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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
Ministry
Rantology
Sanctuary Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


December 1, 2005
Al Jorgensen can be held responsible for several things: the "godfather of industrial rock" helped launch such music into the mainstream and paved the way for less than tasteless acts such as White Zombie, Static-X and countless other Nu-Metal bands that are finally endangered. Al can also be held accountable for producing some of the rawest, most intense and politically charged music this side of System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine. No matter how you look at it, Al Jorgensen's most successful pseudo satire crew certainly made their mark on underground music, but they continue to release albums for what seem to be monetary or self-indulgent reasons.

Once a prosperous innovation machine, Ministry is starting to become a mockery of themselves by continually dishing out sub-par releases, including this anthology rightfully named Rantology. Is there really a need for a remixed, "best of", live album that includes a never-heard-before song? Probably not.

Anyone familiar with Ministry's earlier work will recognize "N.W.O", "Psalms 69", "Stigmata", and of course their biggest and most recognizable song, "Jesus Built My Hotrod". But have you heard the version of "N.W.O" that starts off with the manipulated George Bush liner that says "I'm George W. Bush and I think I am the first president to ever say 'vote for me' - I look forward to blowing up America"? Man that Al is crazy, and no you haven't.

The rest of Rantology includes remixed songs from such heavyweight albums as 2003's Animositisomina with "Animosity" and "Unsung Alternate", Dark Side of The Spoon's "Bad Blood Alternate Mix", A couple selections from last year's Houses of the Mole as well as a song for a video game called "Bloodlines" - all of which consist of the thrashy guitars and programmed keyboards and synth lines that Ministry is known for. No new ground has been broken since their inception and Rantology offers no more insight into Ministry's songcraft or any new plights of political ideology.

Even with the unreleased "The Great Satan", Ministry fails to conjure anything more than a rehashed assault on Bush, Bin Laden and your nerves. All the makings of a Ministry song are heard within, including voice samples from George W, unintelligible lyrics, a heated tempo and some of the most corrupt guitar riffs I've heard from the band. At this point, it's just not enough. Here we have a "best of" anthology that contains music selections from what some would consider to be the band's weakest efforts, either remixed or cut live. The questions remain: where's "Breathe", "Land of Rape and Honey", "So What", "Burning Inside" , "Just One Fix," or the countless other songs that help build Ministry's following into social acceptance and politically incorrectness?

At one time considered contemporary innovators, Ministry continues to struggle between their early- to mid-nineties warm reception, and the band's burgeoning attempt to climb back to the top; Al's not going to find either of the two with this unnecessary release. Even as Rantology marks the 25th anniversary of the founders of the industrial revolution of rock, this anthology gives a rather poor report into the mind of innovation, and more than likely, Rantology isn't going to retain any old fans or win over any new ones.

Reviewed by Mark Taylor
A senior LAS staff writer, Mark Taylor is a 29 year old father of a 5 year old son and husband to a wife of 6 years, living the simple life in a small suburb of Charlotte, NC.

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