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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of industrial metal
After beginning their career with a sound more like synth-pop than the loud industrial metal that they are known for, ministry developed a more and more heavy sound. The band's metal influences culminated with Psalm 69, the ultimate blend of industrial stylings with thrash metal. Psalm 69 contains pounding drum machines, distorted vocals, samples and fairly repetitive...
Published on 4 Nov. 2007 by The Conman

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2.0 out of 5 stars First venture into The Ministry
My first venture into The Ministry. After reading the reviews from other owners of this CD - i though it was a must buy, all i can say is what a disappointment it is. There are a couple of tracks (NWO and Jesus built my Hotrod) that are decent but apart from this i find that the album songs are far too similar and Al Jourgensen's vocals pathetic. Too many songs on this...
Published on 27 Nov. 2003 by jiimmyred


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of industrial metal, 4 Nov. 2007
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The Conman (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
After beginning their career with a sound more like synth-pop than the loud industrial metal that they are known for, ministry developed a more and more heavy sound. The band's metal influences culminated with Psalm 69, the ultimate blend of industrial stylings with thrash metal. Psalm 69 contains pounding drum machines, distorted vocals, samples and fairly repetitive song structures with intense thrash metal riffs and the occasional guitar solo. As a result, Psalm 69 makes for a fairly abrasive and always exhilarating listen. To match the pounding music, Al Jourgensen's lyrics generally seem to be an outcry against a society in decay.
The album kicks off with N.W.O, a mid-paced, politically charged track that mocks President George Bush's leadership (he was president at the time of the album's release). It makes use of riot samples and speeches to ram home its point, and numbs the listener with its repetition and heavy power chords. A great start to the album. The listener is then brought into JUst One Fix, a faster song with a brilliant thrashy riff and heavily distorted vocals. The song makes enough changes to not be too repetitive and is perfect headbanging material. The next song, TV 2, is even faster. It cuts between blastbeat drumming with a lightning-fast riff and a capella sections of Jourgensen screaming vocals at the top of his lungs. The lyrics are about Al's experiences with drugs. It is the harshest-sounding track on here. Next up is Hero, one of my favourites. It has another great thrash riff and packs a huge amount of intensity. This time, lyrics are about blind patriotism and has such great lines as "It's not a matter of rights, it's just a matter of war!" There's also great little guitar solo in the middle. Overall, this song is a rush. The intesity doesn't let up with Jesus built My Hotrod, the most famous song on the disc. It features Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers on vocals. His trademark gibberish vocals are used to great effect over fast, churning riffs. It also has two guitar solos, one of which is played on a slide guitar. Fun and exhilarating, this song has to be heard to be believed. To contrast with that song, number six is a slow, eight minute trip through hell. It kind of sounds like a more harrowing version of When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin. Since that is an amazing song, this one is too. The sound effects add a lot this monster of a track, as do the distorted vocals and bleak chorus of "SCARE CROW!!" The title track is up next. It has atmospheric sections featuring a background choir and voice samples of christian preachers, and other sections featuring the album's best riff and very anti-religious lyrics, made more convincing by the samples. This is another great song. The disc closes with Corrosion and Grace, two crushing industrial soundscapes with no vocals. The former has excellent drum machines creating a propulsive rhythm and is the musical equivalent of being in an avalalanche. It's hard to the describe because it's so well made. Grace is less good, but it still makes a creepy vortex of noise featuring background screams and creepy voice samples. It makes a good closer.
All in all, Psalm 69 is a great album from the pioneers of industrial metal, packed full of inventive, memorable and exhilarating songs. Highly recommended to fans of industrial or trash or both. It is so good that I can't wait to buy more Ministry albums.
P.S. On the cd box, the only hints of an album title are some Greek letters, which makes one wonder why it is offficially called Psalm 69.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best Industrial album ever??, 15 May 2010
This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
This album is a total classic of noise industrial metal standards. This is where Ministry really nailed it, found their right sound, and arguably produced thier best ever album. There are so many great industrial classic tunes on here- N.W.O., Just one fix, Psalm 69, Hero...the whole album, start to finish in just about perfect.
It is total full-on, non stop, insane industrial beats right on top of super fast distorted guitars and bass, with drums pounding away forever. A must have industrial classic. LEGEND album.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ministry of Noise, 7 Aug. 2001
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This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
Ministry's eighth album, released in 1992, is their best-known (and best) work, an awesomely heavy slab of industrial dance music. Incidentally, Psalm 69 is a title of convenience, like Led Zeppelin 4 - the actual title is something incomprehensible in Greek! Snarling, raging guitars conspire with relentless programmed rhythms to bludgeon the listener into submission. Highlights include opener N.W.O. (New World Order), for which a disturbing video exists, Just One Fix and rock club favourite Jesus Built My Hotrod, an atypical Foetus-sounding piece of revved-up psychobilly. All in all, Psalm 69 is as heavy as a supertanker full of wet cement - this album goes to 11!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to succeed...., 14 Mar. 2004
This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
Psalm 69 is a truelly devastating album by all acounts, and is unargueably one of the most important and infuential albums in history. This album defined industrial-metal and smashed barriers with its pounding electric beats, crushing metal guitar riffs and well-placed samples. Every track on this album is awesome, ranging from the sonic rape handed out by 'NWO' and 'Just1fix' to the trips inside the warped minds of Al and Paul in 'Scarecrow' or 'Psalm69'. This album is truelly extreme, but in relative industrial terms is easy-listening and is a great album for hazy saturday nights! A must buy for any industrial fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splurging Bile and the Bitter Taste, 12 Jun. 2012
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
Ministry shifted from Killing Joke riffing into something much metallic, leaving portions of the industrial experimentation aside, but still keeping alive the torch of intelligence often doused when translated into straight HM pastiche.

Attacks on religion abound within this psalm to a middle eastern hoax, ranging from Jesus built my hotrod forever onwards to the final apocalypse. Burning flames of hell are toasted by night demons, high on gibson, to evoke a searing fury of bile, brimming over the lickspittle of orange flames. Black vats of surging guitar and strained pained vocals emit the fury of men being whipped as children by the bible belt, now seeking revenge as tattooed and pierce adults.

An album that demarcates adult adolescence whilst tapping into a manic fury, it still resonates as a template, often copied since this time, but never really surpassed. A fine album that stood on the cusp of something new and gave us black metal to speed metal as Metallica took the ideas and sieved off the politics and the imagination to create something plainer appealing for the need to empower adolescents.

This is more apocalyptic, a call to arms, drawing from TV, Monte Cazazza as well as KJ and Pantera. Brutal majestic and ultimately driving straight into an abyss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A "classic" industrial rock album, 24 Jan. 2000
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One of the better experiences in life is walking into a dark and seedy club and watching a hundred people mosh and thrash about to the sound of Ministry. Sure this album is loud and noisy and perhaps not as well crafted as Industrial purists would have it but if you want to sweat to the sound of music, you can't do much better than this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grunge with a grin, 5 Jun. 2012
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M JERVIS (portsmouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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listening to Ministry's 69 psalms reminded me of why I like bands with a fair bit of oomph. People need to take into account the release date of this album which was near as dammit the same as nevermind. And the approach is similar, you can have power with a poppish sensibility. I love this album, these guys are having fun playing their arses off, and that ain't no bad thing. And what can you say about "jesus built my hot rod", I only heard it in 2004 ish and it make me grin and want to jump up and down like a teen at my advancing years! If music makes you feel like that its good enough for me. A mix of metal,punk and PWEI sampling style - great stuff
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4.0 out of 5 stars never trust a junkie, 23 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
powerfully rythmic and crunching. This was very influential stuff. I agree there are some weaker songs on here, but it doesn't matter, its still fantastic. It sounds more normal now, but at the time,,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy, heavy stuff - brilliant., 29 May 2013
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My only introduction to Ministry before this album was a single of 'Jesus built my hotrod' which also included 'TV song' and I loved it.
This album is more of the same - much much more! Brilliant.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The band that started it all, 20 April 2000
This review is from: Ministry - Psalm 69 (Audio CD)
This is the band that started it, and this is the album that started them on the road to stardom. If it wasn't for this band and this album, there would be no Korn, no Slipknot, no Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails would still be making Gary Numan-esque synthesiser pop and a whole host of new industrial bands would never have been conceived. Looking at that you should give this album the respect it deserves. It starts with the classic duo of N.W.O and Just One Fix, two of the biggest industrial stompers ever written. Just One Fix is the basis for many new songs and you can hear hints of it in so many new bands it's unbelievable. TV II and Hero are fairly standard industrial house wreckers but the next track is the fabled single, Jesus Built My Hotrod. A wonderful high speed romp through pastures new with Al Jourgenson given a respite from vocal duties by Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers. Scarecrow is a terrifying eight minute grind through the darkest recesses of Jourgenson's mind. Psalm 69 itself is a hilarious power rocker that will break you down into little pieces. The two instrumentals that follow, Grace and Corrosion are devastating walls of noise that could be used to knock down buildings. An excellent and thoroughly enjoyable stomp through the roots of Industrial metal as we know it today.
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