Rio Grande Blood-my new favorite Ministry album. This is Ministry’s most brutal release yet. I think they are one of the most creative bands out there. This is a “must have” album for all Ministry fans. Every track on this disc is killer, especially Senor Peligro, and Gangreen (gang of green:marine corps). Houses Of The Mole shows us that Al doesn’t like Gov. Bush all that much but Rio Grande Blood takes it up several notches to explosive, seething hatred for George W. and the rest of his crooked cronies. It’s an all out assault of ferocious contempt and I love it. BUY IT!!
With Rio Grande Blood (5/2/06 – 13th Planet Records/Megaforce), Ministry’s chief executive madman Al Jourgensen harnesses bunker-busting guitar missiles, drums which pummel like carpet bombs and audio samples ripped from today’s headlines promulgating the grim reality of the State of the Union. Rio Grande Blood is an industrial guerilla Patriot Act admonishing conformity and embracing the concept that national pride takes many forms and questioning authority in a free society should not come at the price of being labeled as seditious with fear of imprisonment.
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This is Ministry’s fastest and heaviest album ever. You could go as far as to call it Thrash. Riffs! Riffs! Riffs! Like House Of The Mole’ before it, Rio Grande Blood is filled to the brim with political attacks on Bush. This is good and bad. Mostly bad. For one, this record(and Houses Of The Mole) is going to be EXTREMELY dated years from now, given that all the political rants are current issues. Plus, I don’t know about you, but I love my Ministry Bush-free. Hearing Bush’s voice is sometimes annoying to have to listen to after a while. There are a lot of other samples throughout that are less annoying though. This is not to say that the political attacks are not relevant cause they are. Jourgensen is only stating the obvious truth. This is a small complaint though. Any Ministry fan should pick this up because it is an amazing record. Fast as hell buzz-saw riffs, distorted bass, ominous synths, pummeling drums, and harsher-than-normal Jourgensen screams! Everything you know and love is here. Industrial Metal in your face! Plus with contributions from the likes of Tommy Victor(Prong) and Paul Raven(Legendary Killing Joke), this record stands all on its own. Stand out tracks include Rio Grande Blood, Yellow Cake, Gang Green, and prolly the best song on here, Lies Lies Lies. Every song is a winner though. Jourgensen proves once more that Ministry doesnt mess around and is truly a force to be reckoned with. I hope there is more to come in the future, but hopefully not so political. A must own album
As one can tell by the cover, Rio Grande Blood is very politically based lol. And why not, this is our world and the evil-doers should be exposed. Rio Grande Blood is a good after coming of Houses of the Mole. Heavy, angry and just good industrial ministry pleasure. And Filth Pig is actually the line that seperated the real Ministry fans from the so-called Ministry fans, Filth Pig was amazing especially with tracks like “Lava” which they play amazing live. In fact the Filth Pig tours around 1996 were some of the best. Dark Side of the Spoon and Filth Pig showed that you don’t always have to be very thrash agressive or fast paced with the guitars and can therefore be more slow calculated and dark. Which Al showed on dark side with “Whip and Chain”. Your always going to have the people that just love the speed, and you’ll have the people who love speed and or all the above. Rio Grande Blood is definitely speed, but also has it’s good industrial darker moments, I think it’s one of Ministrys heaviest albums. But with all Ministry albums you always get a mix of both. Overall a very satisfying release from Ministry.
this is the 2nd Ministry album released since long time collaborator Paul Barker left the band. this is also their 3rd full-length studio album since being dropped by Warner Bros records. this shows that nothing can stop Al Jorgensen and his industrial metal onslaught. its hard to believe that its been 18 years since Land Of Rape And Honey was released. but after all this time, Al can still pull off a brutal, confrontational Ministry album like Rio Grande Blood. under his rule, Ministry has evolved into more of an actual band, rather than a one-man industrial entity involving drum machines, samples, and various programming. Rio Grande Blood is even more in your face than their last album, Houses Of The Mole’, both musically & politically. even the album cover is more intense (and bound to cause more controversy). but there’s no such thing as bad press. this album gets my vote as one of the best metal releases of 2006.
Building on the work the did a couple of years ago on _Houses of the Mole_, Ministry continues to dig deep into their bag of industrial/speed/death/electronic/metal tricks and licks. For whatever the reasons, a Bush presidency seems to bring out the best in them as these last two albums have an intensity and focus that were lacking on most of the albums that followed _Psalm 69_ like _Dark Side of the Spoon_, and _Animositisomina_ (or however that last one is spelled). As someone who is 41 and has been listening to Ministry for almost 20 years, I can’t wait to see them this Sunday night at the Ridglea Theater in Fort Worth, Texas, as they kick off this tour! Do I dare tempt the fate and destiny of the free world by hoping for a Jeb Bush presidency just to see if Ministry can keep it up?