Orange Goblin, Gentlemans Pistols, and Goat Monsoon @ Colchester Arts Centre (UK) – 9th December 2015

Here's to another 20 years of Orange Goblin!

Before the gig I had the chance to interview the headline attraction, the mighty Orange Goblin. Prior to our chat, I was kindly offered a drink by the band. When I told them it was something that didn’t happen often, frontman Ben Ward replied “We’ve got so much of it we don’t know what to do with it“. I had been told beforehand that the band were lovely blokes who loved a drink and this confirmed it. Now onto the show.

Orange Goblin 20th Anniversary tour UK

Opening the show were local lads Goat Monsoonwho had a line-up change since I last saw them. New drummer Lewis was added to the fold with Lammy now in full frontman mode with the swagger of a cowboy from a John Wayne film. They played tracks such as ‘Alpha Kings’ and ‘Lord of the Hive’ from their Blue EP alongside promising new material. Engaging, witty with a truck-load-full of awesome riffs, Goat Monsoon were a wonderful opener and one that deserved the big cheer they got.

Up next were the main support, Gentlemans Pistols featuring Bill Steer of Carcass fame on guitar. The Pistols are so much more than a Bill Steer side project, they are a machine churning out riff after riff. Playing material from their latest opus Hutler’s Row alongside other choice cuts from their discography, the band’s experience showed. It’s a shame the crowd weren’t as receptive to the band’s music as they could have been. ‘The Searcher’, ‘Devil’s Advocate On Call’, and ‘Some Girls Don’t Know What’s Good For Them’, sounded excellent in the hallowed ground of the Arts Centre. It was safe to say that they earned a few fans though, just maybe not as many as they were hoping for.

As AC/DC’s ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top If You Want To Rock and Roll’ blasted out of the sound system while the band came on stage, it was time for the show. “It’s the return of Colchester’s finest, Griz is home ladies and gentleman” said Man Mountain and singer Ben Ward, pointing at the band’s merchandise manager. After a few songs, it was clear Ben was not happy, “I know it’s a weekday Colchester. But I want to see less of this” said Ben crossing his arms “and more of this” as he thrust his arms in the air. But as soon as ‘The Devil’s Whip’ from Back From The Abyss kicked in, the crowd started to get more excited. From then on the anthems came thick and fast, ‘Made of Rats’, ‘Some You Win, Some You Lose’, and ‘They Come Back’, got a welcome airing. Fan favourites from Time Travelling Blues including ‘Shine’, ‘Blue Snow’ and the anthem of ‘Time Traveling Blues’ sent the crowd into a frenzy. But then it was the encore, ‘Scorpionica’, ‘Quincy The Pigboy’, and ‘Red Tide Rising’, sent the venue into supernova. There were mosh pits and people jumping on each other. It was top notch organised chaos. Here’s to another 20 years of Orange Goblin!

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About Jack (874 Articles)
I am a recent graduate from the University of Essex in Colchester where by the luck of Odin I met the editor, Dom. I first got into metal when I was 13 and now I am 22 and own an uncountable amount of band T-shirts. I also regularly attend gigs (local and in neighbouring areas) as well as festivals. My musical taste is varied; I like nu metal (my first love), thrash, black, death, doom, folk, sludge (my favourite genre), symphonic and many more of the multiple genres that metal has to offer, I even like some metalcore (I know it's a dirty word within some metal circles but some of it is outstanding). One of my most memorable metal moments was meeting Grand Magus at the Bloodstock signing tent and having the whole tent to myself, spending a few minutes talking to them.

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