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Editors’ Notes

Al Jourgensen says Ministry is calling it a day with 2007’s The Last Sucker, the final installment of his anti-Bush trilogy that began with 2004’s Houses of the Mole and continued with 2006’s Rio Grande Blood. Now, Ministry has always been Jourgensen’s project, so the “retirement” could be purely in name only, as Al is pretty wedded to his grinding, industrial rhythms and scorching guitars that pummel and wah-wah into the night. He’s always envisioned humanity as a bleak condition and his political views are strong and uncompromising throughout. He uses President Bush’s own words against him and keeps up the intensity with beats that run a murderous course. “Watch Yourself,” “Life is Good,” “No Glory” and “Death and Destruction” travel the high-speed Ministry rail. Curiously, the Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues” is thrown into the tree shredder, essentially so Jourgensen can sink his teeth into the “The Future’s uncertain but the end is always near” line. Jourgensen doesn’t offer many surprises here, but he does offer his usual mix of hard, uncompromising rock and cathartic release. He’s off the White House Christmas card list for good.

Customer Reviews

The Last Sucker - You Want it, You Got it

Whether or not you care about the band's politics, you need to get this album if you are a Ministry fan. Dark Side of the Spoon" tuned me away from "Ministry years ago, and this album came and reclaimed my loyalty. If you were a fan of "Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste," "Land of Rape and Honey" and "Psalm 69," then you will likely enjoy the album.

If you're going to go out...

Go out with a BANG!!!! i could write a long review, I could try to explain why this record is great, why it is a fitting way to end Ministry's existance... But If I have to explain... then you wouldn't understand. So, Thank you Ministry, Thank you for 27 years of music Thank you for being the soundtrack of my life.

Anger. Rage. Indignation.

This is for all those suckers who voted for GW!

Biography

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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