Ministry - _Animositisomina_
by: Xander Hoose (
When I was young, Ministry were my heroes. It used to drive my parents nuts, because no matter how hard they tried, they couldn't understand what was to like about this militant, cold, machinal music. I tried to explain them it wasn't about understanding, but about feeling it and experiencing it. My adoration peaked when I saw them play live at a festival. The seamless integration between songs from different albums, the total darkness and vile aggression coming from the stage, it was every metalhead's wet dream. Not very long after that event, Ministry released their _Filth Pig_ album and the downfall set in.I'm not insinuating I didn't like _Filth Pig_; in fact, I think it's a really good album with some really strong songs ("The Game Show", "Dead Guy", "Filth Pig"), but it was different from what everybody expected and lacked the vital Ministry essence. It took Ministry four years to release a successor that was even worse than _Filth Pig_ as it had outdated songs, a sloppy production, and the wrong attitude. The tour and the album were both no success, and the band faded into the background once more.With the release of their live album and DVD _Sphinctour_ in 2002, rumours about a new album became the talk of the day once more. After being postponed time after time, _Animositisomina_ is now finally released and shows Ministry reaching back to what made _The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste_ and _Psalm 69_ such vital albums. Its cold militant riffing and drumming combined with haunted vocals are indeed a firm reminder of the early '90s when Ministry was on top of the bill. There are no more experiments -- unless you consider a Magazine cover experimental -- no depressive songs, no humor, only pure anger and frustration.Even though _Animositisomina_ is a very decent Ministry album in itself, this is the album Ministry should have made after _Psalm 69_. I can't help but realize that this album is quite outdated. The production, the songs; they would have been absolute killer material in 1995 but we're almost ten years later now and music like this has already been adapted and evolved by other bands. Considering the latest releases of modern Ministry clones Static X, it's hard to see Ministry in any other light than a dinosaur trying to keep up with the tides of time.
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