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  • Marking Ministry’s first recording on new label Sanctuary Records; “Sphinctour” shows the modern day Ministry still being able to pound out their brutal and unadulturated brand of industrial carnage live. Al Jourgenson’s voice sounds great, in fact possibly better than he did on Ministry’s last live album “In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up”. Every single song, from “Psalm 69″, “Filth Pig”, “Just One Fix”, “N.W.O.”, “Hero”, “Thieves”, and “Lava” are some of the best live recordings from any band I have ever heard, and proves wrong all the naysayers that have said this band doesn’t have it anymore (even though I wasn’t too fond of the albums “Filth Pig” or “Dark Side of the Spoon”, I still had my faith in Al, Paul and crew). My only gripe is that “Sphinctour” is too short set wise. I would have loved to have seen “Burning Inside”, “Land of Rape & Honey”, “Cannibal Song”, “Breathe”, “Stigmata”, “Tonight We Murder”, and yes, even “Jesus Built My Hot Rod” included on this set, but oh well. All in all, “Sphinctour” is a fantastic live album that is a definite must have for any and every Ministry fan.

    Posted on January 5, 2010