The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Tasteby Ministry
In what many consider to be Ministry's peak, the band creates another wonderful album to follow The Land of Rape and Honey. Fusing thrash guitars with excellent synth and percussion work, Ministry lay the foundation for even more followers of the band's music. But what makes the album even more commendable is the unique flair and the avoidance of cliché elements that have brought down the guitar-heavy industrial-rock genre. Purists might argue that Ministry have given up these roots; but it's plain to see that the roots remain, and are only revamped by the necessary progression of a band that has been around for so many years. The sound is Ministry's, most definitely.
- Release Date:
- Sire / London/Rhino
Performance CreditsMinistry Primary Artist
Martin Atkins Background Vocals
Jeff Ward Background Vocals
Technical CreditsChris Connelly Composer
Paul Barker Composer
Hypo Luxa Producer
Hermes Pan Producer
Bill Rieflin Composer
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OUTSTANDING!!!! MY EARS LOVE IT!
This album well would have to be one of those classic albums that came out its own time. This would have to better then The Land of Rape and Honey, I hate to say it.
This is still my favorite MINISTRY album. I love the speed metal type sound. Wish more of their albums were more like this one.
This album practically defined industrial music at it's peak. It was interesting to watch Ministry progress from a bad 80s new-wave synth-pop band into this crunching, aggressive Industrial powerhouse. Unfortunately Al and the crew failed to slam the brakes on the progression and now Ministry is a flat out Heavy Metal band. A shame. They could have kept it up had they only kept the sound they produced on this album and ''The Land of Rape and Honey''. Ministry, please, come back to where you belong. Bring back the pounding industrial beats, the keyboards and the wild sampling. The guitar is great when used appropriately and sparingly. Leave the metal to the metal bands. Come back. Industrial needs you.
Engineers: Keith Auerbach, David Ogilvie, Jeff Newell. For its second major-label album (following THE LAND OF RAPE AND HONEY), Ministry combined elements of industrial, punk rock, heavy metal, and hard-beat techno. In doing so, the band forged the mold copied by countless other American bands--from Nine Inch Nails to Marilyn Manson. MIND opens with the one-two punch of ''Thieves'' and ''Burning Inside.'' The first features a whip-fast chorus, punctuated by samples of the drill-like sound of an automatically rewinding camera, that sets off the obsessive anger of the verses. In the second, vocalist Al Jourgensen's slightly phased vocals cut across razor-sharp bursts of guitar and a massive drum sound. Both songs are fast, aggressive, and quite brilliant. ''Cannibal Song'' and ''So What'' sound like super-heavy outtakes from Public Image Limited's METAL BOX / SECOND EDITION. ''Test'' almost falls into the trap of white boys playing at rap but is saved by its crunching, hypnotic guitar line and screeching feedback. The record's masterstroke is ''Breathe.'' The pummeling, double-tracked percussion leads Jourgensen's commanding vocal delivery as the song spirals on and on, the fade-out suggesting that the song could have gone on forever. If only Ministry's children sounded as good as this. An American classic.
Ministry's The Mind is a Terrible thing to Taste is not only a great industrial album, but one of the greatest albums ever made.