Orange Goblin have revealed details of new album The Wolf Bites Back, which is set for release via Candlelight Records. You can listen to opening track “Sons of Salem” below. The follow-up to 2014’s Back from the Abyss arrives on Jun. 15.

“‘Sons of Salem' is the first track on the album and we consider it an Orange Goblin anthem,” frontman Ben Ward said in a press release. “We see this song being a staple of the live set with the singalong chorus and the awesome, catchy riff. A mean and moody intro to the album that sets the tone throughout, it's short, sweet and straight to the point. The lyrics are about the sons of the Salem witches returning from the grave to seek vengeance on the religious fools that murdered their mothers during the witch trials."

The album was recorded in rural England in collaboration with produced Jaime “Gomez” Areliano, who’s previously worked with Ghost, Paradise Lost and others. "Gomez has a very new, custom built studio in a really remote part of the English countryside so there are zero distractions and we were totally focused on the job at hand,” Ward reported. “We gave ourselves plenty of time so the vibe was relaxed and almost experimental. We were trying out new sounds and working with equipment and instruments that we may not have considered in the past.” He added of the result: “It's a huge wall of sound and Gomez has recorded and mixed it perfectly."

Roland Scriver’s artwork was described as “exactly what the band had in mind when they all agreed on the album title.” Ward said: “We wanted something dark, menacing, striking and memorable all at once and we feel that Roland has certainly delivered that. We think it has the look of an iconic cover, one that you will recognize for years to come and one that perfectly represents the music on the record. The wolf is such an amazing beast. The wolf is predatory, vicious and a merciless hunter but at the same time so determined, smart, cunning and beautiful and the portrayal of the wolf about to strike on the cover is a great representation of the way we felt when writing this album."

Orange Goblin commence a tour of Europe on Apr. 27, with dates booked until Aug. 11.

 

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