110430One of my first memories of industrial metal giants Ministry is the image of the cassette my brother gave me and the title that came with it. I will never forget reading the words The Land Of Rape And Honey and being so confused because I was only 11 at the time. If you wondering about the title of the band’s third album which was released on October 11, 1988 it was taken off a slogan that Tisdale, Saskatchewan used since their most major export was rapeseed and honey. The band at the time of the release was made up of Al Jourgensen (Vocals, Guitars, Programming, Production) and the first appearance of Paul Barker (Bass, Keyboards, Programming, Production) as a member of the band. The album also featured William Rieflin (drums, programming, keyboards, guitar) and Eddie Echo also served as a producer. The album did pretty well for the band as it peaked at 164 on the Billboard Top 200 and it was certified Gold by 1996. Al Jourgensen has gone on to say that even though this is the third album, he feels that this is the first true Ministry record and it’s still one of his favorites.

ministry1. Stigmata– Widely considered Jorugensen’s least favorite song because it was, “too simplistic. His complaint was that the song did not have any guitars on it but were all sampled; using only two chords in every riff and the second one was bent with a pitch shifter.” Still one of the coolest and intense tracks in my opinion that paved the way for every one else. 5/5

2. The Missing– A hard charger that drives with a punk attitude and that metal tinge in a track that I think is about Jesus considering they are talking about someone who is preparing to be a Martyr. I love the overall beat of this track, it’s a banger for sure. 5/5

3. Deity– It follows the same idea, but more drum driven at times and you can definitely see where the influence comes for bands like Fear Factory. The track is about how we worship the television and we believe everything we see. 4/5

4. Golden Dawn– A very cool track that features samples of Aleister Crowley and his Call of the First Aethyr as well as samples from the film The Devil, and Israel Regardie translating the English version of the First Enochian Key in this song about cultism. 5/5

5. Destruction– An instrumental track that has more of that industrial dance beat to it that we’ve known from these guys. 4/5

6. Hizbollah– a track that samples Fairuz’s Kad Ataka in the track which adds a middle eastern flow to the industrial track. 4.5/5

the-land-of-rape-and-honey-4f5c472a832e37. The Land Of Rape And Honey– One of my favorite tracks on the album that has that beat that you just feel has been sampled in Hip Hop or even some early 90’s pop music. The track si all about nationalism and how it has gotten the world into trouble before. 5/5

8. You Know What You Are– An amazing track right from the get go with this fast paced industrial dance beat which samples The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly for it’s chorus as well as a laugh from Fistful Of Dollars, samples from Alien and Platoon. 5/5

9. I Prefer– A bass driven track with that drum machine sound helping drive the song forward complete with a vacuum sound effect in it. You can see some of the influence in this track that Trent Reznor would take. This is also a track that Chris Connelly sings lead vocals on. 4/5

10. Flashback– A very angry track complete with samples of the film Platoon within this industrial metal dance track. 4/5

11. Abortive– An industrial instrumental complete with samples from NASA. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– This is the album that started it all for Ministry fans and it’s definitely one of my personal favs. Jourgensen and co. definitely paved the way for everyone else in the industrial metal scene. My favorite tracks on the record are definitely the title track, You Know What You Are, and The Missing. My least favorite track is probably Deity and Abortive. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

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