MINISTRY

(UNITED STATES)

MORAL HYGIENE

(2021)
LABEL:

NUCLEAR BLAST

GENRE:

INDUSTRIAL METAL

TAGS:
Dissonant, Low vocals, Punk
""Moral Hygiene" is the fifteenth studio album of Ministry which confirms its renaissance since its return."
ADRIANSTORK (08.12.2021)  
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Ministry is one of the pioneers of industrial metal and has always had a political speech. The pandemic of 2020 could only inspire the band's leader, its frontman Al Jourgensen, in battle against the state of society and politics. "Moral Hygiene", the fifteenth studio album of the Americans with a deliciously retro 50's cover, appears as a reflection on the state of society.

If lyrics and federative slogans ('Let's Get Ready'. 'Believe Me') balance the furious madness of the previous album, the content of this "Moral Hygiene" has not become harmless for all that. Ministry's sound is still focused on the circles of hell on which massive beats sound like jackhammers, distorted and sharp guitars (here played by Cesar Sotto and Monte Pittman, Madonna's guitarist since 2001), looping samples and thundering keyboards effects (played by Prong John Bechdel) are placed.

Al Jourgensen's vocals are much less distorted than in the past, venturing into tones where Killing Joke's Jaz Coleman rules. This way of no longer moving forward masked behind studio effects makes the subject matter more sincere and touching, which does not however mean appeased. 'Sabotage Is Sex' sees the appearance of a returnee from the past, another brother of discord, Jello Biafra, singer emeritus of the Dead Kennedys, with his particular phrasing well recognizable. At his best, Al Jourgensen has always left room for the unexpected, expanding his music into new territories. A harmonica coming out of the darkness, an Indian intro, the delirious appearance of a surf guitar in the middle of a real sound bombardment... 'Believe Me', the top of the album, changes the rhythmic signatures with brilliance (excellent alternation between heavy passages and acoustic guitars), flirting with the metal prog. 

On the other hand, some tracks seem to be on autopilot, like the Stooges cover 'Search And Destroy', despite the riffs of Billy Morrison (Billy Idol), or 'We Shall Resist'. As for 'Death Toll', formed on a synthetic loop on which samples on the death counts of the Coronavirus turn inexorably in loop, in spite of its assembly is well realized and its relevant message, it loses in effectiveness with the wire of the listening.

Ministry is back. Despite some heaviness, the pope of metal-indus chose to preach a more optimistic message without betraying his music. If "Moral Hygiene" still invites you to dance under the bombs, its listening is amply recommended.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Alert Level
02. Good Trouble
03. Sabotage Is Sex
04. Disinformation
05. Search And Destroy
06. Believe Me
07. Broken System
08. We Shall Resist
09. Death Toll
10. TV Song #6 (Right Around The Corner Mix)

LINEUP:
Al Jourgensen: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Batterie
Arabian Prince: Chant / Invité
Billy Morrison: Guitares / Invité
Cesar Soto: Guitares / Invité
Flash: Invité / Sitar
Jello Biafra: Chant / Invité
John Bechdel: Claviers / Invité
Paul D'amour: Basse / Invité
Roy Mayorga: Batterie / Invité
   
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