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Houses of the Molé

Houses of the Molé

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by Ministry

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A few things have changed since Ministry launched their last aural assault on the masses, the most obvious being the split between longtime collaborators Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker. Operating as an army of one, Jourgensen uses Houses of the Molé to pursue his every whim, both sonic and psychic -- the latter of which comes into


A few things have changed since Ministry launched their last aural assault on the masses, the most obvious being the split between longtime collaborators Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker. Operating as an army of one, Jourgensen uses Houses of the Molé to pursue his every whim, both sonic and psychic -- the latter of which comes into play in the disc's unflaggingly feral assault on the current occupant of the White House. In the tradition of The Land of Rape and Honey and Psalm 69, Molé is absolutely apoplectic, combining jackboot guitar lines (mostly from Mike Scaccia, late of Rigor Mortis) and soundbite collages, over which Jourgensen airs his laundry list of grievances. "No W" (which incorporates a bit of Carl Orff's La Fortuna) sets the tone perfectly, its grandiose roar suggesting a fascist rally in full bloom. The ensuing pieces -- all of which, "in honor" of George Bush, begin with the letter "W" -- follow suit, taking on everything from media overkill (on the purposefully ugly "Warp City") to economic injustice (the core of the Killing Joke–styled bulldozer "Worthless"). The volume level drops only once, on "Worm," a disquieting allegory that finds Jourgensen crooning (after a fashion) over an eerily tranquil soundscape veined with spaghetti-western harmonica wheezes. Houses of the Molé isn't a particularly groundbreaking effort in terms of sonics, but Jourgensen sounds absolutely invigorated as a topical writer. Anger is a powerful thing.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Released in 2003, Animositisomina might've brought Ministry back from the dead, but it's Houses of the Molé that fully resurrects everyone's favorite ghoul. Guv-hating Al Jourgensen is back, and he's siphoned the gas from Jesus' hotrod for a new squadron of industro-thrash devil machines. In music and platform, Molé is like a rebroadcast from the year 1992, and that's exactly Jourgensen's point. Hate the new boss, same as the old boss. Where once there was "N.O.W.," there is now "No W," and a new batch of soundbites to paint the Prez as a spooky Orwellian snake trader. Jourgensen's words are a blunt-edged rant. "Ask me why you feel deceived/And stripped of all your liberties/It doesn't take a genius to explain that today." His cynicism is bolted to rabid programmed beats and Mike Scaccia's roaring guitar; in the background nihilism sharpens its teeth with a Rambo knife. In this way Molé carries through nine official tracks. They all start with "W"; they're all stripped of everything but stuttering, unforgiving percussion, tuneless blasts of guitar, and Jourgensen's acid spit. Psalm 69 was a similar screed, but it had arrangements and even some biting sarcasm. There's just corrosion 12 years later, as any levity's scraped, melted, and reshaped into ammunition for a new fight. With Molé, Jourgensen has mobilized the fatalism and fury that always rumbled through industrial and thrash music, and left everything else in the staging area. There are detours, but they're to places no "good" citizens go. "Warp City" teems in its own twisted amorality, while "WTV" is the Ludovico technique turned in on itself, a numbing tumble of media snippets beaming through shards of industrial waste. (The Law & Order drop-in is notable and telling.) "World" breaks the album's relentless thrashing pace, and hopes for a planet "where people aren't afraid," but it's still guided by an undercurrent of pessimism. Instead of empty wishes, Ministry offers buckets of clenching bile. There are no melodies here, no innovation. Creativity has hardened into apathy; it's gone into hiding until the culture war ends. Houses of the Molé isn't really music, it's hard tack -- sustenance for wartime.

Product Details

Release Date:
Sanctuary Records


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  2. Waiting
  3. Worthless
  4. Wrong
  5. Warp City
  6. WTV
  7. World
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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ministry   Primary Artist
Mark Baker   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Jourgensen   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Mike Scaccia   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Carl Wayne   Background Vocals
John Monte   Bass,Background Vocals
Max Brody   Saxophone
Angie Jay   Background Vocals
Odin Myers   Background Vocals
Turner Vanblarcum   DJ

Technical Credits

Jourgensen   Composer,Programming,Producer
Max Brody   Programming
Lawton Outlaw   Artwork,Art Direction,Cover Art

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Houses of the Molé 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is indeed a masterpice and will not be forgotten. Not since I found an orginal sealed copy of the 12-Inch singles have i been so excited about a Ministry album. A devoted fan I have gone out and purchased every album avaible including some classic studio recordings I found in Dallas, but I do have to say I was concerned with were Ministry was going musicaly, from early 80's pop group to over edge industrial-rock to Gabber core and now there back to the roots you go AL.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am typically not someone who writes online album reviews. However, after listening to a an online stream of the entire album (supported by the artist), I felt I must do my job to spread the word. This album is unbelievable. This album is the proper followup to Psalm 69 we have all been waiting 12 years for. Where Animositisomina alluded to a Ministry getting back on track after the relatively disappointing Filth Pig and utterly forgettable Dark Side of the Spoon, Houses of the Mole proves they are back in top form. Stylistically, this album falls somewhere between Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste and Psalm 69. Driving, clean guitars are back and the slow-dirge guitars of recent albums are out. Al's vocals are suberb, scathing as ever, and again hearken back to the glory days of Ministry, as opposed to more recent offerings. One particular welcome return is the use of heavy, heavy sampling, characteristic of Ministry in their heyday. Particularly abundant are the fascist sound bites from Dubya--that really show that Minisistry is best when they are pissed. What is most suprising, however, is that perhaps more so than any Ministry album, even the old time favorites, this album is solid front-to- back. Typically Ministry albums are characterized by a few really good songs and a number of so-so tunes. This album is top-notch through and through. The songs are well-written and have a very "full" feel (for lack of a better term) that has been missing since Psalm 69. I have been listening to it non-stop and have faithfully put in my order for Houses of the Mole so I can get my hands on the real deal asap. If one good thing can come out of having Dubya in office, its that Ministry's music has improved dramatically for it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Plain and simple this is the album we have all been waiting for since psalm 69. it is typical of all there albums in the fact that it starts out by blowing a hole in your skull then towards the end slows to a grinding slow death. if I were to make a short film for this album here is how it would go you see a sweet muscle car coming down the road it pulls up next to you the jet black window rolls down and there sits the hottest chick you ever dated (you know the freaky one that likes leather). She smiles and says its been along time hasn’t it. Then she smiles stroking the outside of your leg with no warning she grabs your junk as hard as she can gives a good strong twist and floors it dragging you along behind the car never slowing once, careening around the corners bouncing you off the guardrails and oncoming traffic. Only to come to a screeching halt and then do a slow painful grind like only ministry can do leaving you breathless felling violated and helpless but begging for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not a long time Ministry fan, in fact, HOTM is my first Ministry record. But in the few short days since buying Houses of the Mole, I haven't gotten the CD out of my stereo. Here are some of my favorite tracks: "No W", which I first heard on TV is the reason why I bought this album. It's an excellent start to the record. The speed metal guitars, classical music, and George Bush samples give this song a real apocalyptic feeling to it. The 2nd song, "Waiting", has awesome lyrics, even though they're simple. They sum up what I feel about religion (so I personally like the song), and it could be seen as an indirect shot against George Bush because of his strong Christian beliefs. "Worthless" is the next track, and it's one of the more melodic songs on this album. I especially like the chorus. It's one of the few songs that isn't about Bush,Jr., at least I don't think it is. Track 5, "Warp City" is my favorite song on this album. It's melodic too, and I think it's even catchy. But don't get me wrong, it's super fast. And the sample that starts the song is the one of the best samples in the entire album. "WTV" is even more relentless when it comes to speed and samples. It has plenty of Dubya samples and TV commercials! The other tracks, "Wrong", "World", and "WKYJ" aren't bad or filler by any stretch of the imagination. They make the album more diverse in fact. The only track I don't care for is "Worm". It's a song I just don't like. HOTM also has at least 2 bonus tracks, which are just reworks of "No W" and "Worm". I've read on the internet that some CD's come with 5 bonus tracks, or something like that. Houses of the Mole rules! I hope to see Ministry when they tour!