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Ministry - Rio Grande Blood
The sweet sounds of Ministry took a long time to reach my ears, but when they finally did at the first Fields of Rock festival I was stunned by the best live performance I saw that year. Now I get the honour to review the latest release from these godfathers of industrial metal.
 
For those who lost count, this is already their thirteenth release, but the first one on Al Jourgensens own label 13th Planet, which was launched this year as well. Al also released a new Revolting Cocks album and with the release of this album on the fifth of May, a sixty date tour where he has to do back to back shows is approaching. So saying that this is a busy year for Jourgensen is quite an understatement.
 
About the album then; my first impression when I gave it a spin was somewhere between getting down on my knees worshipping whatever noise there was coming from my speakers and total annihilation of everything in my room due to randomly flying limbs and a banging head. I mean, the speed and brutality really surprised me. Now I’m already starting to get pissed that there’s only one festival in Holland that has confirmed them for this year. If I don’t see them on tour with Joey Jordison (Slipknot) behind the kit I think I’ll die or kill something. Probably the latter.
 
Like 2004’s Houses Of The Molé, this album is also a highly anti-Bush, which is entangled throughout the album very nicely. They’ve modified speeches from the president which cause him to say that he has weapons of mass destruction, he is a brutal dictator and most of all, he is an asshole! Very funny, but also very true.
The album also features some guest performances as well, like Dizzy X’s Sgt. Major and Liz Constantine, and the legendary Dead Kennedy’s frontman Jello Biafra.
 
Well I could jabber on and on about this album, but to all the people that ever liked Ministry I’ll say this; THIS IS A MUST HAVE! This album is dripping with thrash metal riffs, soaked in industrial samples, and most of all, topped with that heavenly distorted raw voice of Al himself. Worship or die!
Ministry - Rio Grande Blood
90/1001Details 13th Planet Records
Released on Friday May 5th, 2006
industrial metal

Writer @DemonDust on Thursday Apr 20th, 2006

Tags: #Ministry
Tracklisting 1. Rio Grande Blood
2. Seņor Peligro
3. Gangreen
4. Fear (IsBigBusiness)
5. LiesLiesLies
6. The Great Satan
7. Yellow Cake
8. Palestina
9. Ass Clown
10. Khyber Pass
Line up Al Jourgensen – vocals
Tommy Victor – guitar (Prong, ex-Danzig)
Paul Raven – bass (Killing Joke)
Mark Baker – drums