Al Jourgensen - Vocals, Keyboards and any other instrument
John Bechdel - Keyboards
Sin Quirin - Guitars, Bass
Aaron Rossi - Drums
Casey Orr - Bass , Keyboards
Welcome to another episode of a band that I have loved since the 90’s, however for whoever has NO idea who Ministry is let me entertain you for a bit.
Ministry started back in the 1980’s in Chicago as a … Well a new wave synthpop outfit. THANKFULLY Ministry changed its style to industrial Metal in the late 1980’s. Their big break hit when they created the album “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the way the Suck Eggs”. Personally one of my favorite albums out there. From there Ministry came to become known as a heavy hitter with their Industrial music. As well as very politically motivated in a lot of their music they make it well known they are not fond of certain government regimes. Speaking out from how the US is run by the Bush campaign to pretty much calling out the 1%ers. It does make for some powerful music but there are a lot of people out there that didn’t feel the same way.
Ministry has said they would have stopped making music before, but now here we are two albums after that statement and now Ministry is saying this last album will be their last one. We will see what Uncle Al does after this album! However how is this latest one?
After a few listens it is growing on me more and more. It is one of the albums you have to listen to in order to fully appreciate what it is worth. Either that or it is the beer talking but hear me out!
First off, it is 54 mins of Ministry music! There are some great songs on here that carry the album, and they have some great mixes in the song to make it hard and heavy. Once again it is politically heavy on the lyrics and the slams against the government and what they are doing, which is Ministry’s style. It wouldn’t be a Ministry album without all of it. I am also reviewing the regular album; some releases have a couple of remixes on it.
I do like what they have done with the album; it does take a few listens to in order to get into the groove of it. It is not something you can expect to have heard from the 90’s. However they do carry on what they have been doing in the last few years, there are people that feel that they aren’t doing as great, however, they seem to be keeping up with the way they like to bring out music, and it is original to a lot of other bands out there.
Over all you have your standard mixtures of what Ministry puts into their music, from the sound clips, to the heavy guitar and bass. From hearing some of their old styles you would hear in some of the remixes in the first song “Hail To His Majesty (Peasants)” to almost a techno start in “Punch in the Face” to twist it to the style we know and love from Ministry. They changed things up a bit in “Change of Luck” but it still has the twisted styles later on in the song.
This is also the last album that you will ever hear Mike Scaccia. Before he passed away this was the last piece of work he did. You can hear what he contributed to it, and honestly it will be one of the best things he ever worked on before his passing! RIP Mike, thank you for helping on this album to make it really good!
There are some rough spots in it. What I found is there are a few songs that have what I call the reverb echo or stutter sound to some of the words or instrumentals. Upon the first listen I found myself really becoming bothered by it, by the fourth and fifth listen it was starting to fit with all the music. It may have been just a pet peeve of mine but it really stuck out. It seemed a bit too much at first, now it does really fit.
Granted at that there is one song that I really am not a fan of. However that brings me to my portion of the review of the best and least favorite of the album.
However I’m going to start with the Best. Which is “Perfect Storm” You can really hear them coming together and firing off a great song? From the guitars to the chorus it meshes for a powerful 4:56 seconds, and then leads into a song called “Fairly Unbalanced’ which takes some great slams against FOX (however who doesn’t slam FOX these days?)
My least favorite song is “Slide FX include Mickeys Middle Finger TV 4” There is a lot going on in this song and it seems like it is all over the place. If that is what they were going for they got it for sure. Just the way it cuts the song to an echoed reverbed sound clip a lot of the time just made me want to skip the song. For 5:15 seconds it goes on between vocals and sound clips for the first 2 mins it didn’t seem that bad but then they brought it to a new level at 2:48 and honestly they could have cut it off at the 2:48 mark and it would have been good, but they kept this going on to long for my liking.
Honestly though this is a great “Last Album” by Ministry, for them being in the studio for a short amount of time in December and bringing out this for all of us to hear I’d strongly recommend checking it out, and yes I even say give it a few listens for it to grow on you. I’d give this album of theirs a strong 8/10, it is a great work of art for Ministry, and if it is Ministry’s last album, they are going out with a bang!
For now I’m PK saying ROCK ON and we will see you next time!
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