You have to question if it's going to be a very good Ministry album when you start listening to the thing and you have to wait a few minutes before anything remotely interesting happens... ha ha ha So yeah, here's the new Ministry CD. The band is apparently back from the dead, even though Al Jourgensen swore up and down back in 2008 that Ministry would never ever EVER get back together. Yeah right! Integrity? Fuck that. There are bills to be paid and habits to be supported and so you have this Relapse release, which has the band sounding a bit more Industrial, a little bit more Noisy, and still just as Intense as they ever were. Once this thing gets going it's pretty fucking pungent. Mr. Jourgensen sounds in fine form vocally, and I'm glad he's gotten that whole 'Bush is Satan' thing out of his system. All the samples and loops on here are randomly bizarre, as opposed to being just George Bush saying stupid stuff. That schtick got old real quick. Sonically this CD sounds good. Loud as fuck drum machines battle with screaming guitars playing fast as fuck riffs all with vokills layered and slathered in heaping servings all on top of it all. There's a random S.O.D. cover right smack dab in the middle of things that has to be heard to be believed, and it definitely threw me for a loop. United Forces? Really? Why a S.O.D. cover? Your guess is as good as mine. LOL Look, it's Ministry, you know what they're all about. I'm a fan and I liked this album. If you're a fan you will too. It's not their best release, but it definitely doesn't suck. Standout tracks on here include Freefall, Double Tap, Weekend Warrior and the title track. Everything else is pretty much fluffy throw away, which is kind of sad. A CD that's 50% good is better than no CD, right? Right! An interesting release from Ministry. Available from 13th Planet Records.
Oh my gawd is this a fantastic release from Die Laughing, one of the sickest, ugliest sounding bands that ever gigged locally here in Las Vegas. They just recently relocated to CA. but to me they're always gonna be an amazing Local band with a ferocious Punk sound. They're like an amalgamation of bands like, Antisect, Corrosion Of Conformity, Neurosis and Napalm Death all combined into one fast, furious angry bastard offspring. Equal parts Punk, Metal, Hardcore, Thrash, Noise and Grind. I've seen these guys play many, many times and they've killed it each and every time I've seen them play. This CD sounds great. It's a collection of everything the band has ever recorded, finally available on CD for the 1st time ever. Except for the new stuff recorded at Chrome Werewolf, I have all of this stuff, but I had to convert in from a cassette tape to MP3 in order to listen to it, but you won't have that problem now, will ya? Larry's voice sounds impressive, running the gamut from Demonic Soul possessor to Angry Skater Kid, all the while playing some noisy ass sludgy guitar riffs that barely keep up with what Bob on drums is playing. Bob, in case you don't know, is a head chopper behind a drum kit. You've been warned, that's all I'm saying. Jon on bass provides some thunderous bottom end to it all, as well as providing some lead vocals on some songs too. Bob sings lead vocals as well, like on their cover of Black Flag's Gimme Gimme Gimme (Hi! I'm gonna sing you a shitty cover tune!) but I can't really tell who's singing what on some songs because they all kind of sound alike when they're yelling and screaming. Doesn't detract from the songs one bit though. Shit on here is fucking impressive. Listen to some of the better songs on here like Got Answers, Death Camp, Boiling Point, Do For Me or Out Of Sight to see how kick ass Die Laughing are. All the songs are relatively short, which keeps things from getting boring, and there's a few great instrumentals on here like 702 Thrash and I'm Doomed that will have you wondering why lyrics weren't included with them, because they're just that damn good. I could of done without the Rap song at the end though, because, well, that Rap shit is just ghey... ha ha ha Go to the Die Laughing Facebook page by clicking here and get a copy of this CD immediately. You will not regret it. Guaranteed. It's that good. :-)
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