Filth Pig ends up the runt of the litter for Ministry

by Chris Stelmak

Daily Cougar Staff

Ministry has gone straight to the trough with its latest album, Filth Pig. It is definitely a step back from Ministry's previous efforts.

The album is not bad, but it does not compare with the speed of Psalm 69, the harshness of The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste or the smooth grating of The Land of Rape and Honey,.

Al Jourgensen and Paul Barker teamed up with new drummer Rey Washam in an abandoned brothel outside of Austin to record Filth Pig. Problems came by the bundle when recording the album because of technical failures.

The problems come out in the album.

Ministry seems to be trying for something new with this album. On previous efforts, the drums stood out more, along with simple, short guitar parts. But Filth Pig uses a lot less drums with longer, softer guitars.

The grating "Reload" starts off the album by knocking the listener off his feet. Short pieces of grinding guitars repeat while Jourgensen wails.

"Lay Lady Lay" is another redeeming song off the album. Ministry shows the world its industrial version of the Bob Dylan song. The rest of the album falls short of Ministry's standards with songs that are rather slow without much of a spark.

The album is not bad, for an average industrial band. Much more is expected of Ministry after putting out several ground-breaking albums, though.

Ministry will be playing today at 8 p.m. at The International Ballroom with Jesus Lizard and Laika & The Cosmonauts. Tickets are $26.50. Call 629-3700 for more information.

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