#tbt Ministry / The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste (1989)

By Randy Nieto
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Industrial pioneers Ministry forged their name early in the game. Their new wave background gave them an edge other metal and industrial bands of the 80’s lacked. Nuances of Al Jourgensen’s pop sensibilities that survived are laced throughout the record with obscure samples and catchy guitar hooks. Some tracks like the Cannibal Song don’t even try to hide it. Bass lines like on “So What” are so groovy you’re not sure if you should keep your feet moving or your head banging. So what is born of this new wave and heavy metal amalgamation is a drone of heavy choppy guitar riffs over dancey industrial beats. The days of singing are gone as Al pretty much shouts throughout this whole record, but he shouts a good hook, and his melodies fit the songs well. I love to lose myself in music, so heavy repetition is a quality I find appealing, which is in abundance on this record. Almost like a house music version of a heavy metal record. The guitar hooks are nothing to scoff at, incorporating perfectly timed samples with a never-ending dance beat. The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste is an excellent precursor and an obvious influence on the heavy guitar sounds of bands in the 90’s like Rage Against the Machine and Nine Inch Nails, not to mention a sign of things to come. Check out the full album on Spotify below.

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