Articles by Chris Ball
A grin inducing celebration of our youth, for those of us old enough to have grown too fat for our Mudhoney ‘Super Fuzz Big Muff’ t-shirts.
Savage Times is messy, surprising and yet powerfully thematic and with a captivating identity. An essential listen.
There’s nary a duff moment on ‘Dead Planet’, it improves with every listen and draws you towards itself with a terrible and impressive gravity.
No fireworks, no extended musical showboating, no curtain calls, just another damn fine sad song.
This is a wonderful, classy blend, like the best, darkest coffee, sipped kerbside at your favourite cafe.
As much a calling as a career, I doubt David Eugene Edwards will ever stop making rich and beguiling music, but Star Treatment is a fine a time as any to begin exploring it. By Chris Ball
Much taken with King Dude’s latest album ‘Sex’, our own Chris Ball was delighted to accept the chance to interview King Dude main man TJ Cowgill.
Apricity, ultimately, is gorgeous on the surface, but internally troubled and not as smart as it thinks it is. By Chris Ball
Iron Witch are not short on displaying attack or skill, but there’s a lack of real flair to elevate this into ‘must hear’ territory. – By Chris Ball
Painfully honest and admirably single minded, Luke Roberts sounds like a man with his shit together on Sunlit Cross. By Chris Ball
‘Sex’ is a diverse and entertaining set of songs sure to seduce your ears, whatever your kink. – Bu Chris Ball
This album is perfect and is, for my money, the best British hard rock debut since the Temperance Movement’s self-titled opus in 2013. By Chris Ball
Maybe you can start your journey here into the world of Rob Crow music. If your already a fan, then be assured – with ‘Necronomidonkeykongimicon’ normal service has resumed! – By Chris Ball
Earlier this year, Mos Generator released yet another storming album in ‘Abysinnia’. We asked long time fan Chris Ball to compile some questions and we sent them off to main man Tony Reed. Read about Tony making the biggest and hardest decision in the band’s history, exploding heads, Bowie, Baby Metal and much more.
This is a tremendously enjoyable and accomplished album and has several twelve gauge gigantic tunes – it has the backbone and spare ribs of one tasty hog roast! – By Chris Ball
Wouldn’t these classic metal songs be vastly improved, you’ve probably been thinking, if they were sung by a man who appears to be chewing cotton wool whilst being violently sick? – By Chris Ball
If you love hard rock then you love Mos Generator, you just may not know it yet. Tony Reed and his new band mates have produced another set of tunes to cherish, whilst furiously playing air guitar… – By Chris Ball
Make no mistake, Gojira have created a very good new album in ‘Magma’… Gojira’s time is come. I hope they enjoy the ride and don’t fuck it up. – By Chris Ball
Yes! The Corby crushers return! Raging Speedhorn have produced not just the best album of their career, but one of the metal albums of the year. – By Chris Ball
The inherent miserablism of the band means that despite all the gauzy dreaminess of the music the songs remain largely earthbound and stubbornly unlovable. By Chris Ball.
Straight-up-no-messing rock n’roll, satisfaction guaranteed delight. A MIGHTY fine début album, in fact my début album of the year, thus far. By Chris Ball