Posts Tagged ‘Industrial’

810j2mCjpZL._SS500_Marilyn Manson has had one heck of a career in my opinion and one that has seen it’s fair shares of ups and downs. He rose to the very top for a long time only to drop off a little bit before reclaiming his place in the world. The album that truly catapulted him into the spotlight was none other than his second studio album Antichrist Superstar which came out on October 8, 1996 via Nothing/Interscope and was produced by Manson, Trent Reznor, Sean Beavan, and Dave Olgilvie. The lineup credited with working on the album are Manson (Lead Vocals, Guitars), Daisy Berkowitz (Guitars), Twiggy Ramirez (Bass/Guitars), Madonna Wayne Gacy (Keys/Loops), Ginger Fish (Drums), and Zim Zum who does live guitar on Dead To The World. While the album was extremely controversial in it’s day, it was also hugely successful as well. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Top 200 charts in the US while peaking at number two in Canada, and number five in New Zealand while the album was certified platinum in the US (almost hitting double status). It also received a crap ton of accolades since it’s release with too many to list, but Rock Sound in France ranked it 11TH on their 150 greatest albums of our lifetime list.

111358511_802156461. Irresponsible Hate Anthem– The first track of the album, cycle I: The Heirophant, and the first track to kick off this rock opera concept album.I believe the track was recorded live as well. It’s in your face with a punk flare to it and features some awesome bass playing from Twiggy. It’s a track lashing back at the identity of America and the idea that we are free. 5/5

2. The Beautiful People– The lead single off the album is this drop d tuned power chord heavy track that kicks ass. On wikipedia, they describe the song’s meaning saying, “Lyrically, it is entwined with the Antichrist Superstar album’s overarching theme, a semi-narrative examination of the Nietzschean Übermensch. Within this context, “The Beautiful People” deals explicitly with the destructive manifestation of the Will to Power (“There’s no time to discriminate / hate every motherfucker that’s in your way”), while also exploring Nietzsche’s view of master-slave morality (“It’s not your fault that you’re always wrong / The weak ones are there to justify the strong”), particularly the concept’s connection with Social Darwinism and its relation to various political and economic systems such as capitalism and fascism (“Capitalism has made it this way/Old-fashioned fascism will take it away.” 5/5

3. Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World– I love this song and always thought it was underrated in this track that is all about the worm’s experiences in the world living among the “Beautriful People” of the world and all of the lies he experiences. The last minute of the track is one of my favorite segments on the whole album. 5/5

4. Tourniquet-The second single off of the album and probably one of the best Marilyn Manson songs ever written. The heavy Alice Cooper influenced track is said to be influenced by dreams that Manson had. He described them saying, “I’ve always had these dreams about making a girl out of all these pieces of prosthetic limbs, and then taking my own hair and teeth that I saved from when I was a kid and very ritualistically creating this companion.” It’s the last step before he becomes the little Horn. 5/5

71QHsV5cIQL._SL1275_5. Little Horn– The first track in Cycle II: Inauguration of the Worm and the in your face death rock track actually has a biblical reference to it. The Little Horn is the last beast of the four beasts that David dreams about that is ruled by 10 kings, but that Little Horn is the scariest one and that is the Antichrist Superstar in our story. 5/5

6. Cryptorchid-a techno like beginning with some bass playing and is the shortest track on the album (and his discography as well).  The song overall is about how society likes to beat down their views into children’s heads before they can form their own opinions. 5/5

7. Deformography-a heavily keys/samples/loops driven track that is all about the worm wishing to get back at the “Beautiful People” of the world. 5/5

8. Wormboy– a crazy sounding track from Manson that mixes the guitars with the programming to give it a unique sound. I believe the song is about the worm being tempted by a being calling himself the Antichrist. He realizes that everything they said about sinning is true and he’s excited because he wants to live the sinful life but he’s not sure either. 5/5

9. Mister Superstar-A great rock track written by Twiggy that sees the worm as a rockstar now as he has evolved. I also think it’s a reflection of fame where no one knows you and wants to be around you until you become this big star. 5/5

10. Angel with the Scabbed Wings– a great track that sees the worm finally evolve into the the angel with the scabbed wings where he has people that worship and people that fear him. Definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album. 5/5

11. Kinderfeld– I have always loved the beginning and overall sound of this track which always sounded like a laser going off along with that ominous bass riff. I think the track is about the worm asking the Distengrator what it’s like to be that figure. 5/5

imgbin-compact-disc-antichrist-superstar-marilyn-manson-album-smells-like-children-marilyn-manson-TKt7DmzkNNK9w0CH3zCRW0ggU12. Antichrist Superstar– The first track of Cycle III: Disintegrator Rising and Manson says the song is about “I’m satirising the fascism of politics, of religion, and most importantly the fascism of rock’n’roll. Whether people are realising that, or simply buzzing off the spectacle, isn’t my concern. I’m thoroughly entertained by it as a massive piece of performance art because it has so many dimensions, because we’re the polar opposite of Nazism, would be the first to be destroyed by it, and we’re using that imagery against itself … Words and symbolism are only as powerful as you make them. Just looking at fascist imagery doesn’t make it hateful … All there is, is making people think for themselves. That’s it. No answers. You make your choice. Fascism is precisely what I’m out to destroy but if people see our show and see fascism, it’s in them already. It’s a self discovery and that’s what we’re here for, to make people think, enable self-discovery. I ain’t here to condemn or condone. I’m here to go against the grain. I’ve transformed my world so that I am my own work of fiction, with no boundaries to what I can do, no limits. I’m saying anyone can do that. Anyone.” 5/5

13. 1996– a industrial punk like pace on this song that is about being anti everything even anti you, etc. 5/5

14. Minute of Decay– a bass driven track that features some interesting sounds that the band created for the track. It almost seems like the track is sort of an off day for our main character who seems to be depressed about his new role. 5/5

15. The Reflecting God– This is an incredible song to hear live with it’s amazing chorus, but it’s another bass driven track that features some acoustic guitars in it by Danny Lohner as well as a wall of noise. It’s all about making up your own mind about life. 5/5

16. Man That You Fear– One of the eeriest songs ever written by Manson and the last track on the album. Things are different for the worm as he has become the man that everyone fears and there is no much he can do. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– This was one of the best albums that Manson ever wrote besides Mechanical Animals and one of the best alternative albums of the 90’s. The album was a perfect storm for him as it rose him to ranks that life was imitating art in a way as people feared him more. I gave the album five stars out of five for a final grade.

Collaborations are a thing in music that has been happening for a very long time like that time when Roy Harper came in and sang Have A Cigar on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album in 1975, but in the late 90’s collaborations started to become more of a thing. One of my favorite bands that got looped into the whole Nu Metal scene was the  Industrial Rock band Orgy all because they were signed to Jonathan Davis of Korn’s new label Elementree Records. In fact if you look at some of the releases from the label, Jonathan made an appearance somehow, but I definitely do not have a problem with that at all. In fact, I am here to celebrate that by naming Revival which comes off Orgy’s debut album Candyass as this week’s Collaboration of the Week. Orgy was a band that was anything, but Nu-Metal with their industrial rock sound that was taking over the scene with bands like Dope and many more. The track is power chord heavy in guitars while having that industrial feel to it as Jay Gordon carries the song vocally before Jonathan Davis comes in during the chorus (the only time he appears is in the chorus) and Davis is also a co-writer of the track. Check out the track below:

angstOne of the genres that has always intrigued me is that of the industrial rock scene like Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, and the band that I chose to review for today in KMFDM. I’ve been intrigued by the genre because it helped spawn a new genre in the 1990’s which was the industrial metal genre with bands mixing elements of industrial into their music like Fear Factory or even White Zombie. So, I have decided to look back at a band that I discovered one night thanks to Beavis And Butt-head when they played the video for the song A Drug Against War. It was then and in that moment that i was hooked and wanted to know more about KMFDM. For instance their name stands for Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid which loosely translates to No Pity For The Majority in German. The group at this time was made up of Sascha Konietzko (Vocals/Bass/Synth/Arrangements/Production), En Esch (Vocals/Guitar) who was back since quitting during the recording of the previous album, Svet Am (Guitar/Piano), making his first appearance with the band Mark Durante (Guitar) with additional help from Dorona Alberti on vocals. On October 13, 1993, the band would release their seventh album Angst via Wax Trax! Records and is considered by many critics to be their best album.

angst back cover1. Light- The first track on the album that also features vocals from Dorona Alberti with it’s industrial dance rock elements helps kick things off. 4.5/5

2. A Drug Against War– The first track i had ever heard from the band and it’s an all out Industrial Metal assault with the razor fast guitars and the Ministry like electronic drum kit. I think it’s a track about how we need to stop letting those in charge determine what is good or bad for us. 5/5

3. Blood (Evil Mix)– an Industrial rock banger in this track that is all about telling you that there will be times when you have to just look the other way as far as morality if you want to move ahead. 4/5

4. Lust-Another Industrial rock/dance like track that is all in German. It’s all about desiring someone that you know you can’t have. 4/5

5. Glory– I love the mixing of heavy guitars with the industrial dance element in this track. The track is all about how corrupt our society is and how the rich and government can get away with anything. 4.5/5

images (1)6. Move On-what a track musically first of all, unbelievable guitar riff helps drive this track that I think is all about moving on from what we have known before 1993. Like society starting fresh. 5/5

7. No Peace– You can definitely hear where Marilyn Manson got some of his influence from with this track that is all about no matter how hard we try, we ill never have peace in this world. 4.5/5

8. A Hole in the Wall– an industrial metal track that is a weird kind of love song. It’s all about one man’s encounter with a dominatrix (at least in my opinion) and how he loves it. 5/5

9. Sucks– For years people have speculated what KMFDM has stood for and this according to Wikipedia is, “a tongue-in-cheek reference to the various (false) interpretations of the initialism “KMFDM” at the time, including “Kill Mother-Fucking Depeche Mode”, “Kidnap Madonna For Drug Money” and “Kylie Minogue Fans Don’t Masturbate.”” 4.5/5

10. The Problem– The last track on the album is all about how when someone is different or they don’t quite fit in that we automatically say that there is something wrong with them and that the system is broken even though it’s just them being themselves. Dorona Alberti  has a larger presence in this track as she sings a lot of the song. 4.5/5

My Final Thoughts– This is considered by many to be the starter kit for anyone looking to get into KMFDM and it makes sense seeing as it is their seventh album. There is a great mixture of Industrial Metal and the Industrial Dance element which made it a fun record to listen to. My favorite tracks are A Hole In The Wall, A Drug Against War, and Move On. I am going to give the album 4.55 stars out of five for a final grade.

fe6a3358I can’t believe that Halloween is tomorrow which means that Eddie’s 31 Days of Halloween officially comes to an end. So for the whole month of October, I wanted to keep things fresh with different artists and I thought we did a great job of that, but now it’s time to introduce some fresh blood to the blog. The group that I chose for today comes all the way from New Jersey and they have toured The US and Europe with the likes of Alice In Chains, Korn, Underoath, Prophets Of Rage, Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, The Dillinger Escape Plan, 3Teeth, and so many more. I am talking about Hardcore Hip Hop, Horrorcore, Trap Metal, geniuses Ho99o9 (pronounced Horror). The group is made up of theOGM, Eaddy, and Brandon Pertzborn who formed the group in 2012 who has cited DMX, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and White Zombie (Rob Zombie) as some of their influences when it comes to music. After one mixtape and two EP’s, the band would release their debut album United States Of Horror on May 5, 2017 via Deathkult Records. I discovered the group all thanks to Corey Taylor of Slipknot and his Halloween playlist as he included the group on the list among others. The album was listed at number 38 on Loud & Quiet’s Top 40 Albums of 2017 list while Kerrang! listed it at number 40 on their Kerrang!’s Albums of 2017 list.

5264041. U.S.H.- An intro track that is basically a little girl saying the groups version of the Pledge Of Allegiance. 4/5

2. War Is Hell– a techno like trap music that is all about how the group go against the grain and establishment and they are unapologetic about it. 4.5/5

3. Street Power– a track that mixes elements of Punk Rock along with the trap/hip hop sound and it works very well in this song all about the people taking the streets back. 4.5/5

4. Face Tatt– a track that would make The Prodigy with it’s Firestarter like sound and the songs is as chaotic as the lyrics are. 4/5

5. When Death Calls– an interlude or intro that is just weird with a woman I think saying the title of the track. 4/5

6. Bleed War– a bad ass track that has a little bit of Nu Metal feel to it with a little bit of an industrial/punk feel. I think the track is all about how politicians sell your soul for war. 5/5

Ho99o9-United-States-of-Horror-Exclusive-Cassette-2253440-1_1024x10247. Moneymachine– The track is very eerie in the beginning and it carries an element of that throughout the track with that electronic hip hop sound in this track about how money talks. 4/5

8. Splash– a horrorcore track at heart through and through in this song that is all about living it up and don’t worry about the other stuff. 4.5/5

9. Knuckle Up– another industrial rap/rock track that is one of my favorite tracks on this album cause it’s high energy and packs a hell of a punch in this pump up track. 5/5

10. Dekay-another industrial electronic punk track that I have no idea what he is saying in this track 4/5

11. Sub-Zer0– a punk rock track that showcases how different these guys can be if they want to and how broad their music horizons are. 5/5

12. Feels Like…– Another interlude on the record 4/5

13. City Rejects– Another punk rock song that kicks ass on the album that has a little of a Sex Pistols flair to it attitude wise. I think it’s a track about the underground scene. 4.5/5

Ho99o9-620x30014. Hydrolics-a trap song and all he wants is hydraulics on his ride. 4/5

15. New Jersey Devil-a Motorhead like punk song that all of a sudden slows down during the verse before it picks up again with some fury. I believe he’s talking about the streets of Jersey and how it can be war on the streets. There is this intense moment with some heavy drums and bass that kicks ass. 5/5

16. United States of Horror– The title track is more of a industrial rap/metal track in this track all about the bad boys rising up and taking over. 4.5/5

17. Blaqq Hole-The last track on the album and it starts off very weirdly almost like you are in a horror film. It’s more of a long outro that ends the album. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– These guys are super creative and I love how they mix so many styles that we already know work well with each other. I love the infusion of Industrial, Punk, Metal, Trap, Electronic, and so many more. They have since released two more EP’s, but I am definitely looking forward to a second album. Check out this album, I am giving it 4.4 stars out of 5 for a final grade.

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.

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.