Ben Ward (vocals), Joe Hoare (guitar), Martyn Millard (bass), Chris Turner (drums)
Longevity is everything in the world of heavy metal. As Sabbath, Priest and Maiden have demonstrated over the decades, bands that stay the course, remain true to their principles and keep delivering the bombastic goods will always earn the respect and love of their fans and peers. Following in the footsteps of those epoch-shattering giants was never going to be easy, but one band have undeniably earned the right to be regarded as British metal legends, cut from the same beer-stained cloth as the greats: poised to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2020, it can only be Orange fucking Goblin, baby!
Originally formed under the name Our Haunted Kingdom, way back in 1995, Orange Goblin entered the world of heavy music as wide-eyed enthusiasts, eager to channel the fire and fury of their heroes. Emerging amid the exhilarating melee of the mid-‘90s stoner rock and doom explosion, the Londoners immediately endeared themselves to a generation of metal fans by simply going for it at full, beer-swilling pelt.
Heavy metal heroes, DIY daredevils, masters of the riff and the UK’s greatest rock’n’roll party band, Orange Goblin have reached their 25th anniversary with reputation intact and more wind than ever billowing in their denim ‘n’ leather sails. Most importantly, the band’s shared camaraderie and mutual respect for one another seems to have grown alongside their reputation as musicians and artists.
When Orange Goblin reach the grand landmark of their 25th anniversary, the celebrations will doubtless be loud, drunk and messy. But as the band’s legions of acolytes will attest, this band have long been the living, breathing, sweating and bleeding embodiment of heavy metal’s ageless spirit and their entire career has felt like one big, riff-driven celebration. And it’s clearly a celebration that Ben, Joe, Martyn and Chris fully intend to continue long into the future. Here’s to the next 50 years, baby!
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