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Proper stoner/doom rock - 82%

skinticket, May 20th, 2009

This is an interesting little curiosity. Compared to their other releases, the band show a more bluesy, laidback sound with 'Nuclear Guru'. It still has that recognisable Orange Goblin sound, mostly thanks to the unmistakable vocals of frontman Ben Ward. The song starts out as a slow tempo doom tribute to the legends that inspired them, and mixes in some fastpaced adrenalinshots, accompanied with some facemelting shredwork. They even make room for a little funky wah wah towards the end. All this is mixed together perfectly, without sounding weird, out of place, or repetative. In my opinion, one of their best songs.

The B-side is a cover of the classic Black Sabbath track 'Hand of Doom'. I don't think it's as good as the title track, but still a nice cover. Ward dampens his voice for this one, and pulls off a nice Ozzy imitation. The whole song is pretty similar to the original, though they manage to put their magic on it, making it a bit rougher, but it lacks their signature sound, and becomes more of an imitation than an interpretation.

All in all, this makes for an enjoyable 15 minute listen. It's definitely worth having in your collection, both for the awesome songs, and for its rarity.