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Fireball Ministry


Small Stone

Fireball Ministry, the excellent stoner metal band that’s at the top of the stoner heap, has belted out this excellent EP heralding, I suppose, a new full-length follow-up to their awesome 1999 full-length release, Ou Est La Rock? FMEP contains three new original songs, “King,” “Choker,” and “Maidens Of Venus,” each of which is heavy, hard-rocking, Sabbath-esque metal. Then things get interesting•

As part of the main FMEP package, They’ve included covers of Alice Cooper’s “Muscle Of Love” and a surprising version of Judas Priest’s “Victim Of Changes.” The latter is pretty darn heavy to begin with, but this? Man, it’s mind-blowing. If that wasn’t enough, there’s three bonus tracks, each off a tribute album upon which Fireball Ministry was (obviously) a major contributor. There’s Blue Cheer’s “Fortunes,” a spine-chilling version of The Misfits’ “Cough/Cool,” and finally, Aerosmith’s “Movin’ Out,” off the recent Right in the Nuts tribute.

I urge all fans of true stoner metal to check out Fireball Ministry’s cosmic Web site for more info, especially on the aforementioned tribute albums.

Small Stone Records, PO Box 02007, Detroit, MI 48202; • Fireball Ministry, PMB 375, 2110 Artesia Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA 90278-3069;

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