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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest live albums ever...., 2 Mar 2004
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up: (LIVE) (Audio CD)
Ministry's In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up takes in peak-Ministry on their 1989/1990 tour for The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste & takes in tracks from that album and the prior release Land of Rape & Honey (1988). Al Jourgensen & Paul Barker are joined by industrial stalwarts Nivek Ogre (Skinnt Puppy), Martin Atkins (PIL, Killing Joke) & Chris Conelly (Pigface). It's one of the great live albums, one I'd rank alongside such live-releases as Live at Leeds (The Who), Kick Out the Jams (The MC5), Metallic KO (The Stooges), Smell of Female (The Cramps), The Living End (Husker Du) & Sabotage/Animal Justice (John Cale).
The tracks here are extended and reworked into epic versions- So What is much longer than its LP-take and the six-tracks here are so intense it's probably better that the album isn't longer (though tracks like Breathe and Smothering Hope were also played- perhaps a longer definitive version could be issued?). This was released with a tie-in video & is an example of Ministry at their peak- though the commercial peak perhaps came later with Psalm 69. Jourgensen has made plenty of significant records- the Adrian Sherwood assisted Twitch (1986), which saw a blend of industrial & dub that finally banished the Howard Jones a-sounding early sound of Ministry; the double-whammy of Land...& Mind; the Pigface collaborations; Supernaut by 1000HomoDJs; the Lard-project with Jello Biafra and tracks like Beers, Steers &...and Stainless Steel Providers by Revolting Cocks. But this is perhaps the ultimate Ministry-statement- though 1999's The Dark Side of the Spoon certainly was a return to form & an example of a decent industrial record: itself a rarity...
The album bursts into life with The Missing & Deity from Land of...- this leaves stuff like Metallica in the dust and was only really matched by The Young Gods at the time. So What is epic & repetative- the ideal nihilistic anthem! It just reminds you that Ministry, along with Jim Thirwell and The Young Gods were the leaders and pioneers of the sound that Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson took to greater success.
Burning Inside & an Ogre-vocalled Thieves take the album back to burnout & to a vast, ultimate take on Stigmata (later covered by Fatima Mansions & famously used in the film Hardware)- which ends with an epic rant against the world/everything worth of Hubert Selby Jr. from Al. Sadly it's too obscene to repeat here!
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up is a brilliant live recording & a reminder of a great band; it's also far superior to the later live album Spinctour (2002)
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4.0 out of 5 stars What electronics factories sound like, 19 Dec 2006
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John Mcgruther (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up: (LIVE) (Audio CD)
I don't listen to heavy metal, but the last three tracks off this record are worth a listen. Ministry have that uncompromising, slab-of-sound tone which I dislike in other metal acts, but the standard of songwriting is so high here that I can't ignore it. If you can't get into this one, try listening to Burning Inside at maximum volume (turn it RIGHT up!) while driving along in the car. The heaviest and most real-sounding Ministry album.
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