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Ministry – Moral Hygiene (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ministry – Moral Hygiene (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/44,1kHz | Time – 47:10 minutes | 604 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Nuclear Blast

Moral Hygiene comes on the heels of Ministry’s acclaimed 2018 album AmeriKKKant (hailed by Loudwire as Jourgensen’s own “state of the union” address) that was written as a reaction to Donald J. Trump being elected president-though Jourgensen says this new album is more informational and reflective in tone. “With AmeriKKKant I was in shock that Trump won. I didn’t know what to do, but I knew I had to do something. Because I believe if you are a musician or an artist you should be expressing what’s going on around you through your art. It’s going to happen whether you do it consciously or unconsciously. Moral Hygiene however has progressed even further into a cautionary tale of what will happen if we don’t act. There’s less rage, but there’s more reflection and I bring in some guests to help cement that narrative.”

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Ministry – Animositisomina (2003) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Ministry – Animositisomina
Artist: Ministry | Album: Animositisomina | Style: Industrial, Metal | Year: 2003 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, Dolby AC3 5.1 48kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 10 | Size: ~3.76 Gb | Recovery: 3% | Covers: in archive | Release: Sanctuary | 5.1 Label Group | Silverline (288132-9), 2003 | Note: Not Watermarked

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Ministry – Amerikkkant (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Ministry – Amerikkkant (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 47:59 minutes | 594 MB | Genre: Metal
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © Nuclear Blast

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. The samples have become almost overpowering, turning tracks like “Twilight Zone” and the eponymous title track into right-wing media mashups. The rhetoric is past expiry too, cycling through familiar slams on “fake news” and “MAGA” which, while still relevant, felt old this time last year. It’s low-hanging fruit, surprising from a singer who is usually one of metal’s most biting social critics.

Al Jourgensen’s signature vocal bark remains unchanged, but things have slowed down musically. Fans of Ministry’s lightning-fast thrash moments will be disappointed by the record’s grinding pace, making Fear Factory singer Burton C. Bell’s guest spot on “We’re Tired of It” an instant highlight. However, it can’t save Amerikkkant from feeling like Ministry’s potential is locked in second-gear. Al Jourgensen has the passion and the intent, now all he needs are the songs.

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