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Psalm 69: The Way To Succeed And The Way To Suck Eggs

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  • “Psalm 69,” Ministry’s fifth album, released in 1992, which was the follow-up to “The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste,” is very dark and acidic but also equally as rhythmic. It’s full of rigid (yet non-dominating) guitars, thumping drums, and rather raspy vocals. This album is worth buying just for the mighty catchy hit single “Jesus Built My Hot Rod.” I’ve heard this song (fairly accurately) described as sounding like a square dance at a mental hospital. Here, guest vocalist Gibby Haynes spouts nonsense scat like “ding a ding dang my dang a long ling long.” But that isn’t the only good song on here. Another high point is the album opener, “N.W.O.” This song, which stands for “New World Order,” samples a speech made by George H. W. Bush, and has a very catchy (if repetitive) rhythm which is worthy of a toe-tapping. Track two, “Just One Fix,” has punching drums and chugging guitars which wouldn’t be out of place on a Rammstein record. Likewise, “Hero” is very speedy, with fast, running guitars. The last highlight on here is the foreboding and apocalyptic title track, which has several whiplash tempo changes. Even though it could stand to be a bit longer, “Psalm 69″ is a C.D. which is as great as it is influential. And it’s the sound of this band (and this album) in fine form, so it will forever be a milestone on industrial metal’s timeline.

    Posted on December 18, 2009