Articles by Chris Ball
Don’t expect it to sit cosily next to your Candlemass records. This music is strange, sometimes difficult. It’s thrills are small, the songs are little secrets, slowly revealed.
this album as it is chock full of mood lifting melodies, swinging harmonies and assured, classic “jangle pop” playing…a very cool return.
With The Devils’s Cattle Ruff Majick have made a great couple of albums. You may consider yourself lucky that it’s buy one get one free.
Some fans may miss the gospel and good times of the bands more Southern rock stylings and the ultra-polished production won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but those issues shouldn’t stop hard rockers of any persuasion appreciating a very fine classic rock album.
The New OK, is not neat and tidy, or definitive or entirely in its right mind – it’s a product of its times, but as such is just what we need. This band speaks for decent, downtrodden people everywhere and has a heart the size of Alabama.
Mr Bison…follow their own path with sincerity and passion.
I guarantee that if you hear one of the singles on the radio it will lift your spirits for four sweet minutes.
Body of Light is a proper, high quality heavy metal album the likes of which we’re told they don’t make any more.
I cannot imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to experience this album. It speaks to us in a secret language we all somehow understand.
You may be expecting a dozen rambunctious electro-punk bangers, but Flight is dominated by a melancholic, wistful air, coloured by jazzy flute and piano breaks
Omens is Desert Storm’s most consistently impressive album to date and cements their position as one of British metal’s unsung heroes.
Song For Our Daughter is a rich, fascinating album, which heralds a new phase in Marling’s musical career
With Casting the Circle, High Priestess have produced one of the best metal albums of the year so far, bar none.
Quite simply, King Buffalo continue to release music that renders the majority of the psych and stoner scene irrelevant.
So then. ‘Lucifer III’ is a bit of a mixed bag. The band are certainly willing to stretch out and explore styles outside of the classic occult rock stable and in fact when they do they often produce their best songs.
Double concept albums can often be seen as acts of hubris by bands desperate to prove how clever they are, but you get the sense from Huntsmen that this music, noisy and threatening as it is, comes from the heart and soul.
Full Virgo Moon, despite its brief running time and fairly light musical style, is a tough, grim listening experience.
I am here to tell you that front to back, Firebride is an absolute triumph of accessible, extreme metal.
Smoke Fairies really have brought the darkness and the wonders.
Clutch’s drummer, genial Jean-Paul Gaster, raps about the blues, Ramblin’ Man Fair, the genius of Neil Fallon and much more besides. . .
It may be the holidays and we may have been lulled into a beery bonhomie, but this bunch of unassuming nice guys can still pack one hell of a punch.