Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ministry-Adios...Puta Madres [Live]

13th Planet

"Adios...Puta Madres" is a 13-track live disc featuring performances from Ministry's final world tour, "C U LaTouR 2008". This disc was recorded over the course of the band's 75-city global farewell jaunt which began on March 25, 2008 in Spokane, Washington and ended with a pair of final sell-out shows in Dublin, Ireland on July 19, 2008. The performances contained here were recorded in Serbia, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Chicago, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, to name a few. The tour was to support their killer 2007 release "The Last Sucker". Al Jourgensen has had this act going for a long time with a changing cast of supporting players. During that lengthy ride the band has gone through synth-pop, industrial chaos and thick, skull bashing metal. Much of the Ministry's more recent material and the bulk of the songs presented here fall into the last of those three categories. There's not a lot of between song banter or unnecessary build-up during these performances. Instead they charge forward with more volume than finesse, but that's the kind of approach that has always worked for them. There's plenty of bashing of former president Bush as well. That comes as no surprise since he had been the target of their last several studio albums. The sound quality is stellar as their raw brutality shines through. They don't even seem to stop for breath at any time. Honestly I wasn't that big on the Ministry in their early days. However, they have grown on me more in recent years with their massive sound and relentless attack. It many ways it's a shame that Jourgensen has decided to call it quits, but of course that is very much his prerogative. Still this live release is certainly a high note to end on if indeed this really is the end.

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