Posts Tagged ‘Industrial’

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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crow soundtrackI honestly believe that if you were to ask me what were some of the greatest movie soundtracks of the 1990’s, one of them would definitely be the original soundtrack to the 1994 film The Crow. The Crow was a film that starred the late Brandon Lee that was based off of a comic book created by James O’Barr about a man who comes back from the grave thanks to a crow to have vengeance against those who killed him and his fiance. The soundtrack featured some of the best 90’s alternative acts like The Cure, The Jesus and The Mary Chain along with some really awesome up and comers in the Industrial rock scene like Machines Of Loving Grace, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and the Nine Inch Nails. The soundtrack also featured some bands that were either already on the rise like Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, or about to make a huge splash like Rage Against The Machine . It was definitely the album that made a splash on us because it made the film come to life and helped bring out the raw emotions of the characters. It did well on the charts as it peaked at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Charts and it has been certified platinum three times.

crowost1. Burn by The Cure- This is my favorite song on the whole album that made me fall in love with Simon Gallup and his bass playing abilities as he drives the song forward while Robert Smith does his best invoking the spirit of the Crow in his lyrics. 5/5

2. Golgotha Tenement Blues by Machines Of Loving Grace- Machines bring the industrial rock sexiness with this blues tinged goth classic. Golgotha is the place that Jesus was crucified so the track could be their way of saying that this is where Eric Draven was “crucified” if you want to use those terms. It’s an awesome track. 5/5

3. Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots- This is a classic STP track, but it’s not the original track intended for the soundtrack. Apparently, they had written one song called Only Dying, but management thought it wasn’t a good idea to release since the death of Brandon Lee had happened. This was definitely a great substitute as this is an STP classic. 5/5

4. Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails- Trent Reznor went all out with this cover of Joy Division’s Dead Souls which is amazing. This is a very haunting track lyrically and Trent does a great job adding his flair to it while trying to remain true. 5/5

5. Darkness by Rage Against The Machine- A very young Rage brings this track to you with all the in your face, boombastic sound that we are used to while Zach De La Rocha spits that gospel. Zach is talking mostly about how AIDS was an epidemic in Africa and America was barely doing anything about it. 5/5

6. Color Me Once by Violent Femmes- Life can be cruel and tough and that is the message that legendary folk rock act Violent Femmes brings to you on the soundtrack. The track features a very cool bluesy guitar solo that is a true highlight. 4.5/5

7. Ghostrider by The Rollins Band- Henry Rollins reverting back to his punk roots as he covers Suicide’s Ghostrider for the soundtrack. This was always a surprise track for me because the music is just infectious with those big bass riffs. 5/5

BSO_El_Cuervo_(The_Crow)--CD8. Milktoast by Helmet- this is an alternate version of the band’s track Milquetoast where this one was mixed by Butch Vig as it features a distorted outro and some feedback loops that weren’t there before. This track also features some bad ass bass playing by Henry Bogdan. 5/5

9. The Badge by Pantera- Any soundtrack that features the late and great Dimebag Darrell is a winner in my book. This is Pantera’s cover of Poison Idea’s The Badge. It’s heavy and fast and it showcases some of Phil’s other influences. 5/5

10. Slip Slide Melting by For Love Not Lisa- I had never heard of this group, but the song has quite the kick to it cause the track drives. 4.5/5

11. After The Flash by My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- an industrial banger that is bound to get the inner goth out of you with it’s Ministry/Electric Hellfire Club like industrial dance beats. This track kicks ass and you can’t help but groove to it. 5/5

12. Snakedriver by The Jesus and The Mary Chain- an alternative rock track that is a little different than the rest of the songs on here and it’s a good change as the singer talks about how life can be just as we thought it would be. 4.5/5

13. Time Baby III by Medicine- I think this is a very underappreciated song on the soundtrack because her voice is hypnotic. The band makes a cameo in the film playing the club. 5/5

14. It Can’t Rain All The Time by Jane Siberry- This is the actual version of the track that Eric Draven’s band’s song that appears on the soundtrack. The track is about no matter how tough or bad things get, it can’t be that bad all the time. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is definitely one of the greatest soundtracks of it’s time and it will live on in the hearts of all those that loved the film and soundtrack. My favorite tracks on the record are Burn by The Cure and Dead Souls by Nine Inch Nails. My least favorite track is probably Color Me Once by Violent Femmes. I am going to give the album 4.8 stars out of five for a final grade.

War Of The Covers Head Like A HoleWe apologize for the length of time that we’ve had between posts, but we’re back with another one and hopefully you’ll find this one an interesting one. The last War Of The Covers we had, we saw that Dope was ultimately the winner of that fatal four way match making their version of Rebel Yell by Billy Idol the better one according to you. This week we have a match up that is definitely an interesting match up because it features two bands from two completely different walks of life in the music business covering a band that is the halfway point in the timeline of pop music culture between the two of them. In one corner, you have 80’s new wave legends Devo going up against post hardcore/rock band AFI as both bands attempted to cover the Nine Inch Nails track Head Like A Hole from their legendary album Pretty Hate Machine. In 1996, Devo would take a crack at the track for the 1996 soundtrack to the film Supercop that starred Jackie Chan and also featured eclectic mix of music from bands like No Doubt, the late Dimebag Darrell, and the late 2Pac. In 2006, AFI would record a version of the track for an edition of Decemberunderground that was only released in Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as the soundtrack for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Now only one version of the track can survive and as usual it’s up to you the fans to decide. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide.

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Dope-GT-960x960There were a lot of bands that emerged from the Nu Metal scene back in the late 1990’s, but there always that one band that just seemed different than everyone else. Dope was one of those bands that just came out and they looked and sounded the part especially with the industrial influence of the first album. I felt with album after album that Edsel Dope, the lead singer of the band Dope was growing as a musician as well and it was evident with the previous effort Life. Edsel definitely kept the ball rolling with the next effort which we are covering this week in Group Therapy which featured Virus (Guitar and keyboards), Sloane “Mosey” Jentry (Bass), and Racci “Sketchy” Shay (Drums). Edsel assumed a lot more responsibilities on this album as he also handled guitars, audio production, engineering, and he produced the album which was also the band’s first effort since leaving Epic. The album garnered a lot of mixed reviews once it was released, but it was an album that had showed that the band had range. The album peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top Independent records chart and it peaked at number 16 on the Heetseekers chart.

dope 21.Falling Away– A cool bass line drives the verses for the most part before the band kicks back in with the industrial rock styled assault. The track seems to be about no matter how awesome he feels there is always something there to drag him down. 4/5

2. Bitch– I always loved this song because it’s such an in your face, bravado filled track with huge power chords that has balls. It’s about being in a relationship that literally means nothing to you, but the sex is great. 5/5

3. I Am– A cool rock track and one of my favorites that has a bad ass pre-chorus that leads into an epic chorus that makes you want to chant I Am What I Am really loudly along with Edsel. The lyrics are pretty self explanatory. 5/5

4. Motivation– Another in your face track with huge power chords that talks about being in the right state of mind to succeed and if not get the hell out of the way. 4/5

5. Sing– A song that is on the lighter side of things for the band with either an acoustic guitar or the guitars are on a clean channel. It’s a song that just tells you to sing no matter what you may be doing it for or what people think. Just sing! 5/5

6. Now Is The Time– A hard rock track that is ballsy with a big bass riff that is telling you that now is the time to do something so stop wasting time! 4/5

7. Paranoia– a track that has a driving riff that is super charged about being paranoid or are you saying I’m paranoid? 4/5

dope group therapy8. Bring It On– Racci kicks off this track with a cool drum beat before the band comes in for a real hard rocker. Racci is actually one of the stars of this song and it seems to be built around him. 4.5/5

9. Another Day Goes By– One of my favorite tracks on the album that is another example of their lighter side in a track that is about being trapped in the same place all the time. I’ve pondered a lot in life especially while listening to this track. 5/5

10. Today Is The Day– Another track that is driven by Racci’s drum playing and Sloane’s bass playing and it’s awesome when the band comes in full force for the chorus. Today is the day to change your life. 5/5

11. Burn– Sirens and Racci’s amazing playing kick off the sequel to Die MotherF***** Die and it’s intense with razor fast and sledgehammer like riffs. 4.5/5

12. Easier– a very different and cool rock track that is a little bluesy at times about a break up that just needs to happen. It further showcases their “softer” side, but really that they can write anything. 4/5

13. So Low– The band closes the album with an absolute banger that is intense as hell when it needs to be. It’s about a guy who is just fed up with getting the blame when things go wrong in relationships. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– Despite all the hate that the record may have received, I think that this is definitely one of the best albums the band has ever recorded. It was the natural progression from Life and they continue to move in the right direction with the next effort after this one. Another Day Goes By is the best track on the album besides the track I Am. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade because it’s that good.

I predicted to a friend of mine that as soon as Donald Trump was elected President of the United States that the political driven Music Videos and albums were going to hit like a ten ton hammer. I was absolutely correct about that because it’s easy to vilify someone who is generally hated by everyone in the world, but Donald J. Trump isn’t the only subject of LA Industrial rock act 3Teeth’s new music video for their track Away From Me. Hilary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, the Pope, and even Black Friday shoppers are the subject of their eerie sounding music video. Alexis Mincolla tells us, “I believe we live in very regressive times despite our huge advances in technology and communication. We’re still territorially pissing like cavemen, and the tragedy of the commons has become an accepted way of life. The song is really about how strong willed minds can still stay autonomous and empowered even in the face of all this. I wanted the video to represent this from a human story rather than a political one as it’s becoming more and more apparent that geopolitics outweigh the human experience in terms of what is navigating our world.” The song is off of the band’s upcoming record shutdown.exe which is due in stores and online May 19TH via OMF Records. Check out the video below:

ministry_psalm691I am always looking for different albums to do on the blog and we are inching our way closer to 200 albums reviewed. In fact this is album #199 for us here at Moshpits and Movies and we found a band that I have always respected for changing the scene completely and blasting in with the industrial wave. I am talking about Ministry which was made up of Al Jourgensen (Vocals, Guitars, Keys, Production), Paul Barker (Bass and Programming), William Rieflin (Drums), Mike Scaccia (Guitar), Louis Svitek (Guitar), and Michael Balch (Keys and Programming). The album I am overing by the band is their fifth studio album Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed and The Way To Suck Eggs or as it is known by it’s technical name ΚΕΦΑΛΗΞΘ. The album marks their first release with guitarist Mike Scaccia and it’s also the album that lead the band to a more mainstream push as MTV had finally noticed the band. You’re probably wondering how the band came up with the title. Well, the title is a direct link to a chapter in one of Aleister Crowley’s books The Book Of Lies where says that exact line which is reference to the sexual act. The album was pretty successful for the band as it peaked at number 27 on The Billboard Top 200 and it went number one on the Top Heetseekers Chart as well as it went platinum by 1995.

ministry-psalm_69-trasera1. N.W.O.– The Grammy nominated track kicks off the album and it kicks off just right with that double bass action and the sledgehammer guitar riffs with samples from Apocalypse Now and George H.W. Bush. The track was a protest track against then President Bush. 5/5

2. Just One Fix– An interesting track that is said that Rammstein borrowed or used the riff for their popular hit Du Hast because they do sound similar. The track uses samples from Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II as well as The Trip, Sid and Nancy, and The Man With The Golden Arm. 5/5

3. TV II– The fastest Ministry song I have heard that is great commentary on the pollution that is seen on TV. 4.5/5

4. Hero– An anti-war track that uses clips from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero cartoon, but it’s quite an amazing and cynical look at war plus the riff is bad ass. 4.5/5

5. Jesus Built My Hotrod– One of the more famous Ministry songs that features Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes. Al recounts the time sayng, “Gibby came down completely drunk off his ass to the studio we’re at in Chicago. He couldn’t even sit on a stool, let alone sing. I mean, he was wasted. He fell off the stool about ten times during the recording of that vocal. He made no sense and it was just gibberish. So I spent two weeks editing tape of what he did.” 5/5

ministry-psalm_69-cd6. Scarecrow– an interesting track that kind of takes a different look at Jesus sort of like ironic commentary on that situation. 4/5

7. Psalm 69– an epic track that could be best described as the theme song for hell if hell had one. The lyrics are pretty intense when it comes to this song (look them up). The track contains samples from Altered States, The Pit And The Pendelum, and Suspiria. 5/5

8. Corrosion– an instrumental track that features samples from The Abyss. 4/5

9. Grace– Another instrumental that ends the album, but this one is pretty epic and sounds like the world is coming to an end at times. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is one of three albums that I love from Ministry that I think are bad ass and very influential. The whole Nu-Metal scene owes a debt of gratitude to the band especially those with an industrial sound. This is a great album that anyone should check out. I am going to give the album 4.7 stars out of five for a final grade.

dopeI am super excited right now to debut a music video from a band that I feel is so underrated and deserves more credit than they deserve. I am talking about the band Dope who burst onto the scene in 1999 with their brand of industrial styled Nu-Metal with Felonies and Revolutionaries. Fast forward now to 2016 and the band has unveiled their highly anticipated new album Blood Money Pt.1 which is the band’s first since 2009’s No Regrets which comes out Ocotber 28TH. To help celebrate the great news, the band has unleashed a music video for the title track of the album and the video is sick. The video kind of has a Purge feel to it with all the unique characters that pop on screen which includes a bloodied sexy chick dancing and grinding. Edsel Dope appears in the video in a suit in some scenes while in others he is strapped to a chair where he is being brainwashed with the ideals of sex, drugs, rock, blood money, etc. Edsel talked about the album with excitement saying, “Its been a long time coming, and I’m very happy with how the new album came out. I’m super excited for fans to hear the entire record and for us to get out there on tour and feed off of each others energy.” The band also has a reunited Die MF Die lineup which consisted of Edsel along with Acey Slade, Virus and Racci Shay as the band hits the road. You can also pre-order some cool swag with the new record which you can check out here. Check out the video below as well as the track listing for the new album, and the tour dates.

Dope_BloodMoney_CoverBlood Money Pt. 1 Track Listing:

1. Intro: Confessions of a Felon
2. Blood Money
3. Shoulda Known Better
4.  Lexipro
5.  Hold On
6. 1999
7. Razorblade Butterfly
8. Drug Music
9.  A New Low
10. Hypocrite
11. X-Hale
12. End of the World
13. Selfish
14. Numb
15. Violet

Dope’s “Die Mother F–ker Die” 2016 Tour

09/13 – San Francisco, Calif. @ DNA Lounge
09/14 – Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theatre
09/15 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ The Rickshaw
09/17 – Seattle, Wash. @ Studio Seven
09/18 – Spokane, Wash. @ The Pin
09/19 – Idaho Falls, Idaho @ The Falls Venue
09/20 – Denver, Colo. @ Herman’s Hideaway
09/21 – Colorado Springs, Colo. @ Sunshine Studios
09/22 – Omaha, Neb. @ Sokol Underground
09/23 – St Louis, Mo. @ Firebird
09/24 – Minneapolis, Minn. @ The Cabooze
09/25 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Lefty’s
09/26 – Sioux Falls, S.D. @ Big’s Bar
09/27 – Waterloo, Iowa @ The Reverb
09/28 – Stevens Point, Wis. @ Live On Main
09/29 – Chippewa Falls, Wis. @ Every Buddy’s
09/30 – Battle Creek, Mich. @ Music Factory
10/01 – Flint, Mich. @ Machine Shop
10/02 – Madison, Wis. @ Sonic Boom
10/03 – Toledo, Ohio @ Realm
10/04 – Chicago, Ill. @ Concord Music Hall
10/05 – Cleveland, Ohio @ The Agora
10/06 – Columbus, Ohio @ Park Street Saloon
10/07 – Lancaster, Pa. @ Chameleon Club
10/08 – Stroudsburg, Pa. @ Sherman Theater
10/09 – Rochester, N.Y. @ Montage Music Hall
10/10 – Toronto, Ontario @ Hard Luck
10/11 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Mavericks
10/12 – Montreal, Quebec @ Pirahna Bar
10/13 – Amityville, N.Y. @ Revolution
10/14 – Worcester, Mass. @ Rock N Shock @ Palladium
10/15 – Baltimore, Md. @ Fish Head Cantina
10/16 – Fayetteville, N.C. @ The Rock Shop
10/17 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Heaven – Masquerade
10/18 – Lake Charles, La. @ The Centerstage
10/19 – Austin, Texas @ Dirty Dog Bar
10/20 – Houston, Texas @ Scout Bar
10/21 – Dallas, Texas @ Trees
10/22 – Merriam, Kan. @ Aftershock
10/23 – Oklahoma City, Okla. @ 89th St. Collective
10/24 – Lubbock, Texas @ Backstage
10/25 – Gallup, N.M. @ The Juggernaut
10/26 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Joe’s Grotto
10/27 – San Diego, Calif. @ Brick By Brick
10/28 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Counts Vamp’d
10/29 – Anaheim, Calif. @ City National Grove of Anaheim
10/30 – W. Hollywood, Calif. @ The Whisky