Sound Choice Magazine No. 3 (Fall 1985; Ojai, CA, USA)
Here's yet another amalgam of recorded noises from yet another anonymous "industrial" coalition. Lard has done a fine job compiling the various sounds on this tape, putting some serious effort into producing logical transitions from one musical motif to the next. This type of ambient cerebral continuity is lacking in most of the antitunage floating around these days. Lard has all but abandoned the idea of using traditional instruments, instead opting to piece together noise with noise and record sound on sound. The upshot of the whole endeavor is a nice cassette containing no songs, no lyrics, proper, and best of all, no pretense whatsoever. Perhaps BALL OF LARD is best described as difficult music for difficult times.
- Mike Trouchon 8
And a second opinion: LO-HI minimal industrial sound collage with random guitar and woodwind noodlings. VERY BORING.
- Nathan Griffith
Unsound Magazine Vol. 2, No. 1 (1985; San Francisco, CA, USA)
Now here is a tape I can heartily recommend. "Ball Of Lard" [sic] have almost completely abandoned traditional intrumentation in favor of exploring the potential of the recording medium for organizing noise. There's a little of everything noise-wise and I'm not going to enlighten anybody by cataloging individual events. Suffice it to say there are no songs, no melodies, and almost no instruments. There is intelligence and there is feeling. Frankly, the only problem I have with this tape is it's not long enough! If you hate music, if you resent the seeming arbitrariness of its conventions and are frightened by perennial popularity of its most redundant cliches, then "Ball of Lard" is for you.
- Cyndi Boorstin