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Orange Goblin are an English heavy metal band from London. Formed in 1995, the band's lineup currently consists of singer Ben Ward, guitarist Joe Hoare, drummer Chris Turner, and bassist Harry Armstrong.


Orange Goblin was originally formed in 1995 under the name Our Haunted Kingdom, with original bassist Martyn Millard and fifth member Pete O'Malley on rhythm guitar. The band released a split 7-inch single, Electric Wizard/Our Haunted Kingdom, with Electric Wizard in 1996 on Rise Above Records before changing their name to Orange Goblin. The first three studio albums under the name Orange Goblin—Frequencies from Planet Ten , Time Travelling Blues and The Big Black —were in the stoner metal and doom metal genres, and have also been described as space rock. However, starting with 2002's Coup de Grace, they began to add punk rock, hard rock, and other influences to their sound. The album Thieving from the House of God was released in 2004 and featured a cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid".


Their first five releases were issued by Rise Above Records. O'Malley left the band in 2004 to pursue a career as an artist and was not replaced. Their 2007 album Healing Through Fire was released on Mayan/Sanctuary Records. In 2008, the band announced that they had signed with Candlelight Records. Two new songs were revealed in May 2009, though the associated album was delayed until 2012.


In mid-2010, the band's back catalog was reissued on Rise Above Records in digipak form. Their long-delayed seventh album A Eulogy for the Damned was released in February 2012. The album earned the band critical acclaim. The band then embarked on a world tour in 2013, playing 161 shows across 28 countries.


In March 2013, Orange Goblin released A Eulogy for the Fans: Orange Goblin Live 2012. The CD/DVD package included the band's complete performances at Bloodstock Festival on 11 August 2012 and Hellfest in France on 15 June 2012. In October 2014, the band released the studio album Back from the Abyss through Candlelight Records.


In December 2015, the band undertook a 13-date 20th anniversary tour of the United Kingdom. In December 2016, singer Ben Ward received national media coverage in the UK for setting up a JustGiving campaign aiming to raise money for the staff of music publisher TeamRock who were laid off when the company went into administration. As part of the fundraising effort, Orange Goblin played a gig at the Black Heart in Camden, London on 5 January 2017 with all proceeds going to the campaign.


This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Orange Goblin", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

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