Posts Tagged ‘Getting High on the Bad Times’

coup de graceI am one of those guys who always loves to discover new music (music that is new to me, not necessarily you) that catches my attention. While listening to Corrosion of Conformity on Spotify, one of the suggested bands to listen to was an English Stoner Metal band by the name of Orange Goblin. Now with a name like that, I just had to check them out for myself and I was blown away by what I heard from the group because I love stoner metal/rock like Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, and so many more. Now the real question was what album was I going to chose from the band and the one I chose to cover was based on the album cover itself because it reminded me of the cover art for the film Creepshow. Now the album I am referring to is the bands fourth studio album Coup De Grace which was released on June 25, 2002 via Rise Above Records. The album featured Ben Ward (Vocals), Pete O’Malley (Guitar), Joe Hoare (Guitar), Martyn Millard (Bass), and Chris Turner (Drums) with some very cool special guests. As far as I know, the band didn’t have an album on the charts until 2014.

Orange_Goblin-Coup_De_Grace-Trasera1.Your World Will Hate This– The track starts off with a little bit of a punk influence to it as it’s fast paced in a track that is about when you get big the wrong kind of people start to show up. 4/5

2. Monkey Panic– A cool drum beat starts off the track before the band joins in for some fun in a track that is all about avoiding addiction. The track features backing vocals by Tom Davies of Nebula. 4/5

3. Rage Of Angels– A heavy bluesy rock track that is a sort of call and response with the singer (he sings there’s no guitar and when he’s done the guitar comes in). The track has a cool sludge part towards the back end with some cool Sabbath like playing. 5/5

4. Made Of Rats– A cool stoner track that features John Garcia of Kyuss on lead vocals in a track that is about being down on your luck. 4.5/5

5. Whiskey Leach– A cool mid tempo track that seems to be talking about how alcohol can take over and make you do things you normally wouldn’t. 4/5

6. Getting High on the Bad Times– I love the opening bass riff cause it just reminds me os stoner metal, but this is cool track with a nice bluesy feel to it. I do love how the band can just stop then pick up with a cool riff with a swagger to it right after. I think the title is pretty self explanatory. 4.5/5

Orange_Goblin-Coup_De_Grace_(2011)-CD7. Graviton– an instrumental track that just takes you on a musical journey that is absolutely awesome from beginning to end. 5/5

8. Red Web-a very intense track right from the starts with an intro of a man saying that the dead are coming back to life. Safe to say this is about zombies. 4.5/5

9. Born With Big Hands– At first I could have sworn that he’s singing about thee X-Men’s Wolverine with lyrics like “There’s adamantium in those bones. He’s got a jaw that’s made of stone. With his barbarian beliefs, It’s no surprise that he can’t be beat.” You judge it for yourself. 4/5

10. Jesus Beater– This is the other track on the album that features lead vocals by John Garcia that has some swagger to it with the bluesy guitar riff in a track that is about a guy who is happy to be in hell cause he can do whatever he wants. 4.5/5

11. We Bite– The band’s super cool cover of The Misfits track. 5/5

12. Stinkin’ o’ Gin-The intro is about as bluesy as you can get which shows this band has some chops behind them and you can guess what this track is about. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– The band gives you the best of all world from having that blues influence to match with their stoner metal sound and on occasion you get some punk thrown in there too. After listening to this record, I’m definitely interested in the rest of their catalog. I am going to give the album 4.45 stars out of five for a final grade.

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