Special Features: 180 gram white vinyl. Includes download card for the album and the video "Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker".
- Hard Lines
- Fallen Believers
- Thought It Out
- Followed By a Fall
- Kick Back
- Butcher, Faker, Policy Maker
- End of Story
- Common Enemy
- Sleeping with Angels
- In Their Own Right
Release Date: March 16, 2010
Label: Restricted Release
Ever have one of those parties in which you're out of orange juice, but still have plenty of vodka — and plenty of people still looking to get their buzz on — and wind up making strange, screwdriver-ish drinks with everything from lemon-lime soda to grape and apple juice? Ever have one of those drinks work surprisingly well?
That's kind of the feeling you'll get when you listen to Fireball Ministry's self-titled fourth album. Their mix of mid-'70s Sabbath sludge and boogie-down party rock a la Grand Funk Railroad shouldn't work as well as it does. But, like that lime-grape screwdriver, it's oh-so-much better than the description would lead you to believe.
You can especially hear the Sabbath sound in the slow stomp of "Followed By A Fall," in which singer/guitarist Rev. James A. Rota II's upper range vocals are quite reminiscent of Ozzy Osbourne, especially in the chorus that follows the brief guitar solo. More interesting, though, is "Kick Back," which combines a groovy boogie-rock riff with guitar fills that are vintage Iommi, circa "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath." It's to the credit of Rota and fellow guitarist Emily J. Burton that they're able to make that combination work.
The band's party vibe — in which shaking your ass is every bit as important as banging your head — is aided greatly by the expert rhythm section of John G. Oreshnick on drums and Johnny Chow on bass. Tracks like the excellent opener "Hard Lines" and the Priest-meets-AC/DC stomper "End Of Story" benefit immeasurably from their superb sense of swing.
Toward the end, there's a little bit of a slump, with two slower tracks ("Common Enemy" and "Sleeping With Angels") in a row, but the band comes roaring back with the speedier "In Their Own Right," which ends the disc in splendid style. - EdgeoftheWorld