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Album Review

Ministry's long goodbye continued with Adios...Putas Madres, a live album that followed a remix collection, a covers comp, and even a charity single for the Chicago Blackhawks, all of which were released after leader Al Jourgensen announced he was dismantling the band for good. But if you ever think Ministry could be among those who milk their retirement announcement for all it's worth, this is far from being a cheap cash-in. If you go by their fickle Internet forums, it may not even be a gift to the fans, at least not the ones who only covet the middle sliver of the band's long discog. The material here is pulled from Ministry's last three albums, a hitless George W. Bush-hating concept trilogy that alienated some longtime fan club members — known as the Piss Army — while still yielding a high amount of prime material. Adios contains arguably the best songs from the three, pumped up to maximum volume with both the guitar crunch and percussion blasts raging harder than before. It's exactly the formula used on their last live album, Sphinctour, and those familiar know it works, as long as you love both the source material and relentless pummeling that would make most tap out early. Even if there's no consoling the fans who wanted a career-spanning kiss-off or one more go with the mid-period hits, Adios is a worthy fringe release, worth the attention of anyone who thought final studio album The Last Sucker absolutely destroyed.


Formed: 1981 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Until Nine Inch Nails crossed over to the mainstream, Ministry did more than any other band to popularize industrial dance music, injecting large doses of punky, over-the-top aggression and roaring heavy metal guitar riffs that helped their music find favor with metal and alternative audiences outside of industrial's cult fan base. That's not to say Ministry had a commercial or generally accessible sound: they were unremittingly intense, abrasive, pounding, and repetitive, and not always guitar-oriented...
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