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Do you lot want to hear about this Goblin, or not? Ben Ward talks Orange Goblin's touring, Devilstone Festival and beginnings.

With just days until stoner rock outfit Orange Goblin pop their Lithuanian cherries at Devilstone Festival, vocalist Ben Ward insists that the band aren't feeling the weight of their eighteen years together 'If anything we are all enjoying this band more now than ever before. The day I start feeling [that] getting on stage is a chore will be the day I call it quits' With no signs of stopping, Ward claims that the band feels 'rejuvenated' with a 'loyal fan base and the opportunity to travel all over the world doing what we love.'

This all comes ahead of the bands scheduled performance at the relatively new Lithuanian festival Devilstone. A first time venture for the quartet, there are no apparent signs of nerves, in fact Ward is counting on the fans for this one 'I think crowds in Eastern Europe  are very much into metal and heavy rock so I think it'll be a great show. Fans can expect a bit of a mix of old and new. I've heard a lot of great things about Lithuania, the countryside, the people, the food and we are all looking forward to embracing the Lithuanian culture and way of life.' Ward also mentions 'It'll be nice to see the guys from Enslaved as I haven't seen them for a few years, since we got drunk together at Roadburn Festvial!'

Orange Goblin are becoming more and more popular, and an increasingly recognised symbol of English stoner rock, as well as stoner rock as  a whole, and it all began in the decade that spawned some of metal's most taboo subjects, how is it The Goblin survived and flourished? 'We just stuck to what we do, I was fairly oblivious to what was going on in the 90's as I only really listened to music from the 70's and 80's. We were fortunate to be carried along by the "first wave" of stoner rock, just after the initial success of bands like Kyuss, Monster Magnet and Fu Manchu. Over the years we have remained together, I guess it's like the phrase, If you throw enough shit at the wall, some of it is going to stick!'

It seems that 2013 has been reserved for some premium goblin manure, with some incredibly heavy touring from London based outfit 'It's been a fantastic year so far, we've already been all over the world. Our first trip to Australia to be part of the Soundwave Festival was just unreal, touring with the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax' After this The Goblin hit up the US and Canada, and has been in the midst of European tours since 'We have already done 80 shows this year and we aren't even half way through the schedule. We have another six weeks in Europe, starting with Devilstone and ending on 18th August. Then We head back to North America for a headline tour, that takes us into November and then we tour the UK as main support to Airbourne. I think after that we will all enjoy a well earned Christmas break at home with the families'

Orange Goblin are a group of lads with their feet firmly on the ground, and no amount of success seems to be taking their modesty away 'It's very flattering to be considered as heavyweights but we just get on with it. Over the course of 18 years I think anyone is likely to get better at what they do. We will strive to improve and keep writing better music and putting on good shows. If people can enjoy that then it makes it all worthwhile' 

The tireless effort and input demonstrated by Orange Goblin is truly exemplary, and the ends entirely justify the hardworking means, with a fantastic sound and renowned shows, my thoughts on Orange Goblin's career as a band couldn't be better summarised then by Ben Ward himself;

'Long may it continue.'

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