Big Ball: Hotter Than Hell (2010 Reissue)

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Big Ball: Hotter Than Hell
Hard Rock
AFM Records
June 15th, 2010
Release length: 47:46
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Hotter Than Hell marks the debut full-length effort by the AC/DC worship Hard Rock act Big Ball, who obviously took the name by the AC/DC song “Big Balls”. Now, when you hear AC/DC worship, it’s not that the band takes a great influence and tries to sound like that specific band. Big Ball takes it to a whole other level of worship by trying to write everything exactly as their idols do and have done, with one exception: A good chunk of what makes AC/DC such a good band is not really present on Hotter Than Hell.

The best way to describe this release would be to say that this is a tribute cover band that decided to write some original tracks that stay close to the original musical formula, if not, at times, seem to attempt to rip that act off. However, Hotter Than Hell isn’t an absolute thrill ride, and actually starts off very rocky with the starting tracks “Double Demon” and “Porna Lisa” where obscenities flies and the lyrics feel crude and rather immature compared to their idols. While these songs scream “rough terrain ahead”, after this point there are some good tracks that would make their idols happy, such as “Big Ball Crew”, a more anthem-based track with lyrics that are a little more constructive. The same can be said for the title track, “Hotter Than Hell”.

Musically, the album is pretty good. Many of the songs really do come off as good Hard Rock tracks inspired by AC/DC, as well as heavy anthems. Where needed on some songs, the band even incorporates some gang vocals, but it’s just the typical one guy singing the words over the main vocalist’s rhaspy, higher vocal style. So, clearly there’s no originality at all, outside the repetitive usage of the word “fuck” which appears constantly on this album, and really just sounds ridiculous. Tack on that the music is good, but sounds a little less energetic then anything AC/DC has in their catalogue. The only track on here that really seems to have a good deal of energy behind it is the song “Wrecking Ball”, which is also one of the better tracks on here thanks it being a track that doesn’t sound absolutely sleezy or like the lyrics were composed by a child. There are others on here that do show some promise, such as “Groove Monster Machine”, as well as “Shooter” and “Riding With the Devil”. Tack on the fact that just about every song on here sounds a lot like the last, as well as has the same structure, leaves this album as a boring misrepresentation of one of the greatest Hard Rock acts of all time.

So, with a much less imaginative approach to the album lyrically, as well as sometimes in the vocabulary as well, and the fact the the music is essentially the same every track, Hotter Than Hell by Big Ball is an album that boasts a few all around good tracks that are best left to act as singles and dispersed randomly throughout any media playlist you may have to truly enjoy them. When it comes to idol worship, this is about where you need to draw the line, and the album really wouldn’t have been so bad had the band put more of an energetic effort into creating something that doesn’t sound like the same thing over and over on the album, let alone what we hear on the radio every day. If you haven’t heard of Big Balls (the band) before, then now is not the time to start worrying, as there is honestly nothing new or even remotely impressive being offered on this release.

01. Double Demon – 4:17
02. Porna Lisa – 3:44
03. Big Ball Crew – 3:51
04. Killdozer – 3:21
05. Free Fire Zone – 3:48
06. Hell Whores & High Heels – 3:07
07. Hotter Than Hell – 3:50
08. Shooter – 3:14
09. Plugged In – 3:16
10. Wrecking Ball – 3:26
11. Groove Monster Machine – 3:23
12. Rock N Roll Stomper – 4:48
13. Riding With the Devil – 3:42
Overall Score: 1.5/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by AFM Records via Earsplit PR.