Like You Are - I Once was - Like I am - You Will Never Be
Ball is a Swedish power trio choosing to take their surname as their brand. Whilst the artwork, lyrics and beliefs may not be blessed by bishops, the free-flowing heavy metal music leaves a greater impression.
Vocally, band leader Syrek Ball presents a similar gravelly resonance and rebelliousness as Lee Brilleaux, Lemmy and Steve Gibbons, and musically the hypnotic bass lines reinforce that it's not only The Stone Roses or Red Hot Chili Peppers that can make people move against their will. In fact, Ball pull their inspiration from an earlier era. Satan's Wish is just as compulsive listening as Sabbath's Paranoid but with keyboard textures and even Hendrix-like wah-guitar added to the mix.
Black Magic sustains the riff-laden pace and it's the string-bending and the beat throughout this eight track , 33 minutes-long album without any fillers, that delights with its self-assured frenetic energy. It's an album I can recommend to any rock fan - with parental advise for those under 18.
Sacred Snow with its haunting, seventies sounding lead guitar will be the single from the forthcoming album due for release in August / September 2020 and if like me, you have been spending too much during this worldwide lockdown especially online, then make sure you save enough currency to get your hands on this year's jaw-dropping rock album of a rare originality.