It's been four years since Orange Goblin's Back From The Abyss album, but now the band has truly returned from the abyss once more with a new record in hand. Orange Goblin will release their new album The Wolf Bites Back in June, which was recorded at Orgone Studios and produced by Jaime Gomez Arellano (Ghost, Grave Pleasures, Paradise Lost, Cathedral).
Here's what vocalist Ben Ward had to say about the effort, who also reveals that the album will have some additional guitar work from Phil Campbell of Motorhead.
"We are very excited about this new album. The Wolf Bites Back is our strongest and most diverse collection of songs to date, it’s certainly a lot darker both musically and lyrically. It is still definitely a distinct Orange Goblin album but we have incorporated a lot more variation on this record and there are hints of Can, Captain Beyond, Wishbone Ash and The Stooges nestling amongst the obvious Sabbath and Motorhead influences. Lyrically I have explored everything from alien serial killers to zombie biker gangs, Buddhist warriors through to descendants of the Salem witches!
"There was definitely a concerted effort to make sure all the songs could work in a live environment which gives the album a more raw, stripped back feel – something that I feel has been lacking from good rock and metal in recent years. Working with Jaime Gomez Arellano was really productive and a great experience, especially going back to tracking stuff to tape. I feel that he got the best out of all of us as musicians and songwriters and that really comes across in the songs, there is an air of confidence and experience. It was also a real honour for us to have Phil Campbell of Motorhead lending his hand to a couple of solos on there too!"
Some song titles confirmed are "Son of Salem," "Ghost of The Primitives," "Burn The Ships," "Zeitgeist," and "Suicide Division." Orange Goblin will release the artwork, new music, and an official release date soon.