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Ministry, Relapse
Thirteenth Planet Records, March 26

04/05/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



If Buck Satan Jourgensen hadn’t yet established himself as the Ozzy of thrash metal, it’s a done deal now. Actually, he’s the Brett Favre of industrial metal as well, being that he was supposed to fold this band’s tents up once and for all after The Last Sucker, but that would’ve meant stopping in the middle of his evolution. His Les Claypool toothless-redneck sprechgesang character is all over the place here, for instance helping to drive home his points about getting ripped off by scummy show-biz managers in opening track “Ghouldiggers.” His deepest passions remain political, but he foregoes his tried-and-true anarchic platitudes in favor of doing things the hard way, at least in “Get Up Get Out n’ Vote.” Naturally he’s all up in the Occupy movement, so “99 Percenters” gets outfitted with a chill-up-the-spine arpeggio that works slickly with the buzz-saw thrash (the video’s worth its weight in busted Goldman Sachs office window glass). He’ll likely get the metal Grammy for this, same way he did with the Bush-hating LP Rio Grande Blood, and it’ll be well-earned, as this has a lot more depth than RGB, hinting at old-school Ministry instead of just going full-out SOD again (while we’re at it, “United Forces” gets a reboot here). FYI, it’s a whole new crew of collaborators here, guys from Static X, Prong, Gwar and Rigor Mortis. A+ —Eric W. Saeger






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