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Album Review

You can almost see Ministry straining against releasing a compilation, not just because it's called Greatest Fits but because they're not featured on the front and obscured on the back cover. And it's also true that the selection isn't quite as lean as it could have been, and it's hurt by non-chronological sequencing, opening with the AI soundtrack contribution "What About Us?" (ignored by listeners — sadly reminiscent of the film itself — yet one of their best singles in years), and careening through their history without any real roadmap. That does result in some unwelcome, unexpected detours, but the basic journey isn't just good, it proves that Ministry's stature as industrial giants isn't just warranted, but that few other bands could be as powerful as they were at their peak. And, in a way, the inclusion of such missteps as "Lay Lady Lay" (which really would have been better suited for a Revolting Cocks album) illustrates just how terrific "Stigmata," "The Land of Rape and Honey," "N.W.O.," "Just One Fix," and "Jesus Built My Hot Rod" are. And, for those that just want a concentrated blast of prime Ministry, this is as good as you'll get.


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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