Ministry
The Last Sucker


3.0
good

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
September 28th, 2007 | 43 replies | 9,688 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Ministry don't go out at the top of their game. Instead they prove beyond a doubt that they're running out of ideas, and it's time to quit.

What can you say about a band that you really like when they announce that they’re releasing their final album? You could just hope that they’ll eventually come out of retirement for the inevitable cash-grab/reunion tour or you can simply look back on their past fondly. In my mind, Ministry is a band with four distinct eras and two peaks. The first era would be their techno-pop beginnings of which I choose to ignore. The second era would be when they entered into the realm of Industrial Metal and also features their first peak with the album The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste. The third era would be what I refer to as the dark ages of Ministry and starts with the lackluster Filth Pig. The dark ages were finally broken with the release of Houses of the Mol which ushered in their fourth and final era when the quality returned to their music, and also brought about their second peak with the album, Rio Grande Blood.

Now even if you’ve somehow missed the big red three at the top corner of this review, the fact that I just referred to their previous album as another peak lets you know that this album is not Ministry going out at the top of their game. There’s just something wrong about this album, almost as if the band were just going through the motions. The riffs just seem kind of boring and uninspired. They're good heavy riffs for the most part, but there's nothing that is going to stand out by the close of this album. The rest of the music, from the beats to the industrial influences, follow the same kind of solid, yet uninspired feel as the guitar riffs.

The album starts out promising enough with the song, “Let’s Go”. It begins with a few samples before jumping right in with a high energy riff and Al’s distorted vocals, but by the end of the song there’s just this feeling as if something was missing. The second track doesn’t help things very much as the main riff is fairly boring and the song doesn’t seem to go anywhere. Even an increased industrial influence in the beat doesn’t do much to help this song. With the next two tracks, “Life is Good” and “The Dick Song”, the level of quality picks up considerably. The riffs are well written and inspired, the beats are hard hitting and diverse, and the songs have enough variance to make them interesting from start to finish. In fact, it can safely be said that “The Dick Song” is one of my favorite Ministry songs of all time. It starts out with another sample before breaking in with one of the heaviest and coolest riffs to ever grace a Ministry song. Over that, Al’s distorted vocals come in sounding more pissed off then he has in years. After a few moments, the song picks up speed, Al’s vocals change up their sound, and it just continues to just be heavy and suck you in with its slight groove and catchiness.

From there, though, the quality takes another drop with the title track. The song is slow and plodding and the main riff sounds like something that could have been rejected from Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood album. It’s with this song that the realization sets in that the songs just seem to feel rushed, as if there was a “good enough” attitude while writing this album. After the disappointing title track, the quality picks back up to the levels they were at on the first two tracks, but all that means is passable, but uninspired, guitar riffs, shots at the administration, and a general feeling that something is missing. Some people have referred to the ten minute closing track, “End of Days Pt. 2”, as one of the best songs Ministry has ever done, but I don’t see it. It starts out with a repetitive rock riff, a slow beat and clean spoken vocals, with children singing the song title in the background before a solo comes in that, although well played, is too little too late for this album. Besides, after the solo it goes right back into the same riff, with Al’s distorted vocals, and random political sound bytes with absolutely no change for over ten minutes.

There are quite a few things that bother me about this album, but it is still a good album overall. The problem arises due to the fact that it is below the standards most Ministry fans have come to expect again since Houses of the Mol. Despite the rating, I think this album will end up being purchased (or acquired) by a lot of Ministry fans simply because it is their final album. If it was not their final album then most, including me, would probably avoid it. For those that don’t really have an opinion on Ministry or simply don’t like them, then you can safely avoid this album, although I’d still recommend tracking down, “The Dick Song.” For the rest, pick this up when you don’t have other purchase options and you’ll find a solid Industrial Metal offering despite it just going through the motions, but by the end of it you’ll probably find yourself agreeing with Al that it definitely was time to hang it up before it was too late.



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south_of_heaven 11
September 28th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good album.

Willie
Moderator
September 28th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Exactly... it's a good album, but not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for much more effort since it was a deliberate "swan song" for the band... instead it seemed forced.

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south_of_heaven 11
September 28th 2007



5426 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review.

jk2two
September 28th 2007



105 Comments


The riffs just seem kind of boring and uninspired.


Ministry has been trying to make 6 minutes songs out of a minute and a half worth of ideas for about 15 years now... Land of Rape & Honey is my favorite, everything else is so dang repetative.

Mikesn
Emeritus
September 28th 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is pretty dull. Rio Grande Blood was so much better.

Willie
Moderator
September 28th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ministry has been trying to make 6 minutes songs out of a minute and a half worth of ideas for about 15 years now
I could see that, but since the riffs on a lot of the songs were so damn good in the past, they got away with it... not this time.

Pebster49
September 28th 2007



2987 Comments


wow how typical...Bush Bashing...they join Linkin Park among others, how cute

Meatplow
September 29th 2007



5524 Comments


Sad to hear they are quitting.

tribestros
September 29th 2007



918 Comments


This album may be horrid, but Pebster49...Ministry was Bush-bashing before you were born...we mean OLD Bush.

Willie
Moderator
September 29th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I was sad to hear they were quitting too, but with the release of this album I understand that Al is doing the mature thing...

Oh, and Bush bashing isn't a new thing at all (as tribestros pointed out). Check out the video for their 1992 song, NWO, if you don't believe us:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlcvJjRvT7c

Wizard
September 29th 2007



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Ministry don't go out at the top of their game, but prove beyond a doubt that they're running out of ideas, and it's time to quit before they decline any further."

Ive been a Ministry fan for years and own all their albums and most of their EP's. Their last three albums (the Bush hating ones) have been consistent as a whole, but have a bit of filler here and there. Great review, always enjoy reading them WillieFisterbut.

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Willie
Moderator
September 29th 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I've been a Ministry fan for years as well, although I did skip all the early techno stuff, and also all the "dark ages" era stuff as well. I agree that the last three have been consistent but, this last one is the least consistent.

and thanks....

Wizard
October 1st 2007



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

After a few more listens, I have to agree with you Willie. Its just not up to par with their last two albums.
If you are going to listen to any of their techno albums, The Land of Rape and honey is solid. Lots of rock and electronics mixed up.

Willie
Moderator
October 1st 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I may eventually push back into their past and try some more of their electronic stuff, but I've got a lot of other CD's I want to buy right now.

Wizard
October 23rd 2007



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I have no idea where to post this so I thought I would do it here. For some reason I put up a news article about the Ministry bassist that died a couple days ago. Why the fuck was it erased off the metal news section. I know that it hadn't been posted before and I was respectful when I posted it. WHY staff, why?


Mikesn
Emeritus
October 23rd 2007



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It was posted before, just not under the Ministry page.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/news.php?newsid=4600

Willie
Moderator
October 23rd 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, what he said... I posted that news article, but I posted it under Killing Joke because that was his original band and the one that made him well-known to other musicians... if he was never in Killing Joke he probably would have never been in Ministry, Godflesh, Prong... and the list goes on.

Wizard
October 23rd 2007



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thank you muchly you guys. I feel like such an ass now for getting all hot headed about it.

Willie
Moderator
October 23rd 2007



15774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

If it makes any difference, I thought about posting it under Ministry instead of Killing Joke just since I figured it would get more attention listed under Ministry, but I stuck to my original plan.

Wizard
October 23rd 2007



18784 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I just went over to the Killing Joke news section and I would say that just as many people posted there as they would have on the Ministry forum anyway.



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