Psalm 69 (1992)
Filth Pig (1996)
Dark Side of the Spoon (1999)
The 1990’s were a dark time for Ministry. And the music makes a perfect backdrop for all the personal strife and controversy. They started the decade off with what was without a doubt the greatest album they’ll ever release. What isn’t perfect about Psalm 69? I don’t want to get into every single song because everyone here has heard the album a million times over. But when an albums outro (Grace
) is three minutes of one chord, random cymbals, distortion and screaming and is still so awesome you know they were on to something. Actually, I do have one problem with the album. I loved Al’s vocals in N.W.O.
so much and he only sang for a small fraction of the song. But is that really a complaint? That it’s so awesome that I wanted more. Filth Pig wasn’t really as bad an album as people made it out to be. It just had the task of following up such a landmark album. There was no way to follow Psalm 69 really without people being a little disappointed. But calling it a career low (musically) isn’t just. Even when it first came out I really enjoyed five out of the ten songs. From the moment I heard the Fall
and the piano during the outro I was reminded of Baywatch
. And what sixteen year old boy doesn’t like thinking about Baywatch
? Dark Side of the Spoon is another of their albums that gets shat on and I don’t know why. Unlike Filth Pig I loved that album from the second I heard it and I still think today that there are some great songs on it. Sure a couple songs suck (Step, 10/10
) but there are still seven songs on here deserve your attention. That three song spread of Nursing Home, Kaif
and Vex & Siolence
is fucking mint.
Favorite Song (Psalm 69): Grace
Favorite Song (Filth Pig): the Fall
Favorite Song (Dark Side of the Spoon): Vex & Siolence