Articles 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
Not just a nod to the future, but a sterling advertisement for the bands recent past, I think Hey Colossus can consider their dark works to be done. – By Chris Ball
New York City ‘pop cock rock’ sensation Mother Feather are about to release their début album on Metal Blade Records. Front woman Ann Courtney kindly agreed to talk to Chris Ball, despite him comparing her to Shania Twain.
The very best way to hear Mother Feather would be to hear them, unannounced, on the radio, for if you have a single pop-loving bone in your body you will fall for their irresistible tunes. – By Chris Ball
Filthy, psychobilly-tinged garage rock from Stockton On Tees. All your favourite deranged alt-rock weirdos are represented. Play spot the influence bingo or party until you puke – the choice is yours: Age and experience dependent. – By Chris Ball
This isn’t supposed to be tasteful, it’s supposed to be rock ‘n’ roll. Job done. – By Chris Ball
The record has a very drum heavy sound, which works out well for the John Bonham-aping caveman wallop of ‘Exorcist Everything’, but in general leaves you with the feeling that some passion is being held back. If Byers voice was lunging from the speakers, ripping your face off, this set of songs would get by on nutty charm alone, but as it is it’s rather Beige, Beige, Beige. By Chris Ball
What Iggy has done on Post Pop Depression is given himself the best opportunity he can to create one last successful rock album. In turning to Joshua Homme, one of the most well connected and talented guys currently working in rock, and huge fan of Iggy’s work, is surround himself with sympathetic group of collaborators who would do whatever it took to make a great Iggy Pop record. By Chris Ball
In a genre perhaps blessed with more great songwriters than any other, Willy Vlautin is still a rare and impressive talent and Richmond Fontaine have produced yet another set of memorable, deeply human songs. By Chris Ball