Rio Grande Blood [VINYL]
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I'd almost given up on Ministry, buying successive albums more out of hope and duty than expectation and being more disappointed as the dross piled up, but this is what I always wanted.
I'd pretty much set aside the summer to listen to the new Tool album (also brilliant btw), I wasn't expecting competition from a band who's best years were a decade or so ago. If you loved N.W.O. Just One Fix, Thieves or Burning Inside, then get this.
Can't wait to hear this stuff live.
Thank whatever god your into for George W Bush. He pissed Al off to a point that the anger and derision came bursting out of the man resulting in this little gem. Having followed Ministry since Twitch, I have to say this is the angriest I've heard Al to this point, and it makes for a great listen. It is the natural successor to Psalm 69 that we all hoped would turn up in 1996, with all of the benefits of improved production and studio advances that came in 10 years. It's wonderfully heavy, the samples sound better than they ever did, and the addition of Prongs Tommy Victor sees some well munty riffs smack you up the side of the head in just the way all metal heads truly love.
I came to Rio Grande Blood late, even though I had friends telling me in 2006 to grab this album and a beer and turn it up to 11. The quality on offer makes me wish that I had done so. This truly is an album for all of you who loved Ministry at their peak, and for anyone who wants to know what the hell all of the fuss was about. Rio Grande Blood will show you in no uncertain terms why this band is held in such high regard by many of today's big acts. I know I'm another comeback behind now, but, I can't wait to wrap my ears round The Last Sucker after hearing Rio Grande Blood. Try listening to the title track. You'll buy it too.
I was lucky enough to see them last year in London, probably the most insane show i have ever seen. Their next tour, for The Last Sucker, their final album, will most likely be their last, check them out if you can.
The outstanding element being the one track dubbed " The Great Satan " which has some catchy lyrical hooks the likes of some other Industrial pioneers like NIN could surely do with since last years release ( think Every day is Exactly the Same )
Any way I think its a safe bet if you like Metal /Thrash you are not going to be disappointed by the level of intensity displayed in classical Alien Jourgs Grroowls and thrashy guitars , though the lack of voice distortion / synths for the more " Industrial " folk maybe be too much to bear..
There is nothing wrong with this album which is of course why I have it, its overall well produced and put together and the samples work well with the music to generate the kinda of anti-political mood you'd expect from album that has G . Bush spread on its front cover.
As long term Ministry fan however I would have to say this album is not really a step forward but more of transition for a group that used to be Industrial and has now become Metal / Thrash, thats a shame if you remember such classics as " Stigmata " , " Over the shoulder " etc and great If you like no nosense metal..
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This is probably Ministry's peak of their kind of second period, retruning to the superfast thrash sound but still full on industrial along with it. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2010 by Franz Kiffka
..yes ministry were industrial once upon a time, and slowly over the years have combined more and more metal into their style. this is balls out thrash, and well played too. Read morePublished on 8 Jun. 2008 by Mr. L. Legrove
Everyone has their muse. The thing they cannot conquer. The mountain they cannot climb, and spend their life trying to defeat. Their artistic nemesis. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2007 by Mr. M. A. Reed