Orange Goblin - "Thieving From The House Of God"
(Rise Above Records)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: March 2004

Orange Goblin create a thick, dense, brew of intense heavy-stoner-rock and roll and its been two years since the more thrashy-punky CD, Coup de Grace, and the band are now a 4 piece with only one guitar player. I really liked the bands first two CDs but have not cared for the direction of the two after, so I was quite curious to hear this one. The CD starts with the excellent "Some You Win Some You Lose" track. "One Room, One Axe, One Outcome" follows and is a very fast track after it gets going with some cool slide guitar (a bit too low in the mix!). "Hard Luck" starts off as a bluesy rocker but then really takes off into a hard hitting short rocker. "Black Egg" features a pretty cool female vocalist in this groovy rocker. "Youíre Not The One (who can save Rock and Roll)" is a real headbanger. "Lazy Mary" is another fast paced in your face track with some cool wah wah guitar. "Round Up The Horses" is a more doomy number like some of the bands older stuff. "Tosh Lines" is a super fast one minute hardcore song before the band cover the ZZ Top song, "Just Got Paid". I prefer the Govít Mule version. The CD ends with "Crown Of Locusts" which has an opening riff that reminds me of Spirit Caravan. You are pretty worn out by hearing this CD by the end. It has a very denses heavy production, but I liked this one much better than Coup de Grace!

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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