Finally, Nuclear Blast realizes that there is more to music than just Black Metal and Power Metal. FIREBALL MINISTRY is the first real 70's inspired Hard Rock band signed to the German label. The Reverend James Rota is your speaker for the night and the sermon revels in nothing but having a good time and partying with no hidden agenda.
"The King" has lots of catchy riffs and a dirty sound which keeps the beat grooving and Rota's vocals come off as a young Ozzy. "Master Of None" contains plenty of sludge, but keep the amps powered to eleven. Not that this should make a difference, but there are two girls in the band in the same manner as NASHVILLE PUSSY. Janis handles bass and Emily handles the guitar and they both jam like one of the boys. When women can play an instrument and be in a Metal band or Hard Rock band that makes it just that much cooler. These girls can rock the house and we need more women like this.
Things get a little SABBATH sounding on "Daughter Of The Damned". There are a lot of people who want to sound like Ozzy or try too hard and fail, but James seems to do it so effortlessly and I am sure it's not intentional. If you heard this CD playing not knowing who this was, you would think that this was either a lost recording or demos of new SABBATH songs. The result is so uncanny. I hate the term Stoner Rock because this is not at all. There is more speed and power than your typical Stoner band.
This band gives it all to you: a little speed, power, groove, cowbells and sludge wrapped up with a dirty sound for that 70's authenticity. The band shows lots of promise and can rank among the likes of FU MANCHU and the defunct KYUSS. We need some new Rock heroes as our older ones diminish into the darkness. These guys can do it! (Online December 20, 2003)