MINISTRY - Adios… Puta Madres

Ministry - Adios… Puta Madres

13 songs
67:41 minutes
***** **


Nobody can deny that Ministry have been one of the most important and influential bands of the last thirty years. Starting out as a wave pop band, they became the godfathers of industrial metal, and towards the end of their career, sped their sound up to create a soundtrack against the politics of the Bush family. Although last year’s cover versions album Cover Up was already intended as a farewell gift to fans, we get now Adios… Puta Madres, a live document recorded during their last tour which comprised more than seventy dates.

You would have expected a representative playlist of everything they did from their legendary In The Land Of Rape And Honey (1988) over their platinum certified mega success Psalm 69 (1992) to their recent CDs. Unfortunately the track list is not only limiting itself to the three albums making up Ministry’s anti-George W. Bush trilogy, but the running order couldn’t be less inspired either. Adios… Puta Madres starts with the first five tracks of their last studio album The Last Sucker, then continues with the first four tracks from Houses Of The Molé (2004), and finishes with four tracks, although this time culled from all over, from Rio Grande Blood (2006). This feels extremely lazy, and maybe explains the offensive album title.

On the good side though, the sound quality is excellent, and Ministry are really at home in their late period hyperspeed industrial metal. Al Jourgensen barks his vocals as if he caught a bad case of rabies. Numerous samples of George W. Bush (some exquisitely manipulated to make him say things he never said like this) make for a politically charged atmosphere. The backing band couldn’t also be tighter. Tommy Victor (guitar) is probably better known for his work in Prong. Sin Quirin (guitar) was Jourgensen’s sidekick on the last Revolting Cocks album.

If during the last five years, Ministry seemed like Al Jourgensen’s brainchild, it should not be forgotten that countless impressive artists were also involved in the band’s long running career. Paul Barker was an essential creative force between 1988 (when the band finally became a household name in industrial music) and 2004 (although no longer involved in the songs on this live album). It’s no surprise that there is a lot of bad blood between these two artists. Chris Connelly’s vocals were also a not to be underestimated trademark between 1988 and 1992, and of course the late Paul Raven (formerly of Killing Joke) who sadly passed away in 2007.

Adios… Puta Madres is a good live album that makes fun listening to, and documents adequately over its generous running time of 68 minutes the last five years of Ministry, but fans would have deserved a more representative cross-section of this unique band’s long career!

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