10 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album since 2010's self-titled LP, Hollywood hard rockers Fireball Ministry take us on a supercharged riff ride into the heart of the sun. The cool melodic stomp of “End of Our Truth” gives way to the twin guitar harmonies and lead cowbell of “Back on Earth," which eventually sets the stage for the doomy, Sabbath-esque overtones of “Dying to Win” and interstellar instrumental “Stop Talking.” The album closes with a jangly, stripped-down cover of Motörhead’s “I Don’t Believe a Word.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their first album since 2010's self-titled LP, Hollywood hard rockers Fireball Ministry take us on a supercharged riff ride into the heart of the sun. The cool melodic stomp of “End of Our Truth” gives way to the twin guitar harmonies and lead cowbell of “Back on Earth," which eventually sets the stage for the doomy, Sabbath-esque overtones of “Dying to Win” and interstellar instrumental “Stop Talking.” The album closes with a jangly, stripped-down cover of Motörhead’s “I Don’t Believe a Word.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
kcfenderbender1 ,

Their best whole album

Love this album! They have a few better songs scattered throughout their various albums but, this is consistently great from start to finish. I do wish they'd put lyrics to Stop Talking (I get the pun) but, it had huge potential but, feels incomplete in my opinion. Emily has a stronger presence vocally and that works well.

Bulldawg_747 ,

Fantastic!

Long live Rock and Roll! Brilliant album!

Desert Music ,

Fireball Ministry 'Remember the Story'

I first witnessed the ‘First Church of Rock n Roll,’ aka Fireball Ministry, in 2004 at the House of Blues in Anaheim, opening a show for Anthrax and DIO. The Reverend Jim preached to me the word of rock and that grungy, gloomy fuzz sound has stuck with me since. Fireball Ministry will be performing at Cal Jam 17 on Saturday, October 7th at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA with the Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, The Kills, Royal Blood, Bob Mould, Babes in Toyland, The Obsessed and more. I recently attended a very casual 30th wedding anniversary celebration for Fireball Ministry bassist Scott Reeder and his awe-inspiring wife Renee at The Station Tap House Bar and Grill in Banning, California. There may or may not have been a Fireball Ministry performance, I cannot confirm or deny. Either way it was awesome! I got my hands on the new album, Remember the Story, the band’s first album in almost seven years, and it is ambitious. It covers an extensive space and feels more temperamental than the usual Rota themes. According to the band, the album’s theme is about death and renewal; a second chance at life if you will.

Fireball Ministry is James A. Rota II on vocals and guitar, Emily J. Burton on guitar and backing vocals, Reeder on bass and John Oreshnick on drums. Below is my track by track album review.

“End of Our Truth”
From the get-go you hear it coming. The song has a slower tempo and a great intro to Scott as bassist. It has a wonderful groove. At the 3:50 mark it picks up tempo and shows their diversity as a band. I can feel the fuzz.

“Everything You Wanted”
Another slower tempo tune. The bending of notes is spectacular with more groove.

“Back on Earth”
Cowbell! More cowbell! Guitars! Bass! It’s all here. They released a lyric video for this song. Cool graphics of space and spaceships. Love the bass line in this song.

“The Answer”
This is my favorite song on the album. It is the first video single. It features a bass breakdown by Scott. The video was directed by Brandon Trost. Trost most recently worked with Rota on the latest two Foo Fighters videos as Director of Photography and he has a visionary way of telling stories set to music.

“Dying to Win”
This a straight-ahead, no-nonsense, drum heavy, mid-tempo groove of a song.

“Stop Talking”
Stop talking is right. No lyrics needed here. Black Sabbath-influenced and Kyuss-esque in my opinion. More fuzz please. I sense Reeder’s heavy thrust and impression on this song. Mid-way it picks up to a marching pace that is spot-on.

“Weavers Dawn”
Anthemic. Oreshnick bashing the crash cymbal kind of song. Love it.

“Remember the Story”
The title track is slow and rocking.

“All for Naught”
More doom and groove. “And if I close my eyes-Can’t leave it all behind-Shut the door”

“I Don’t Believe a Word”
This song is a Motörhead cover recorded as a ballad and pays great homage to Lemmy Kilmister. What a great way to end the album thematically and orbit its theme once more. Make sure to watch the trippy lyric video they produced.

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