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Orange Goblin - Sweat and beer induced party!
 The English kings of biker-beer/stoner-metal were on a small festival rampage-tour. In between all the festival gigs, they had time to play two club shows in the Netherlands. In Roermond (apparently only 50 people showed up there) and in the always cozy Patronaat in Haarlem.

This night turned out to be a pain in the ass, to arrive at the venue. It is already a 2 hour drive from where I live, but along the way we got stuck in serious traffic-jams due to maintenance on the roads. It is really frustrating that in such a small country, they always have maintenance on the roads on the busiest times of the day. Arrghhh!
 
This resulted, that we entirely missed the show of Bliksem, but to be frankly fair, I really didn’t mind! I’m kind of getting fed up with this band, being pushed into our throats. Big applause for their booker, doing such a good job, but it is getting pretty annoying seeing this band popping up everywhere as a support-act.
 
We entered the packed Patronaat, after Orange Goblin already had played 3 songs. Good thing about that is that we straight away got mixed up in one big party. The Goblin was already going full speed ahead and pushing the crowd to go crazy. Especially their frontman Ben Ward is something else! This is seriously THE best frontman on this planet right now. I never saw a singer being as energetic and enthusiastic as that guy. It seems a sport for him, to get the crowd as crazy as possible!
 
We stepped in after the fourth song, and by that time there was already a good party, riot vibe going on among the people, but during the set the Goblin and Ben Ward succeeded to get the venue to an absolute boiling-point! It has been a long time I witnessed, such a rowdy, beer and sweat-induced party! Beer and bottles were flying around the place, people singing along with the songs, huge pits were started and the band loved it and screamed to get even crazier!
Set list was a best-off of old and new songs. The songs of the last album Eulogy of the Damned have become instant cult-hits, just like the older monster songs like “Quincy the Pigboy”, “Scorpionica”. Highlight of the set was the new song “They Come Back”. Halfway through the song Ben Ward dedicated this song to the passed away guitar-god Jeff Hanneman. They kind of Slayer-ivied their own song in the end, which resulted in a huge pit and a big response.
 
Wet of beer and sweat and with tears in my eyes of sheer joy, I only can conclude one thing: I’m in love with Ben Ward and the Goblin! Brilliant show…



(Picture : Lindsy Bouten)
 
Details Written on Monday Jul 1st, 2013
Writer @RoyBalowski

Tags: #orange goblin
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