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Classic Album Review: Ministry | Animositisomina

Al Jourgensen's eight release is a great title in search of an album.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


The Land Of Rape and Honey. The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste. Dark Side Of The Spoon. I’ll say this for Ministry’s Al Jourgensen: He always has cool CD titles.

Animositisomina is another winner — coupled with the religious iconography and slaughtered lambs on its cover, the palindromic handle is a succinctly eloquent metaphor for the vicious cycle of religious hatred. Heavy, man. Too bad the rest of Animositisomina isn’t as deep or provocative. Although it is damn heavy. Outfitted with wall-to-wall buzzsaw guitar sludge, thwacking post-industrial drumbeats, ear-scraping production and howling, growling echo-chamber vocals, these 10 songs are rightly billed as a return to the corrosive intensity of 1992’s hit Psalm 69. Well, Al and partner Paul Barker may have their sound back, but they don’t have the vision. Or the hooks. Or the choruses. Bottom line: Nothing here holds a candle to oldies like Jesus Built My Hotrod or Just One Fix. Which ultimately leaves Animositisomina just a great title in search of an album.