up tonight is local 5 piece, Eyes Of The Raven.
Taking their influences from the likes of Down,
Metallica, CoC and the mighty Black Sabbath, the
product of this is pretty damn impressive. Closing
their brief set with 'Bury Your Demons' the crowd
have been well and truly warmed up.
Next we have something completely different in
the shape of 'The Earls Of Mars'. First thing
I am drawn to is the electric double bass, quite
a unique thing to see at a rock gig, and then
without any warning at all we were thrown into
some rather odd, eclectic, space sounding
music, just a real bizarre but entertaing group
to experience. One track that did stand out was
'The Mirrored Staircase', very somber but poetical.
Check them out if you can, certainly entertaining.
Main support comes from the oddly named, Admiral
Sir Cloudesley Shovell. The trio have a look and
sound of the 60's/70's era, nothing like the previous
two acts, and nothing like the headliner but still
a good sound and stage presence from the chaps,
including some rather flexible moves from both
guitarists that made my muscles ache just watching
atmosphere has been relatively calm so far this
evening in the Slade Rooms, but I have a feeling
that's about to change as Orange Goblin take the
small stage in their hands and start to rip it
up, Stoner metal style!
The first tracks into the set, inc 'The Filthy
& The Few' and 'Made Of Rats' get the crowd
in a spin, bouncing along like no tomorrow and
singing every word back at lead singer Ben Ward
as he makes the most of the stage space, and barrier
to connect with these loyal fans.
track 'Turbo Effalunt', Harry Armstrong from previous
band The Earls of Mars joins Orange Goblin onstage
to add vocals, aswell as the drummer from Admiral
Sir Cloudesley Shovell, who crawls onstage and
sits cross legged by the drum kit, to take in
some of the atmosphere.
The magnificent set continues with 'Some You Win,
Some You Lose', 'Your World Will Hate This', 'They
Come Back (Harvest Of Skulls)' and 'Quincy The
Pigboy'. The crowd are very charged towards the
end of this energetic evening, and encourage the
band back for the encore with chants of "We
want the Goblin", to which the band oblige
and take to the stage for set closers 'Blue Snow'
and 'Red Tide Rising'.
Now Orange Goblin are a full time band, Ben announces
that we should be seeing a lot more of them and
will be back round these parts next year hopefully,
I for one will deffinately be there if they do.
Brilliant band through and through.
Eyes Of The Raven 2/5
The Ears Of Mars 2/5
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell 3/5
Orange Goblin 5/5
Review By Jude Onions