HOUSES OF THE
SANCTUARY, SHOWTIME RELEASE:
JUNE 22, 2004 REVIEW: JUNE
2 , 2004
I was 16, a friend and I totally cleared
a dance floor with our wild flailing
and kicking. People were afraid of
us and with every right, because we
were listening to "Jesus Built
My Hot Rod". Nothing could stop
us or hold us back. The feeling of
total freedom and aggression was exhilarating.
of the Molé" gives me
that same feeling. Maybe it is not
as well produced as the last album
the drums are a bit dry – but
all in all, it is the best album Ministry
have put out since "The Mind
Is a Terrible Thing to Taste"
and "Psalm 69". After the
intro with Orff’s "Carmina
Burana" and samples, "Houses
of the Molé" kicks into
full gear and doesn’t really
slow down until "Worm" –
the last track on the record, and
a song which is as heavy as "Scarecrow"
but with a catchier chorus.
is Ministry as a punk band, with wild,
fast and driving guitars, guttural
lyrics and a load of great samples.
The sheer unity and aggression is
so intimidating and impressive that
it is hard to pick any special songs,
but the trio "Warp City"
(the new "Jesus Built My Hot
Rod"), "WTV" and "World"
is breathtaking and heavy as lead.
don’t even have to share Al
Jourgensen’s criticism of the
Bush administration to be totally
knocked out by "Houses of the
Molé". It is so great
that the music actually transcends
the message. But if you do share Jourgensen’s
political viewpoint, this is definitely
the best and most important album
y’all have to excuse me –
I have to go find a dance floor to