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On disc: Ministry

The Last Dubber - Carsten Bahr -
Relapse - Philip Thelen - 8 stars


(AFM Records - 2012)

With Relapse, industrial metal inventors Ministry are back on surface. This time I think, they are a bit more metal than industrial, but that's fine. There are more guitar leads than usual and the whole thing is a bit more thrashy. Al Jourgensen, mastermind of Ministry again lyrically criticizes everything. For me, I like the album because it kicks ass. The mix is well done, although I think it is compressed to hard. But that's my point of view. If you still don't know them, give 'em a try.

Tracks I Recommend: Ghouldiggers, Double Tap, Kleptocracy, 99 Percenters

8 stars

Philip Thelen


The Last Dubber

The Last Dubber
(13th Planet Records - 2009)

It's really a pity that the mighty Ministry are put to rest, that band boss Al Jourgensen don't continue with this unique band. Mastermind Al decided to give the great farewell album The Last Sucker to some colleagues for re-mixing. The majority of the songs been remixed by Revolting Cocks' Clayton Worbeck, others been handled by John Bechdel and DJ Hardware. The result of the remixing is a minimized metal sound, estranged vocals and songs which hardly show the basics of the originals. They focussed on electronic beats and effects, bass and percussion dominates the sound, but also make them more rhythmic. It can be said that Ministry are now danceable. I think it's a pity that none of the mixers tried to make the songs sound heaver... more brutal and so fans of metal sounds who love Ministry won't be pleased. Personally I'm not into this electronic stuff and so I can only recommend to check out the album before you buy it! Everybody who likes the experimental sounds and loves remixes should be pleased by the new, remixed versions of The Last Sucker. Especially as this album shows what you can make out of a Ministry song. If a Ministry fan needs this one? Well, it's up to you. Personally I don't need this album. I love Ministy, but the original Ministry, not the remixed songs. I will remember Ministry the way I love them!

Track list:

Let's Go (La Fin Du Monde Mix)
Watch Yourself (The Clock Strikes Thirteen Mix)
Life Is Good (Neuroplasticity Mix)
The Dick Song (Straight Outta Lincoln Mix)
The Last Sucker (Icke Mix)
No Glory (Sandpaper Condom Mix)
Death & Destruction (A Vote of Non-Confidence Mix)
Die In A Crash (Point Of Impact Mix)
End Of Days Part 1 (One Less Sparrow Mix)
End Of Days Part 2 (Extreme Mayan Makeover Mix)
Let`s Go (Dawn Of Oblivion Mix)
The Last Sucker (Hardware Revamp Mix)

Carsten Bahr
(translation: Claudia Ehrhardt)


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