Healing Through Fire [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Ah, what to make of Orange Goblin -- a band that's almost always produced good, sometimes great, but rarely categorically excellent music over the course of a decade and five CDs, which saw them slowly transition away from the fading stoner/doom movement that originally inspired them before reaching something of a creative impasse on 2004's Thieving from the House of God. If anything, that album's more traditional but also less distinctive brand of heavy rock and metal was largely offset by the upside that was guitarist Joe Hoare's successful handling of all six-string duties, following the departure of co-founding guitarist Pete O'Mally. But its long awaited ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Eduardo Rivadavia
Ah, what to make of Orange Goblin -- a band that's almost always produced good, sometimes great, but rarely categorically excellent music over the course of a decade and five CDs, which saw them slowly transition away from the fading stoner/doom movement that originally inspired them before reaching something of a creative impasse on 2004's Thieving from the House of God. If anything, that album's more traditional but also less distinctive brand of heavy rock and metal was largely offset by the upside that was guitarist Joe Hoare's successful handling of all six-string duties, following the departure of co-founding guitarist Pete O'Mally. But its long awaited successor, Healing Through Fire, has no such excuse for not delivering the goods -- especially after marinating for a whole three years. Here, once again, Orange Goblin appear committed to treading the heavy metal middle ground, yet listeners may still spot a few subliminal signs of stoner rock hiding just beneath the surface of tracks like "Hot Knives and Open Sores" (featuring an inverted Trouble riff) and epic closer "Beginner's Guide to Suicide" -- not to mention vocalist Ben Ward flirting with a low-slung growl, reminiscent of Clutch's Neil Fallon on occasion. But with the possible exception of uniquely memorable opener "The Ballad of Solomon Eagle" and the also stoner-reminiscent "Cities of Frost," typical new efforts like "The Ale House Braves," "Hounds Ditch," and "They Come Back" mostly just sound belabored, stunted, even mediocre, before second-half thrash-outs manage to break them out of their dispiriting rut. OK, so the aforementioned Hoare once again deserves credit for his one-man power chord tour de force, plus surprising forays into acoustic classicism ("Mortlake (Dead Water)") and twangy swamp blues ("Beginner's Guide to Suicide" again), but in most other respects, Healing Through Fire only illustrates Orange Goblin's "always good, sometimes great, rarely excellent" dilemma. Who else wants to bet that their next album will mark a full-scale return to stoner rock? [Special editions of Healing Through Fire also boast a bonus DVD containing about 30 minutes of mostly unimpressive live performance, recorded at London's Mean Fiddler, with brief but amusing studio and interview footage interspersed among the ten tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768480025
  • Catalog Number: 84800

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Ballad of Solomon Eagle (5:18)
  2. 2 Vagrant Stomp (4:10)
  3. 3 The Ale House Braves (3:50)
  4. 4 Cities of Frost (5:35)
  5. 5 Hot Knives and Open Sores (4:22)
  6. 6 Hounds Ditch (5:30)
  7. 7 Mortlake (Dead Water) (2:11)
  8. 8 They Come Back (Harvest of Skulls) (4:44)
  9. 9 Beginners Guide to Suicide (8:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Some You Win, Some You Lose
  2. 2 Quincy the Pig Boy
  3. 3 Getting High on the Bad Times
  4. 4 The Ballad of Solomon Eagle
  5. 5 Hot Magic Red Planet
  6. 6 Round Up the Horses
  7. 7 They Come Back
  8. 8 Your World Will Hate This
  9. 9 Blue Snow
  10. 10 Scorpionica
  11. 11 Bonus Materials
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Orange Goblin Primary Artist
Ben Ward Vocals
Joe Hoare Guitar
Martyn Millard Bass
Chris Turner Drums
Jason Graham Keyboards
Technical Credits
Ben Ward Composer
Hugh Gilmour Cover Art
Joe Hoare Composer
Martyn Millard Composer
Mark Daghorn Producer, Engineer
Andy Pearce Mastering
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