Our old pal Al Jougensen has resurrected the band Ministry for another go around of their industrial metal/punk fusion. Either that or Mr. Jougensen after toiling in his country project Buck Satan might have just had a metal Relapse.
Fans who thought that the band was done after The Last Sucker will find that Al still has some venom in his veins. With enough anger and downright malice to satisfy all who know their work, Ministry delivers another worthwhile effort. I might not put it at the top of the band's discography but it will easily become an album that has a place in their history. Packing an industrial metal punch with such songs as the opener "Ghouldiggers", the blistering "Double Tap" and the crunching title track "Relapse" this disc will keep your neck sore throughout.
Even though there is a few slow spots they are not that bad and few and far between. The first single off the album "99 Percenters" is really quite repetitious and although not enough to make me hit skip, it is not the band at their best. Their cover of S.O.D's "United Forces" is cool but not thrilling. Then there is "Weekend Warrior" which is just boring.
The rest of the album ranks from good to real good but never really seems to grab you like the band was capable of doing previously. Yes, I do like the disc but for me it seems like Jougensen might have been better off spending just a little more time with the album. After such a long hiatus maybe I was expecting too much. Ministry gives you a very good album but certainly not the powerhouse I was hoping for.
2. Double Tap
5. United Forces
6. 99 Percenters
8. Weekend Warrior
9. Get Up Get Out n' Vote
11. Relapse Defibrillator Mix