The motorcycle equivalent of modern metal is like some stretched-out, shiny, tribal-tattooed contraption that looks like something from an Alien movie. That isn’t Orange Goblin. These Brits are an oil-covered old hardtail Panhead that growls and smokes and leaves your tailbone feeling utterly crushed by the ass-thumping a simple ride across town will deliver. It’s loud, unflinching biker metal. It’s metal for people who ride their bikes cross-country to festivals like Sturgis, not the kind for people who haul them in trailers.
Orange Goblin debuted in 1997 with thick, groove-heavy rock that had more in common with the Kyuss-influenced stoner rock of the day. A Eulogy for the Fans: Orange Goblin Live 2012, the band’s eighth record and first live collection, displays how the Goblins have migrated since 2002 when they started swapping swing for speed and aggression. Most of this set, recorded at the UK 2012 Bloodstock Festival, draws from the band’s most recent studio efforts, but does include some gems from the early years. It consists of a live CD and DVD of the Bloodstock set, as well as a live show from Hellfest 2012 in France, a documentary and a few short extras. If you lean more toward Motörhead for your metal fix, this package is essential.