It Flies Again
In The End
Under The Thunder
Spill The Demons
Rising From The Deep
Save The Saved
James A. Rota II - guitars/vocals
Emily J. Burton - guitars/backing vocals
Johny Chow - bass
John Oreshnick - drums
"Their Rock is not our Rock"
fireball ministry for Europe/Liquor and Poker Music for the US
release date 30.01.2006
In 2005 the group entered Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 West, with Mike Terry (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ash, Halford) engineering and again with Raskulinecz producing. Additional recordings took place at the late Elliott Smith’s New Monkey Studios.
preview - review by Marco "Norman Knight" Signore____
Ministry are an American combo born and dedicated to the flame of the
old and powerful Rock’n’Roll.
the four rockers mean it. James A: Rota II and Emily J. Burton,
both guitarists, join John Chow on bass and John Oreshnick on drums to
create the good ol’ rock’n’roll sound.
am not a great fan of the “biker-type” rock, but this album is well
conceived and follows the canonical guidelines that one may expect from
this genre. This “Their Rock is not our Rock” is the fourth
full length of this band, and fulfills well enough the promises for the
fans of this kind of music.
the opener, “It Flies Again”, this album sounds hard enough
to appease most of the old hard rock’n’roll aficionados. Scratching,
deep voice, good overdriven/distorted guitars, and a driving
bass’n’drums combo without any special technical trick make the
choice of this band quite clear.
and “The Broken” also are easily
listened – please forgive my stupid idea, but
one can even imagine to be on his powerful chopper rumbling along an US
Highway, all black dressed, hair to the wind… the typical biker songs.
“In the End” the music changes
little, with a nice refrain and good vocal lines.
is instead more evocative, with an eerie intro, and slow beat with
distorted guitars that frame the voice of James A. Rota II with good
counterpoints by the voice of Emily Burton. If I had to choose a song
from this album, well, this is it.
Tears” is also an interesting song, with great driving
rhythm and a very “American” vocal line. Again, this song won’t
disappoint the fans of this band. Good ideas in the guitar riffs make
this song another of the most interesting tracks of this full length –
and my second best after “Hellspeak”. Especially nice is the refrain
with chord changes.
the Thunder” returns in the standards of the hard rock
music. Powerful drumming, short and venomous riffs of guitars, and the
good bass work create a sort of warmarch, quite good to listen even for
untrained ears like mine.
have “Spill the Demons” in the
line of “Two Tears”. This time the voice is more angry and growling
as the mid tempo of the drums rolls on with the guitars and the bass.
Good one as well.
album comes close to the end with “Rising
from the Deep”, another typical hard rock song without any
special note about it.
last track of the album is called “Save the Saved”, and
begins with a riff strongly reminiscent of Rush’s “Bastille Day”.
Driving, powerful, and quite nice to the ears, this is in my opinion the
third best song of the album – I would easily see it in a movie or
in all this album is exactly what appears: pure hard rock. All the
guitars, bass and drums are exactly where you expect them, all the vocal
lines are exactly what you imagine they will be. A perfect
soundtrack for the easy-listening evening out on your car or – why
not? Your bike!
Ministry keep their promises in carrying on the torch of the
rock’n’roll, and if you are a diehard fan of this genre, then what
are you waiting for? This is the album you must listen to!
I also suggest this album to those who don’t follow this genre,
because for metallers Fireball Ministry may represent a fresh change of
pace, strongly suggested.
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