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The Last Sucker
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on 29 September 2007
So Ministry have come to the end of the line, Al Jourgenson announcing that The Last Sucker is their final studio release. And what a release! There have been some cracking albums this year (Clutch, Orange Goblin, Turisas, Machine Head, Down, High on Fire, Municipal Waste, Rotting Christ, Himsa, to name but a few), but this matches or even surpasses most of them. Not only is it the loudest, it's one of the most intelligent too; probably more relevant than any American band around today, Ministry have proved themselves to be a thorn in the Establishment's side to the very end. Along with 2006's Rio Grande Blood, this is a critique of Bush's corrupt regime. The music is stunningly tight, urgent and is packed with monstrous riffs and lyrical hooks. Highlights are the massively head-on opener Let's Go, the insane cover of the Doors' Roadhouse Blues and the final, 10-minute tour de force End of Days pt 2. Don't think twice about parting with your cash to buy this one - any metal fan who doesn't have this in their collection is gonna look pretty damn stupid when the end-of-year credits roll...
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on 24 February 2008
As a massive Ministry fan, this album could be considered a retutn to form. However, and it's a big however, is this album really Ministry? I can't fault any track on this album, I think it's terrific, however (again) the first five tracks are "Ministry" but some might regard this as Ministry "soft". There is much more in the way of thrashing guitars on the first half of the album then we are used to (I don't have a problem with that), but the second half of the album is bordering on Rammstein. Again, nothing wrong with that either - but it begs the question whether there is more to come under a different guise/name. I am looking forward masssively to seeing Ministry at The Waterfront in Norwich (possibly the best venue I've ever seen gigs at (and I'm travelling from Crawley to Norwich to see this gig when I could have gone to London). Is this album worth buying? Damn yes - and if you can get to a gig in what is alleged to be the last tour then do it.
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on 24 September 2007
You must get this album if you like political industrial music or miss out on a scorcher.
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on 23 September 2007
If this really is the final Ministry album then Al Jourgenson and co have certainly chosen to go out on a high with a strong, heavy and varied collection of songs that could not be any other band. George Bush may have been bad for world peace and America itself but in terms of Ministry's career he's been monumentally helpful in them finding their bile and anger which had not been fuelled so much since his old man was in the White House. Even Dick Cheney has his own song (Dick Song) dedicated to him on this record.
The line up includes Tommy Victor and Paul Raven again and Fear Factory's Burton C Bell lends his distinctive voice to a couple of tracks, and between them they've crafted the best long-player since "Psalm 69" including another in a long line of unrecognizable covers in The Doors' "Roadhouse Blues". It just damn good so why not send them off by purchasing it, and be quick because this limited edition included a clever shifting sleeve on which their nemesis George Dubya transforms into a lizard. Now you don't get that with a download!
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on 9 October 2007
If this is truly to be Ministry's final album, then what a way to say goodbye to what has arguably been one of the most important bands in rock history. Here we have less of the out and out thrash riffs of the previous 2 albums, with a strong return to their industrial roots. This has led to an altogether slower, yet ultimately heavier album, and it is no suprise that Burton C. Bell lends a guest vocal performance to a band he owes his entire career to. I loved 'Filthpig' but understood how some found it an inaccessable album. Here we have the same tone and occasionaly tempo, yet with never failing hooks and momentum- even by Al's own high standards, Last Sucker is their most consistent album since Psalm 69. We are also treated to the rightful heir to 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' in the inspired cover of 'Roadhouse Blues'- destined to become an integral part of every Rock/Goth dancefloor set-list for the next 20 years :).
Ministry's reign as the genre defining, enfant terrible of industrial music is inextricably linked to the presidencies of Bush Snr and Jnr, and 'Dubya' continues to be the increasingly easy target for Al's scathing hatred. Agree of not, no one has had the artistic or social integrity in their work that ministry have shown in the last 20 odd years- not even Jello Biafra.
Call him a punk, call him a junky, call him a genius, call him Al. but you can never call him boring.
Cant wait to see what he comes up with post-Ministry, because this album shows that he still has more ideas and energy in his little finger than any other modern musician has in their whole body.
Ministry is Dead. Long Live Al Jourgensen!!!
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on 25 March 2010
Everything is in the right place on this final album, of the W Bush hating trilogy of albums. It is Ministry perfected at their very focused, sure,best with many intense, catchy, mad industrial huge smashin tunes that pulverise. Amazing stuff.
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on 20 September 2013
Once you have Rio Grande Blood and you want more george bush hate listen to this sucker. It's great more audio clips screwing with George bush's public statements.
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on 4 October 2007
Having loved ministry since TLORAH and MIND... albums I am sad to see uncle Al bowing out, but what a send off. Taking elements from all the best Ministry albums along with snippets from side projects such as PailHead/Rev Cos etc. the last sucker is a fantastic goodbye from an innovative band. All through the album you can hear elements of Ministry past and present. This is definately one of the best from the band and if it were their first it would probably be lauded with praise, but I suppose they will bow out on their own high.

As inventive and of the now as ever buy it, and say goodbye.
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on 13 January 2008
This album is a HUGELY dissapointing way for Ministry to end it. Thankfully it is the end of Ministry as this and their previous record were way below par for Ministry efforts.

The drum programming is tinny and soul-less (bring back Rieflin or Washam) and Al's vocals almost sound exactly like Burton C Bells Cookie Monster rip off style?!

Even more embarrassing is the fact that Ministry's last ever song is a long, depressing and banal duet with Burton himself?!

Regardless of how rubbish this last Ministry album is it still has a few great riffs here and there. The song "Last Sucker" has an awesome badass riff which is then ruined by Al sounding like Burton C Bell in the chorus??? Why on earth does Al feel the need to do this?? The first track "Let's Go" also has a classic Ministry riff we've all come to love and expect.

The Doors cover "Roadhouse Blues" sounds like an Instrumental of "Great Satan" with the lyrics of "Roadhouse Blues" dropped into it with Al sounding like an angry Dalek who just fell down some stairs.

The rest of the songs are basically leftovers from RGB with nothing special to offer.

The remixes on this "limited Edition" are banal at best. They'd fit in just nicely on the last two weak Ministry/Revco remix albums.

If you're new to Ministry i'd suggest picking up Ministry records which feature Paul Barker on Bass. These are Ministry's finest momments....88's "The Land Of Rape And Honey" right through to 2003's "Animositisomina". Those are records where Ministry progress and experiment.

Ministry just doesn't sound the same without Barker's input although i must admit i thought Al's first album after Barkers departure "Houses Of The Mole" was quite good.

Make no mistake though.......Ministry were one of the greats.
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on 20 August 2015
Awesome
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