Industrial metal's take on modern America can often feel histrionic and full of apocalyptic overkill. But in Donald Trump the USA has delivered a target ripe for this treatment. and AmeriKKKant feels like a measured response to the times. Al Jourgensen's decision to revive Ministry feels apt ….
Ministry's 14th record, and first on Nuclear Blast, should be a no-brainer, a furious screed against Donald Trump and the alt-right set to the industrial metal sound that Ministry perfected decades ago. Frontman Al Jourgensen has trod this territory many times before, sampling George H.W. Bush's voice into "N.W.O." back in 1992, and dialling things up on 2006's Rio Grande Blood, which featured another George Bush claiming to be a "brutal dictator."
On Amerikkkant, it's possible that Jourgensen let his anger get in the way of his musicianship.
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Uncle Al decided we haven't had enough of Ministry yet, so he resurrected the beast for a second time. To be honest, the songwriting was rusty on Relapse and while From Beer to Eternity had its moments, it was all supposed to lead to an end (again). Touring recommenced in 2015 (good news for fans, as live they are still top-notch), plus a new album was announced last year.
I've been a Ministry fan for a very long time. Almost 30 years. For me, it all started with their amazing The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989) album. I saw them live on that same tour. It scared the hell out of me and I was hooked. From there I dug into their back catalog, and came to enjoy ….