­sive loss, but so too were ‘Philthy’ An­i­mal Tay­lor and ‘Fast’ Ed­die Clarke. Its a homage to the clas­sic three-piece line-up; for me, they’re prob­a­bly the great­est band of all time. I was cheeky enough to ask

Phil Camp­bell to play a solo on the al­bum and he’s agreed, which will help keep that spirit go­ing.”

What do you think pro­ducer jaime gomez arel­lano has brought to the or­ange goblin sound?

“We’re re­ally good friends with Gomez and he’s got a stel­lar CV. he did the re­cent Grave Plea­sures and Par­adise lost records, he’s done Cathe­dral, Ghost… the who’s who of suc­cess sto­ries of the past five to 10 years. he’s also got all the old ana­logue tapes, so we’re record­ing it all or­gan­i­cally – as op­posed to the last record which was dig­i­tal – which has lent the drums a warm, John Bon­ham-type feel. he can pick up on a band’s strong points and em­pha­sise them… which is why I’ll prob­a­bly be right down in the mix on the vo­cals!”

The WOlf biTeS back iS Due fOR Re­leaSe in The Sum­meR via can­Dle­lighT/ Spine­faRm RecORDS

Mak­ing them­selves at home at Or­gone Stu­dios

busi­ness Metal is a se­ri­ous

Or­ange Goblin (left to right): Mar­tyn Mil­lard, Ben Ward, Joe hoare, Chris Turner

The Goblin boys are in safe hands with Jaime Gomez Arel­lano(right)

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