Fans of Heavy Metal and Industrial music will no doubt be familiar with the name Al Jourgensen and Ministry. Long mainstays of the scene and former Lollapaloza tours, Ministry is back with this DVD Audio release.
Age have done nothing to mellow the band and they continue their fusion of best that Metal, Punk and Industrial. The songs all have a heavily produced but raw sound to them and because of the DVD Audio, there's a depth and mid-range to the music that I've never noticed on other releases.
Blistering fast in some places, there's still a feeling of swelling and pressure in your chest with the constant roar of the guitar and bass combined. The group has a way of coercing sounds from their instruments that just don't seem natural and that's another thing that makes them all the more appealing.
There are 10 songs on the disc, and if there is one complaint, it's that a few of them suffer from the same beat and pacing. This causes some of them to seem like they run headlong into one another without any real separation. Despite that, it's a constant barrage of rock that's far better than their past few efforts. Several of the songs display a groove that was previously missing from the group and adds a new level of enjoyment. The song's include:
When played in a standard DVD player, each title is accompanied by a title card that displays various bits of artwork and the title of the song. Likewise, the user is also presented with various options. Aside from the set list of songs, the DVD also has a short documentary with Jourgensen describing the basis of the songs and where he was personally when they were written. There's also a short text history of the band that describes the journey Jourgensen and partner Paul Barker have gone through to get where they are today.
Video: There's really no true video on the disc with the exception of the stills, which look sharp and colorful and the documentary footage, which has been process and filtered to have a red tint.
Audio: The one reason to have this disc, six full channels of pumping rock that fills the speakers and room better that any disc I've heard before. As I described in the review, there is a depth to the mid-range that I've never heard on a CD before. That's likely from the extended definition and range that the DVD Audio allows. This truly sounds like the future of music, especially when compared to the Super Audio CD releases I've heard.
Extras: As in the review, all there is a text history of the band and a short, too short, documentary/interview clip.
Overall: Ministry climbs back into the pioneering seat they took many years ago when the released their amazing "Land of Rape and Honey" CD and they refuse to let go quietly with this new release that will sure please all old fans and bring in a few new ones.