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Ministry - Animositisomina (9/10) - USA - 2003

Genre: Industrial Metal
Label: Mayan Records
Playing time: 53:57
Band homepage: Ministry


  1. Animosity
  2. Unsung
  3. Piss
  4. Lockbox
  5. Broken
  6. The Light Pours Out Of Me
  7. Shove
  8. Impossible
  9. Stolen
  10. Leper
Ministry - Animositisomina
What else can one write about this band, who during its career revolutionized and changed a whole music style and is practically not possible to replace in the Rock genre. What band can until today gather fans of Rock, Heavy Metal, Punk or Industrial, and satisfy them with their unique music.

With the album from 1992 "Psalm 69" we witness the commercial high-light that is left behind, the following albums "Filth Pig" (1996) and "Dark Side Of The Spoon" (1999) can be also define as very successful, even if they were not fitted with that amount of hits and lashed out a fat brick against those out for "fast food". With notably less chart breakers but still definable as MINISTRY the fans kept to they're band even if the time between the released albums was big. What else was left for them, with no other comparable and equally qualitative acts in this genre of Industrial Rock music?

But the genial duo Alain Jourgensen and Paul Barker have only the best in their mind for the fans and now finally, after a label change from Warner Bros. Records to Mayan/Sanctuary Records, they release a brutal and beautiful successor, which often reaches the extremes and has a provides a lot of earwigs. The ingredients of this hammering CD resembling the older albums are the hypnotizing drums, strained growls, crazy samples and killing riffs. "Animositisomina" is more accessible then the predecessor, needing less first contact attempts and is receiving the listener with open arms so after that it can fell him up.

There is no trace of old-fashioned or trite and maybe the switching of label had an important role in the subconscious, so the new album can sound fresh and full of life. Who knows, fact is, that whoever thinks that MINISTRY are a seemingly dead band in the rock business, will see now that this is not the case with this one and with "Animositisomina" gets a pretty rude, but exalted piece of noise. Arguments for this undisputable thesis are fast mentioned and respond to names like "Unsung", "Piss", "Broken" or "Impossible". And that's why you should never leave MINISTRY out of the calculations, because its doesn't matter how long they stay stealthy; they always reappear out of nowhere and throw some awesome album like this one. How can you put it different, then good to have you. Thanks MINISTRY! (Online May 8, 2003)

Alexander Ehringer

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