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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Orange Goblin Galvanizes Bottom of the Hill

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 8:32 AM

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Orange Goblin
The Gates of Slumber
Naam
June 7, 2011
Bottom Of The Hill


Better than:

Hearing about how the God that Bono believes in isn't short o' cash, mister.

A mere thrown stone away from the Bottom of the Hill, the corner of Texas and 17th streets is just within the thousand-foot rule

for public marijuana consumption by registered weedheads. Hearing this gladsome news from my photographer was enough to initiate a long round of hashish

inhalation that put me in a prime receptive state for the opening act. Which,

happily, was about to go on to a sparse house when we took our place in front

of the stage for what looked like one more underattended weekday show for the

metal niche.

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From Brooklyn, Naam trades in churning, ultrathick blues choogle loud enough to blast whatever dull cares you came in with back out into the street. Three songs in, and I turned to see nearly a hundred fans nodding with rhythmic approval at this slow-motion detonation, with more pouring in every minute. The band stepped off to sharp applause as the venue began to fill with heshers in familiar leather 'n' boots regalia. Not quite the bratwurst party that is most metal shows, this one was closer to a livable two boys for every girl. The wait was brief for the Gates of Slumber, a doom metal act from Indianapolis composed of three burly fellows who plied the sludge shovel relentlessly. One drunken beefwit up front set up a leather-lunged squall for some song or other and mainman Karl Simon shut him down with a dry "You must be somethin' on Christmas morning, brah." The crowd liked these hardworking Hoosiers even better, sending them away with much love.

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  • Romana Machado
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The venue was now crammed to near capacity and the people settled in for a jolly liquid wait for the headliners. Before long, Orange Goblin frontman Ben Ward jumped onto the stage and bellowed that heavy metal had arrived. The audience began thrashing and bobbing from almost the second note of OG's barrage, and Ward was plainly knocked out by the oversized and lusty crowd turned out on a Tuesday for U.K. cultists who haven't played the city since 2004. These have been tough years for heavy rock, but the sheer vivacity of this audience showed that OG's kind of crunchy, sophisticated stoner metal is a long way from chamber music. They went through the cream of an uncompromisingly fierce catalog with brio, until the singer hauled up short and asked if we wanted more after declaring it was too far to walk to the dressing room. After an affirmative shout, the band cranked up again, energized even more by the throng, now beginning to thin from exhaustion.

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Ward looked blown away by our enthusiasm, vowing to return here again. "And it won't be any seven years either," he grinned.

Critic's Notebook

Random notebook dump: "This mob looks aware of U2 only as a possible traffic hazard."

Orange Goblin setlist:

The Ballad of Solomon Eagle

Vagrant Stomp
Shine
Cities of Frost
Magic Carpet
Cozmo Bozo
Hard Luck
They Come Back
Blue Snow
Aquatic Fanatic
Some You Win, Some You Lose

Time Travelling Blues
Quincy the Pigboy
Scorpionica

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