Saturday, October 14, 2006


This morning I needed something a lot stronger than coffee to get me going. I set out to rake leaves and cut the grass. My soundtrack for the day would be fueled by the thundering sounds of Ministry's lastest release, Rio Grande Blood. Within seconds the music grips you tightly, shakes you around and doesn't let go until the last note. It's hard to believe that these guys have been doing this locomotive style of music for over twenty-five years.
"We live in a culture that celebrates the mundane and the ordinary, as if tying one's shoes were an act of epic proportions deserving of a reward. The truth is that the world has gotten much more dangerous. As a result, art needs to follow suit. The music scene needs Ministry now more than ever." - Al Jourgensen

"If you’re not too familiar with Ministry’s musical legacy, suffice to say that they lead the burgeoning Wax Trax! pack of bands with an ultra-aggressive metal-meets-electronic assault, and they did so long before the mid-‘90s industrial boom. Before Nine Inch Nails hit it big and went from being a damned excellent and subversive act to kicking off a barrage of lame trends, Ministry was making teeth rattle." - Matthew Stern
Ministry began their career putting out electronic dance singles in the early eighties on Chicago's Wax Trax Label. The band would combine their love for British post-punk with a deafening white noise to create a highly innovative and influential sound that is still popular in mixes today. Ministry's The Land of Rape and Honey would bring mainstream to the Industrial sound. "With lethal guitars, distorted vocals and a rhythm track that seems to have been fired from an AK-47, "Stigmata," Rape's introductory cut, provided a blueprint that Trent Reznor and many others would refer to time annd time again."
"“Industrial music is a label the industry placed on Ministry. It’s the genre we’re lumped into. It wasn’t my idea. Music is music to me. There are two kinds-good and shit. Hopefully Ministry is in the good category." - Al Jourgensen

Stigmata, from The Land Of Rape And Honey
Jesus Built My Hotrod (Update Mix), from Rantology
Psalm 69 (Live), from Sphinctour
Rio Grande Blood, from Rio Grande Blood


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