Release date: 14 July 1992
Style: Industrial metal, Post-Punk

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8.4 | 170 votes

Owners:

235 have it
9 want it
1 trades it


01. N.W.O
02. Just One Fix
03. TV II
04. Hero
05. Jesus Built My Hotrod
06. Scare Crow
07. Psalm 69
08. Corrosion
09. Grace

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Just a decade ago, Ministry broke out from its 80's synth-dance music with a pretty little album called Psalm 69. With repetitive, snarling guitars, hellish vocals, weird screams and pounding drums; Ministry became sort of the antagonist band to all that was available in the music market at that time.

The album kicks off with the great 'N.W.O', a track that uses one of George Bush's speeches, giving a sort of aggressive political twist to the song. This track gives just a little taste to what will the rest of the album will be. Next is 'Just One Fix', a song with weird screams, repetitive guitars. Just brutal, raw industrial metal. 'Hero' and 'TV II' are just as aggressive and intriguing as the last two. 'Jesus Built My Hotrod' is probably the best song of the entire CD. With the collaboration of the Butthole Surfers? singer, Gibby Haines and its unbelievably silly lyrics, this is one of the most tuneful track ever made by Ministry. After this, the album moves into a much slower pace. I mean, 75 minutes of pure ear-pounding industrial would be quite annoying for anyone. 'Scarecrow' is a slow, calm track that uses a guitar riff similar to 'When The Levee Breaks', definitely a refreshing song. The last two tracks are a bunch of nightmarish yells and noise. The first track is appropriately named 'Corrosion' and the last one has the ironic title of 'Grace'.

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published 03.10.2003 | Comments (8)

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BoxCar Willy - 03.04.2012 at 21:46  
Rating: 9 Must own.
M C Vice - 31.05.2012 at 10:24  
Rating: 7
Written by BoxCar Willy on 03.04.2012 at 21:46

Must own.

Just bought it. I only wanted the album with Jesus Built My Hotrod, but, for only $20, got a pack of 5 albums (Twitch throuth to this one, including a live album). So basically, I've got 4 disks of bonus stuff!
Mr. Doctor - 31.05.2012 at 11:55  
Rating: 8
Written by M C Vice on 31.05.2012 at 10:24
I only wanted the album with Jesus Built My Hotrod


That track is awesome indeed. I enjoy the whole cd though
M C Vice - 31.05.2012 at 12:35  
Rating: 7
Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.05.2012 at 11:55

Written by M C Vice on 31.05.2012 at 10:24
I only wanted the album with Jesus Built My Hotrod


That track is awesome indeed. I enjoy the whole cd though

Are the 3 albums before it good? Jesus... is the only ministry song I've heard.
Mr. Doctor - 31.05.2012 at 13:16  
Rating: 8
Written by M C Vice on 31.05.2012 at 12:35

Are the 3 albums before it good? Jesus... is the only ministry song I've heard.


Ministry's evolution in sound is pretty interesting to say the list. Craig (BitterCOld) used a term which I think is perfect: Reverse sell-out.

You see, these guys started as a New Wave band, yeah... Let that sink in for a few minutes. The first album is Totally New Wave/synthpop. It's good for those who appreacite the style Then they started to go more and more into industrial.

Psalm 69 is one of their best albums imo, this is the point when Ministry trully embraces the term industrial metal and they were one of the bands that pioneered the style. You should totally give "The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste" a chance. Not only because it has a really cool title but because it's also one of the most influencial albums for the genre. So many big names like Fear Factory own one thing or two to that album. So yeah... You should go for that one.

Here, have a taste:
Thieves (One of their most classic songs... and one of the most classic industrial metal songs too).
Burning Inside (Intense shit with perfect and hella agressive vocals

You kind of want to check out all their albums because their style varies a lot so you never know what you are going to like. But "The Mind..." is a must. Other great albums I know (I haven't heard all their releases yet) are Animositisomina, Houses Of The Molé, Rio Grande Blood and The Last Sucker.

But specially Rio Grande Blood. Just check out this track... Deliciously vicious Industrial/thrash. Just listen to 3:22... Or this track at 3:58 They are basically playing Slayer meets machines if not out-playing Slayer all the way.
So yeah dude... Get your homework done. Hopefully you'll dig the stuff I recommended.
M C Vice - 01.06.2012 at 10:54  
Rating: 7
Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.05.2012 at 13:16

Written by M C Vice on 31.05.2012 at 12:35





I had Psalm 69 in my car today. Tracks 4-7 are real good, the others arn't bad. If Twitch, Land of..., Mind... and In Case You... are of similar quality, then I think I got a real bargin at $4 a disc.
Mr. Doctor - 01.06.2012 at 12:11  
Rating: 8
Written by M C Vice on 01.06.2012 at 10:54

Written by Mr. Doctor on 31.05.2012 at 13:16

Written by M C Vice on 31.05.2012 at 12:35





I had Psalm 69 in my car today. Tracks 4-7 are real good, the others arn't bad. If Twitch, Land of..., Mind... and In Case You... are of similar quality, then I think I got a real bargin at $4 a disc.


I don't promise anything of Twich because that's the album when the guys were getting out of the new wave thing and go more industrial. But still no metal... The Metal begins in Land Of and culminates in this album.

Those tracks are good but I would say the strongest part of this album is 1-6. Tracks like N.W.O and specially Just One Fix are incredibly powerful, effective and show how much influence they have over so many other industrial metal bands, they own them so much just for the drums alone hahaha. "The mind..." is definitely the strongest of the first bunch of cds though. Be sure to check out their later period too, specially Rio Grande Blood.

"In Case..." is a live cd btw but a really good one. It's a short setlist but without any filler at all. Only classy shit from their old period that works great live.
Angelic Storm - 01.06.2012 at 18:55  
  This was the very first industrial album I ever heard, and it did leave a profound effect on me. In particular, the track "Scarecrow" which is still one of the most monumental pieces of music I've ever heard.
Lit. - 02.06.2012 at 01:29  
  Honestly, I don't know if I like this or The Mind... more. I think I'm choosing The Mind simply for So What?
Cuca Beludo - 29.08.2012 at 22:48  
  Amazed by its originality.
megadeath13 - 17.11.2012 at 15:37  
  An original sounding Industrial Album with lots of great tunes. You can hear, that Rammstein is influenced by them.
Zombie - 19.03.2014 at 02:00  
  Does anyone know how do you pronounce the album name in latin ?

PS: I know the album's name is Psalm 69
Lit. - 19.03.2014 at 02:15  
 
Written by Zombie on 19.03.2014 at 02:00

PS: I know the album's name is Psalm 69

...69
69
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69
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69...


Sorry, couldn't resist.

If you're referring the current title, it's not a Latin word. It's greek meaning "head." I assume it is, at least. That's what it says on Wiki.

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