The Wolf Bites Back

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The Wolf Bites Back
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Studio album by
Released15 June 2018 (2018-06-15)
StudioOrgone Studios
GenreHeavy metal, doom metal, groove metal, blues rock
ProducerJaime "Gomez" Arellano
Orange Goblin chronology
Back from the Abyss
The Wolf Bites Back

The Wolf Bites Back is the ninth studio album by heavy metal band Orange Goblin. It was released on 15 June 2018 by Candlelight Records.[1] The album was produced by Jaime "Gomez" Arellano, who is best known for producing recent albums by Ghost and Paradise Lost,[2] and was recorded at Orgone Studios in Bedfordshire, England.[3] Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell makes a guest appearance.[4]

The album was preceded by the single "Sons of Salem".[5] Singer Ben Ward explained that the album was constructed with live concerts in mind: "There was definitely a concerted effort to make sure all the songs could work in a live environment which gives the album a more raw, stripped-back feel — something that I feel has been lacking from good rock and metal in recent years."[6] The album includes experimentation with doom metal, groove metal, and blues rock.[7] One reviewer said of the album: "The best thing about [the album] though, is that for all its differences, it still sounds like Orange Goblin, still sounds like the band they always were, and the progression is entirely natural."[8]

Track listing[edit]

1."Sons of Salem"2:56
2."The Wolf Bites Back"4:29
4."Swords of Fire"4:33
5."Ghosts of the Primitives"5:23
6."In Bocca Al Lupo"2:19
7."Suicide Division"2:01
8."The Stranger"5:38
9."Burn the Ships"4:41
Total length:40:30


  • Ben Ward – vocals
  • Joe Hoare – guitar
  • Chris Turner – drums
  • Martyn Millard – bass


Chart (2018) Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[9] 157
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[10] 198


  1. ^ Munro, Scott (1 June 2018). "Orange Goblin Unleash The Wolf Bites Back". Classic Rock. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  2. ^ Ainger, Neil (6 June 2018). "Review: Orange Goblin - The Wolf Bites back". Echoes and Dust. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Orange Goblin: 'The Wolf Bites Back' Album Artwork Unveiled; 'Sons Of Salem' Song Available". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Orange Goblin to Release 'The Wolf Bites Back' Album in June". 28 February 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  5. ^ Kielty, Martin. "Hear 'Sons of Salem' From Orange Goblin's Newly Announced 'The Wolf Bites Back' Album". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. ^ Ken Wohlrob; Richard Maw (3 June 2018). "Track by Track Album Review: Orange Goblin, "The Wolf Bites Back"". The Sludgelord. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  7. ^ Walsh, Dom (7 June 2018). "Orange Goblin: The Wolf Bites Back – Album Review". Louder than War. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. ^ Thorley, Andy (4 June 2018). "REVIEW: Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back (2018)". Maximum Volume Music. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  9. ^ " – Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  10. ^ " – Orange Goblin – The Wolf Bites Back" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 June 2018.