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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best metal album you will ever hear
A friend of mine brought up on a diet of lame soul and Whitney Houston asked to hear what I was listening to one day. I placed headphones on his sensible ears and played him a song. It was called "Drug Raid At 4AM".

Ingredients: Sirens. Dogs Barking. Crashing Plates. Skipping Needles. Breakneck Thrash-Metal-on-Speed guitars. Incoherent screaming (that's the...
Published on 2 July 2007 by Mr. M. A. Reed

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great
Lard offers more from Punk guru and political frontman Jello Biafra along with Jourgensson from Ministry. The combination is ok, maybe the vocals of Biafra can go over the top, none the less the music is amazing with roaring guitars and very fast drums. Key tracks on this album are Forkboy, Drug Raid at 4am, Bozo Skeleton and Mate Spawn and Die. Another downside to the...
Published on 15 Mar 2001


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best metal album you will ever hear, 2 July 2007
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Mr. M. A. Reed (Argleton, GB) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Last Temptation (Audio CD)
A friend of mine brought up on a diet of lame soul and Whitney Houston asked to hear what I was listening to one day. I placed headphones on his sensible ears and played him a song. It was called "Drug Raid At 4AM".

Ingredients: Sirens. Dogs Barking. Crashing Plates. Skipping Needles. Breakneck Thrash-Metal-on-Speed guitars. Incoherent screaming (that's the chorus), and over this : vocals. Well. I call them vocals. They're made by vocal chords. But really, it's the sound of a rightwing, redneck, dimwit American Cop yelling into a Bullhorn:

- "What's that? An NWA Record? Where's Your Stash? Where D'Ya keep `Em? Where's Ya Drugs? Bend Over Boy, We're Gonna Search Ya! We know Ya Got `Em! Open The Drawers! Smash The Stereo! What's This Wad Of Cash? Where's Your Dealer? Who Is It? Huh? HUH!"

Four minutes of that, and he was never going to listen to ANYTHING I recommended ever again. Shame. Still. "Sorry, Wrong House!". The album was by a band called Lard who you probably haven't heard of. But you should have done. Because it shows you where everyone else got the good ideas from.

This is not Iron Maiden playing comedy pop and bleating on about "troo-metal". This is not some bunch of disaffected rich-kids with a DJ and a rapper feeling sorry for themselves because Mary Rottencrotch won't let them feel her up. This is not some bunch of gimps in clown masks screaming and keeping bootleg hooded top-salesmen in hemp for the rest of their lives.

This is the blueprint. This is the best metal album you will ever hear. This is Ministry on gonzoid amphetamine filth and urban paranoia, playing twice as fast, with twice as much as passion, and ten years ahead of their time.

"The Last Temptation Of Reid" is one of the cornerstone, seminal, landmark metal albums. It may only have sold a pittance compared to the parent bands that spawned it (The Dead Kennedys and Ministry). It may only be available from Jello Biafra's label in the States these days. It may only be by a band that have never managed to get their act together long enough to perform a tour.

It may only be the record that towers over the shadows of Nu-Metal and tells them, this is how its done.

From the opening, nailed-to-the-floor, breathless paranoia of "Forkboy" - last seen as the soundtrack to a prison riot in Natural Born Killers : and the riot pales in comparison - to the final, crushing doom of "I Am Your Clock", "The Last Temptation Of Reid" is probably best typified by its artwork : A suburban housewife being attacked by a 50 foot Monster truck. Even the art turns "Appetite For Destruction" inside out into something meaningful.

So take all your rich-kid, InMe angst and empty posturing bull, and listen to a band that not only means it, but lives it, because they have no choice, because the US Justice System tried to close them down, and because they truly do know the enemy. And it is the bland, diluted corporatisation of anger into a saleable commodity.

This is the real thing. Uncompromising. Innovative. Obscure. Furious as the anger of a righteous God - and just as compelling. Ignore at your peril - and to your detriment
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collaboration from two true pioneers, 29 Nov 2003
This review is from: Last Temptation (Audio CD)
Lard are one of the finest underground bands that you've probably never heard of, but once you find out their line-up, it won't surprise you how good they are. They comprise Al Jourgensen, Paul Barker and the legend that is Jello Biafra, or to put it another way, Ministry fronted by the brains behind Dead Kennedys. Not a bad combination bad by anyone's standards. And if you're wondering, yes, they are every bit as good as the personnel suggest they should be. As you'd expect, the music is a hybrid of Ministry's grinding Industrial-Thrash hybrid with Biafra's manic ravings and political concience at the front in place of of Jourgensen's digitally enhanced sneer, and it all works and absolute treat. Every one of the nine songs on the album is brilliant, but special mentions have to go to the self-explanatory 'Drug Raid At 4 A.M.', the maniacal cover version of 'They're Coming To Take Me Away' and 'Sylvestre Matuschka', the true story of a man who gained sexual satisfaction from blowing up trains. Any fans of either Ministry or Dead Kennedys will absolutely lap this up, along with anyone else with an interest in any form of intelligent Metal music. Phenomenal stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unhinged genius, 24 Aug 2007
This review is from: Last Temptation (Audio CD)
This album is essential if you like any of Jello Biafra's other work, and recommended for everyone else regardless. You get razor-sharp techno thrash punk metal delivered with dark cynicism and boundless venom. Themes covered will be familiar to Dead Kennedys' devotees (social alienation, corruption, state and corporate manipulation), and you should be whipped up into a self-righteous rage in no time at all. It's paranoid, it's schizophrenic, it's hare-brained, scattershot and brilliant. Love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You mean punk!, 6 Nov 2007
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This review is from: Last Temptation (Audio CD)
The previous reviews are all correct in their praise of this milestone album except that it is emphatically not metal - the artists would be most amused at this. It is a combination of Biafra's punk sensibilities (ie intelligent lyrics instead of protracted guitar solos) and Ministry's brutal industrial rock (informed by Big Black's take on hardcore). It came out in 1990 and it really set out what should have been hardcore's blueprint for that decade but, along with the more influential solo Ministry stuff, pushed more on in the metal crossover stuff. What 80s thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, etc) borrowed from 80s hardcore punk, numetal or whatever you call it, borrows from here. That's two pints for Jello Biafra for leading the way. Point is that both punk and metal fans will like this if they're open to something different: best of both worlds...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Biafra and Jorgensson do it again..., 3 Oct 2000
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Simply put, if you like Ministry or The Dead Kennedys, you're gonna love this record. From thumping tunes with excellent basslines such as "Bozo Skeleton", to the insanity of "They're Coming To Take Me Away", the whole album is a blast. Jello even manages to get his spoken word into the track "Can God Fill Teeth?", and all the time Al Jorgensson is grinding out the riffs on guitar. Roll on the next release from this side project...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally Awarded Best Album in the World, 11 May 2004
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Ok, so you'd have thought this title would've gone to the Beatles, Queen or even Metallica. Well they're all great bands but if you have the chance turn this album up as high as you can and it will blow you away.
If you liked NIN, Ministry or Dead Kennedys then the transition to this will be easy as it contains Jeff Ward (Former NIN), Jourgensen and Barker (Ministry) and the legendary Jello Biafra.
Do not drive to this album as you will speed do not work to this as you will have to down tools to take up air drums or guitars, it is seriously good but thats my opinion......aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhoooo! They're coming to take me away.
ps. Sadly the Power of Lard is the only track they came up with that could compete with this album tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing burst of Biafra, 28 Oct 2013
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I have this on vinyl from its first release but just got round to digitalising it. Great to hear these tunes again, great combo with members of Ministry. After the break up of Dead Kennedy's, Biafra did a lot of interesting projects. This in my opinion is one of his best. ( second best is with Mojo Nixon)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great, 15 Mar 2001
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Lard offers more from Punk guru and political frontman Jello Biafra along with Jourgensson from Ministry. The combination is ok, maybe the vocals of Biafra can go over the top, none the less the music is amazing with roaring guitars and very fast drums. Key tracks on this album are Forkboy, Drug Raid at 4am, Bozo Skeleton and Mate Spawn and Die. Another downside to the Lard project is that the songs can overun a bit too long, and also the last two tracks are terrible, even though they are that length for a reason. In particular I am Your Clock running at about 15 mins. I would definitely get something else from Biafra if I had the choice, I would rather look at his spoken word stuff or his Dead Kennedys albums, which are both damn entertaining.
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