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CD review MINISTRY "AmeriKKKant"

Veröffentlicht am 8. März 2018 von Markus W. in Ministry, News, Industrial, Nuclear Blast, Alternative Metal, Modern Metal, CD Review, Al Jourgensen, Uncle Al

CD review MINISTRY "AmeriKKKant"

(8/10) It's no secret that the last two Ministry longplayers didn't belong to the best things Al Jourgensen ever brought to table. "From Beer to Eternity" as well as "Relapse" sounded uninspired and bloodless. Creativity and energy were lacking; records that sounded like the desperate attempt to keep a ghost alive. Bad records and Jourgensen's unstable health conditions didn't support a positive outlook of getting a new Ministry longplayer served that can remind of the earlier days.

Now, Jourgensen is a fighter and it feels like he regained energy and passion. It looks like one of the factors of revitalisation was the blond 'blow-dry hairstyle pompadour' that moved into the White House a year ago. Finally there was a counterpart for Jourgensen which allows the iconic singer to process emotions and anger through new songs that belong to best ones since the 2004 released "House of Molé".

"AmeriKKKant" is Ministry's fourteenth studio album and it showcases the band in a much better shape than what we could expect. The first videos that have been revealed over the last weeks send already positive signals to the metal world, but it's the entire album that needs to prove the good first impression.

After having given "AmeriKKant" some spins to date confirms a revitalisation of the industrial metal legend. The new longplayer features powerful industrial tracks that express the entire anger about what happens at the moment in the US.

"I Know Words" is a first statement. Like with "N.W.O" it's this time samples of quotes of the current President of the Untied States that build the base for the opener. It's an oppressive start into the album, which is followed by "Twilight Zone". Jourgensen and Ministry continue with the same vibe, being the base for an eight minutes industrial metal smasher. 

Also "Victim of a Clown" can live-up to a high quality level and it's songs like "Wargasm" that brings back the old Ministry spirit. Furthermore it's the raging and ultra-fast "We're Tired of It" that is a pure adrenalin, packaged in a song with less than three minutes of length. 

The new album doesn't contain any bad or boring song. The change in the White House obviously was the trigger for Jourgensen to recharge Ministry, with the result of an electrifying new longplayer that I haven't expected to be that strong. Ministry is alive and far more impactful than what we saw and heard over the last decade.

 

(8/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. I Know Words
  2. Twilight Zone
  3. Victims of a Clown
  4. TV 5-4 Chan
  5. We're Tired of It
  6. Wargasm
  7. Antifa
  8. Game Over
  9. AmeriKKKant

 

Label: Nuclear Blast

Genre: Industrial Metal

Release Date EU: March 9th, 2018

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Memoirs from Al Jourgensen from MINISTRY

Veröffentlicht am 12. September 2014 von Markus W. in Ministry, Al Jourgensen, Industrial, Alternative Metal, News

Industrail metal pioneers, that's what Ministry has been. I still can remember when I heard "Psalm 69" for the first time.

In the last years Ministry had quite some ups and downs. Unfortunatelly there have been more downs than ups.

However, Jourgensen tries it now with soem written words by releaseing his memoirs. Thinking about his excessive life, the music, the band and the stories around the gut it could become something interesting to read.

Maybe something for a glass of red wine, or two, or three, or....

 

Memoirs from Al Jourgensen from MINISTRY
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CD review MINISTRY "From beer to eternity"

Veröffentlicht am 14. September 2013 von Markus W. in Ministry, CD Review, Industrial

Oh man. What to write about Ministry? A lot was written about the band and Al Jourgensen in the last months. I was personally surprised about the latest release which was the live show from Wacken 2012. That was actually pretty cool. And now the new studio album called "From beer to eternity".


The album has some light and a lot of shadow. It seems that Al lost his inspiration when George W. Bush retired. And additionally I think that his excessive lifestyle demands payback time now. There are some good songs on the album. "Perfect storm" is one example. This songs has a pounding industrial beat combined with a heavy guitar riff and some spoken word samples. But even with this song the chorus doesn't get stick in your ears. "Fairly unbalanced" is the best track on the album, since it is raw and transports the typical feeling of being pissed - which we know from Ministry. I like this song.


But there are also the other songs. The opener "Hail to his majesty" is a no-go. I had 5 minutes long the feeling that the song didn't even started yet. The same goes for "The horror". You could almost say nomen et omen. The song consists out of 3 minutes samples which are really uninspired. 


And than there are some songs inbetween. "Thanx but no thanx" is actually a cool song with a cool groove. But the song is more to chill than to bang your head. "Change of luck" stars similar to the before mentioned track, but explodes half way. For me it has a kind of Rammstein touch. The album ends with "Enjoy the quiet" another track which is not even a song. It's an embarrasing sound collage. I definitely enjoy the quite after this track.


My conlusion is that "From beer to eternity" is not very inspiring and is far away from the bands classics. Sad to see a legend in such a condition. My recommendation: Stay with the beer and forget about the eternity.


(5/10)


Tracklist:

  1. Hail to his majesty
  2. Punch in the face
  3. Permawar
  4. Perfect strom
  5. Fairly unbalanced
  6. The horror
  7. Side Fx include Mikey middle finger
  8. Lesson unlearned
  9. Thanx but no thanx
  10. Change of luck 
  11. Enjoy the quiet



Label: AFM Records
Genre: Industrial

 

CD review MINISTRY "From beer to eternity"
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CD review MINISTRY "Enjoy the quiet - Live in Wacken 2012"

Veröffentlicht am 9. August 2013 von Markus W. in Ministry, CD Review

Ministry was dead in 2008 before Al Jourgensen decided to revitalize the band 3 years later. It’s good to have Ministry back, but the band and esp. Al seems to be still very fragile due to health issues.

Now Ministry released their new live album “Enjoy the quiet - Live in Wacken 2012” which was recorded during their show in Wacken 2012 and is available now as CD or DVD/BluRay. Fortunately the band did a good show which was worth to tape.

Bandleader Al Jourgensen played the show while still having some serious problems with his stomach and the show was also one of the last ones of guitarist Mike Scaccia, who died 5 month later. Sad, but true.

But beside that – the album contains eleven songs. The band played older ones like “N.W.O.”, but also new ones like “Ghouldiggers”. But where is THE band hit “Jesus build my hotrod” or “Psalm 69”? Those is a must for me. Sad that they weren’t performed.

I haven’t seen the DVD so far, I just heard the songs so far. Of course it is always a great atmosphere to play in Wacken and I guess that this does already something positive to the recording of the show. Not for nothing many bands tape their Wacken shows. The sound of the CD is good, authentic and has a lot of power. It doesn’t seem to me that there was a lot of work done afterwards in the studio.

According to Jourgensen this DVD will be the last live video of the band ever. But I would say – let’s wait and see what happens in the coming years…

Ministry is also planning a new album called “From beer to eternity” which is planned to be released on September 6. We just can hope that it becomes better than “Relapse”.

(8/10)

  1. Ghouldiggers
  2. No W
  3. Rio Grande blood
  4. LiesLiesLies
  5. 99 percenters
  6. Life is good
  7. Waiting
  8. Replapse
  9. N.W.O.
  10. Just one fix
  11. Thieves

Label: UDR

Genre: Industrial

Line-up:

Al Jourgensen (v,g)

Mike Scaccia (g)

Sin Quirin (g)

John Bechdel (key)

Casey Orr (b)

Aaron Rossi (d)

CD review MINISTRY "Enjoy the quiet - Live in Wacken 2012"
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